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Latest CEO DON School Inspires, Educates & Empowers Signature Leaders

Working with Purpose in Long-Term Care

Louisville, Ky. – April 20, 2018 – Over a dozen Signature HealthCARE leaders are convening at the company’s home office in Louisville, Ky this week for CEO DON School. It’s an intense week of learning outside of the daily whirlwind entrenching leaders into the company culture and industry issues.

“To learn in a hub of other leaders across so many different departments engages our nursing home administrators to be CEOs with fine-tuned knowledge and resources they need to brave this ever-evolving industry,” Mary McNevin, Chief Learning Officer at Signature HealthCARE, said. “We take away the chain of command and build collaboration, and the payoff is always big.”

From action-based and peer-to-peer learning to real world simulations and minute data, Signature’s CEO DON School instills leaders with a powerful toolbox of resources. The week-long training school embodies Signature’s guiding principle committing to lifelong learning for all stakeholders.

“The journey of learning never stops. The leaders in CEO DON School this week will take their experiences back to their teams inspiring others.”

In a changing industry and regulatory environment, Signature leaders can’t predict the future, but they can learn to prepare. And learning is contagious.

Signature’s Spring Break Day Takes Residents on Adventures

Living Fully in Long-Term Care

Louisville, Ky. – April 19, 2018 – At Signature HealthCARE we believe adventures happen at every age and every ability, which is why each year our residents and elders spend Spring Break Day simply having fun. The day is completely outside of the normal routine and schedule empowering our residents to have new adventures, experiences and dreams at any age. Signature’s Spring Break Day reflects our guiding principle committing to be a national leader in quality of life for nursing home residents.

Signature HealthCARE at North Hardin, Signature HealthCARE of Elizabethtown and Bluegrass Care and Rehabilitation residents traveled to a Kentucky staple spending the day at Keeneland. Several residents even walked away from the betting windows as winners.

Signature HealthCARE of Bowling Green, Signature HealthCARE of Madison and Nashville Community Care & Rehabilitation Center at Bordeaux enjoyed a favorite pastime fishing at a local park.

Signature HealthCARE of Heritage Hall elders and stakeholders enjoyed a community cookout.

Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation’s “Gilligan’s Island” themed party brought residents to a tropical place with vibrant music and colorful favors in Marshall County, Kentucky.

Prestonsburg Health Care Center celebrated Spring Break Day with a community cookout with residents, families and stakeholders.

Signature HealthCARE Residents Go to Washington D.C.

Living Fully in Long-Term Care

Louisville, Ky. – March 27, 2018 – Residents and stakeholders from three states and 13 Signature HealthCARE locations traveled to Washington D.C. on Sunday for an American adventure in the Capitol. The 63 Signature elders and stakeholders took in the sights of the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery, a tour of the Capitol building, Lincoln Memorial, Mount Vernon, and other sights of the National Mall.

“The D.C. monuments and museums symbolically show that our country is built by many of us. Our elders were teachers, nurses, pastors, volunteers, and parents, who contributed vibrantly to their neighborhoods, community, and country,” Angie McAllister, Director of Culture Change at Signature HealthCARE, said. “Seeing our elders take in the history and sights at our nation’s capital remind everyone that there is much more life to live at nursing homes.”

The group celebrated one elder’s birthday while in Washington.  Ms. Shirley from Signature HealthCARE of Rogersville celebrated her birthday during a family-style dinner in downtown D.C.

Signature HealthCARE first took elders and stakeholders on vacation to Disney World in 2010. Since then, hundreds of Signature elders and stakeholders have traveled together breaking the mold in the long-term care industry.

Signature HealthCARE Executives and Leaders Achieve CNA Certification

Signature Leaders Lead Industry Becoming Certified Nursing Assistants

Home office stakeholders earn CNA certification.

Louisville, Ky. – March 7, 2018 – In 2011, executives at Signature HealthCARE were the first in the nation to become Certified Nursing Assistants. Now, the movement’s momentum grows with six Signature leaders earning their certification in January 2018 and gaining a firsthand perspective into the frontlines of care.

