SHC’s Sheri Morin rocks it at the 44th FHCACA conference

Back in February, Florida Health Care Activities Coordinators Association contacted me about the possibility of having one of our Directors speak at their 2018 conference and we knew it would be a perfect opportunity for our very own Sheri Morin to grab hold of this wonderful opportunity. On Monday,  July 23rd at their 44th conference, Sheri presented on Integrating Quality of Life with Chronic Disease Management and the audience applauded her presentation!

It is through great leadership that we share our initiatives with others on the great care we provide and with leaders like Sheri Morin we know we are advancing our mission and our vision to radically change the landscape of healthcare, forever!

Kudos to our great partner, Sheri Morin, Quality of Life Director – Urban South.

SHC Monroe County meets with elected officials

SHC stakeholders recently met with KY legislators at a breakfast in Monroe County.  Senator David Givens, State Representative Bart Rowland, a rep for US Congressman James Comer and local Mayors gave updates on past year and bills in the system.  Senator Givens promised he’d pay a visit to SHC Monroe County Rehab and Wellness Center soon!  Attending the event on behalf of SHC were CEO/Administrator – Rita Crabtree, Leslie Smith – AIT and Ashley Hume….

Happy 4th of July

Why do we celebrate the 4th of July – Independence Day in America today?
As the nation celebrates Independence Day – July 4th tomorrow with traditional picnics, parades, fireworks and family gatherings, let us take a moment to reflect on why we actually celebrate the 4th of July….”Independence Day”
In 1775 there were 13 colonies under the rule of England’s King George III. There was great unrest among the colonists around the taxes they had to pay to England – “Taxation without Representation” because the colonists had no say in the decisions of English Parliament….causing great unrest within the colonies.
April 1775 — King George’s troops advance on Concord, Massachusetts, prompting Paul Revere’s midnight ride that sounded the alarm “The British are coming, the British are coming” which prompted the unofficial beginning of the American Revolution.
May 1776 – Almost a year had passed and the colonies were still unable to work out differences with England.
June 1776 –A committee was formed to draft the formal Declaration of Independence.
June 28, 1776 –Thomas Jefferson presented the first draft of the declaration to the Continental Congress.
King George did not want to negotiate with the colonies and sent extra troops to help control any rebellion that might be arising….but the British lost and on July 4th the colonies declared their independence from the British.
July 4th, 1776 – The 13 colonies sent delegates to Philadelphia, to form the First Continental Congress and while there was trouble in the making, the colonies still had not yet declared war. King George did not want to negotiate with the colonies and sent extra troops to help control any rebellion that might be arising….but the British lost and the colonies declared their independence from the British.
August 1776 – Although the signing of the Declaration began on July 4th, it was not actually completed until August, 1776.
And so we celebrate our nations Independence and wish all a happy and safe 4th of July!

 

Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?

As we look to this weekend as a very traveled and celebrated holiday, let us remember why we celebrate Memorial Day and what it is really about.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It is observed every year on the last Monday of May, and it was originally called “Decoration Day” and began being celebrated after the American Civil War in 1868. The name of the holiday was changed to Memorial Day around the time of World War I and then in 1968 Congress signed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968, which mandated that Memorial Day would be one of four holidays observed on a Monday (the other three are George Washington’s birthday, Labor Day and Columbus Day). 

This week, Congress passed the VA MISSION Act, which includes a provision to authorize VA Provider Agreements for long term and post-acute care providers, an initiative which has been the focus of our efforts for decades that will help remove some of existing red tape that may prevent providers from being able to provide care or offering the option to veterans who need both nursing center care and home and community-based services. It is expected that President Trump will sign it before Memorial Day.

So while flags are placed on gravesites of those who gave their lives for our freedoms, children will frolic in parks, the smell of barbeque will be eminent….let us all take a moment to remember all of our Veterans across this country who sacrificed for our freedoms. We salute you, we honor you and we thank all Veterans for their service!

Celebrating National Skilled Nursing Care Week – a visit from KY State Rep. Steve Riley

This week is National Skilled Nursing Care Week and how fitting to celebrate with a visit to Signature HealthCARE of Glasgow by Kentucky State Representative Steve Riley.