Certified Nursing Assistants are the backbone of Signature’s mission making up the largest single group of stakeholders. Signature was the first in the industry to turn hierarchy on its head and empower executives and home office leaders to complete the Long-Term Care Nursing Assistant Certification program.

On the other side of their training, the group emerged with a profound appreciation for CNAs and the skill, heart and dedication demanded in daily tasks, outside of the office environment in health administration.

“It was one of the most important and rewarding experiences I have had as a health care professional. Anyone who works in an administrative role in health care should become a CNA,” Betsy Wade, Signature’s Chief Compliance Officer, said.

The road to earning state certification began in November when stakeholders started studying online through Kentucky Community and Technical College System in Maysville, Kentucky.

After spending days in intensive labs and clinical training at Signature HealthCARE of South Louisville, the group reflected on the day and tried to summarize it one word. “All I could muster was tears. For me, a single word could not adequately summarize the experience. The words that came to mind were humbled, service, compassion, and gratitude. I was able to see firsthand how hard our CNAs work and how important their jobs are. They are our front line,” Betsy Wade, said.

With baby boomers aging, life expectancy growing, and hospitals releasing patients to skilled-nursing or short-term rehabilitation, the need for Certified Nursing Assistants will continue to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2026 the need for nursing assistants will grow by 11 percent, faster than the average growth rate for most other occupations.

The roster of Signature stakeholders for this CNA class included: Michael Muldoon, Administrator-in-Training, Jason Armstrong, Administrator, Betsy Wade, Chief Compliance Officer, Sarah Hamilton, Director of Talent Acquisition/ University Relations, Hillary Bayens, Talent Sourcing Specialist, and Jermaine Edwards, Director of Talent Acquisition.

Signature HealthCARE Home Office Stakeholders Volunteer 100 Hours During 12 Days of Service

12 Days of Service Puts Compassion to Work at Signature HealthCARE

Louisville, Ky. – December 12, 2017 – Signature HealthCARE stakeholders at the home office volunteered 100 hours during the annual 12 Days of Service. The program, which began in 2011, has become a beloved company tradition. Stakeholders chose between working shifts as a Certified Nursing Assistant or volunteering for quality of life activities at one of the Louisville area Signature locations.

For those that work as a CNA, the experience serves as a reminder, particularly to stakeholders not working in a clinical capacity, that CNA’s are the heart of Signature HealthCARE. And for those volunteering with quality of life activities from Christmas caroling, bingo and card games, and tree decorating, the experience leaves an impact they take back with them to the home office.

Signature HealthCARE CEO and President, Joe Steier, and Vice President of Spirituality, David Baumgartner, worked as CNAs at Signature HealthCARE of South Louisville. “It’s about going further than talking about our Sacred Six values. It’s about showing our company values at work,” David Baumgartner said.

Stakeholders also volunteered at St. Vincent De Paul’s Open Hand Kitchen as part of the annual 12 Days of Service volunteer program.

Signature HealthCARE Hall of Fame Preserves Patient, Stakeholder and Volunteer Accomplishments

Louisville, Ky. – November 2, 2017 – Across 11 states today, Signature HealthCARE is adding to its Hall of Fame and cementing the stories of over 450 patients, stakeholders and volunteer accomplishments.

Signature HealthCARE’s 2017 Hall of Fame honors over 400 individuals.

 This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include: a lightweight professional boxer; Air Force, Navy and Army servicemen; World War II, Korean War and Vietnam veterans; and numerous small business owners, educators and community volunteers. In addition, inductees include many nurses, physical therapists and Certified Nursing Assistants who have served long-term care patients for over 20 years.

“Everyone has a story, and the Hall of Fame celebrates those stories and preserves them for future generations. The Hall of Fame showcases hundreds of patients, employees, volunteers and others who have impacted others and their community. We treasure this event each year to celebrate those living with purpose in our organization,” Jason Kwart, Signature Hall of Fame co-founder, said.

Since 2003, Signature HealthCARE’s annual Hall of Fame has celebrated the contributions of patients, employees and volunteers. From hometown heroes to nationally recognized servicemen, authors, entrepreneurs and more, thousands have been added to Signature’s Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame inductees are nominated into one of the following categories: academia, author, community involvement, military servicemen, entrepreneur, founder, journalism, leadership, personal accomplishments, professional accomplishments, public service, sports, theater and entertainment and volunteerism.

Signature HealthCARE Recognized for Innovations in Senior Care Community

Signature HealthCARE Awarded with Bluegrass Aging Care Award

Louisville, Ky. – October 25, 2017 – Signature HealthCARE accepted the Bluegrass Care Navigators Aging Care Award yesterday at the MediStar awards. The Bluegrass Aging Care Award is presented to an organization that shows forward-thinking and innovation in providing care for the senior community.

Signature HealthCARE and YourDoc2U leaders celebrate at the Kentucky MediStar Awards.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by others in the healthcare industry. Signature strives to serve every patient along our continuum of care with our mission and compassion at heart, even in the face of growing political and regulatory challenges,” Joe Steier, President and CEO of Signature HealthCARE, said.

Signature HealthCARE is leading the culture change movement in the long-term care industry with 44 locations currently added to the national Eden Alternative Registry, over 100 locations accredited through Providigm’s Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) program and eight locations on the 2016-2017 US News & World Report Best Nursing Homes List.

With the aging of the baby-boomers, the need for short-term care, rehabilitation, long-term care and skilled-nursing will be far greater in the next ten to twenty years. Signature HealthCARE puts its mission of revolutionizing the healthcare industry at the center to constantly implement services meeting the changing needs of the senior community.

The MediStar awards have previously recognized Signature HealthCARE’s Dianne Timmering and Linda Howe for the Hall Render Leadership in Healthcare Award.

Signature HealthCARE Day, Oct. 11th, Marks Anniversary

Over 500 employees in Louisville celebrate Signature HealthCARE Day

Louisville, Ky. – October 11, 2017 – Today marks Signature HealthCARE Day in Louisville, Kentucky, where the company’s home offices are located. The Louisville Metro Council, then-Jeffersontown Mayor Clay Foreman and then-Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson each proclaimed Oct. 11 as Signature HealthCARE Day.

Above: Signature HealthCARE’s home office located in Jeffersontown, Kentucky.

Seven years ago, on Oct. 11, 2010, Signature HealthCARE’s grand opening event celebrated the relocation of Signature’s home office from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. to Louisville. A number of dignitaries attended the event, including U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

Since 2010 and relocating the home offices to Kentucky, Signature HealthCARE has continued to revolutionize the long-term care industry, serve 11 states across the Eastern United States and employ over 18,000 people. Earlier this year, Inc 5000 recognized Signature HealthCARE as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S.

Senators Presented with Save Our Nursing Homes Petition

Save Our Nursing Homes Petition Signed by 10,000 Delivered to Senators

Signature HealthCARE’s legislative director, Kathy Gallin, and Peggy King delivered the Save Our Nursing Home Petition to policy staff at Florida Senator Bill Nelson’s office.

Louisville, Ky. – September 27, 2017 –   Signature HealthCARE delivered the Save Our Nursing Home petition to the halls of Capitol Hill yesterday advocating for our residents. Over 10,000 nursing home residents, stakeholders and more signed the petition.

“We had a wonderful, honest dialogue about the issues in each of the Senate offices of the 11 states Signature operates. We then presented each Senate office with the Save Our Nursing Homes petiton signed by constituents in their state,” Kathy Gallin, Signature HealthCARE’s legislative director said.

Each signature to the Save Our Nursing Homes petition counts and is now in the hands of Congressmen.

With Congress proposing changes to Medicaid, the Save Our Nursing Homes petition puts real names to current and any future proposed Medicaid changes for lawmakers. “It is important for Signature HealthCARE to advocate on behalf of our residents, families and stakeholders, who would be affected by any change the Senate makes,” Gallin adds.