Representative Riley is no stranger to SHC-Glasgow and has visited with residents and stakeholders sharing his support of providers and engaging in conversation in his district about the importance of caring for Kentuckians.

A former educator and coach, Rep. Riley stood strong during the recent legislative session in support of telehealth legislation which will enhance care across the Commonwealth. A big “thank you” to Representative Steve Riley for taking the time to stop by and visit with us and for supporting our issues and always listening to our concerns!

 

 

Celebrating the National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer, an event which we at Signature are observing company-wide.

Prior to the Nation’s founding, the Continental Congress issued a proclamation recommending “a day of prayer” be observed on July 20, 1775. As declared in the general orders of George Washington:

“The Honorable the Congress having recommended it to the United States to set apart Thursday the 6th of May next to be observed as a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer, to acknowledge the gracious interpositions of Providence; to deprecate [to pray or intreat that a present evil may be removed] deserved punishment for our Sins and Ingratitiude, to unitedly implore the Protection of Heaven; Success to our Arms and the Arms of our Ally: The Commander in Chief enjoins a religious observance of said day and directs the Chaplains to prepare discourses proper for the occasion; strictly forbidding all recreations and unnecessary labor.” April 12, 1779

President John Adams declared May 9, 1798 as “a day of solemn humility, fasting, and prayer,” during which citizens of all faiths were asked to pray “that our country may be protected from all the dangers which threaten it“.

On March 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation expressing the idea “that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins”, and designated the day of April 30, 1863 as a day of “national humiliation, fasting and prayer” in the hope that God would respond by restoring “our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace“. He went on to say, “…it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”

On April 17, 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer must be declared by each following president at an appropriate date of his choice.

In 1982 the organization called the “National Prayer Committee” was formed to coordinate and implement a fixed annual day of prayer for the purpose of organizing evangelical prayer events with local, state, and federal government entities.

In his 1983 declaration, Ronald Reagan said, “From General Washington’s struggle at Valley Forge to the present, this Nation has fervently sought and received divine guidance as it pursued the course of history. This occasion provides our Nation with an opportunity to further recognize the source of our blessings, and to seek His help for the challenges we face today and in the future.”

In 1988, the law was amended so that the National Day of Prayer would be held on the first Thursday of May. Two stated intentions of the National Day of Prayer were that it would be a day when adherents of all great religions could unite in prayer and that it may one day bring renewed respect for God to all the peoples of the world.

(taken from the Signature Spirituality Pillar)

Senatorial Candidate visits SHC-Muncie

It is our mission and vision to change the landscape of healthcare, and one very key initiative to changing and innovating healthcare policy is meeting with legislators and legislative candidates, inviting them into our facilities and talking with them about the many challenges we face and also to showcase all of the positive things we do within our facilities.

Such was the case recently when Signature HealthCARE of Muncie (a 5 Star facility) stakeholders, CEO-Administrator Keona Parkinson, DON Aaron Wells, transitional care nurse Wilma Carrier and Regional Vice President – Ben Wells sat down with US Senate candidate Mike Braun and had a great discussion related to health policy and the impact on Hoosiers!

Today is Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day – an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February.  Like Independence Day, Presidents’ Day is traditionally viewed as a time of patriotic celebration and remembrance.

It originally was celebrated in 1885 in recognition of our nations’ first President, George Washington when it was called “Washington’s Birthday” which was actually February 22nd , but it “morphed” into a celebration of all Presidents and became Presidents’ Day as part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act. 

Some Facts:

From the 1940s to 1968, Americans observed both our 16th President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12 and Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22.

  • The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971 moved several holidays to Monday, including the two presidents’ birthdays. The new national federal holiday was to be observed on the third Monday of February, and its purpose was to honor all former presidents.
  • Washington is one of only 3 individuals who have official U.S. holidays commemorating their birthdays, including Christopher Columbus and Martin Luther King, Jr., according to biography.com
  • In the early 2000s, half the 50 states had changed the holiday’s name to Presidents’ Day on their calendars
  • In its modern day form, Presidents’ Day is used by many patriotic and historical groups as a date for staging celebrations, reenactments and other events.

Some Fun Facts about Presidents during the past 242 years since 1776:

  • George Washington was the only president elected unanimously. All the state representatives voted for him, partly in an attempt to show the new nation was willing to work together.
  • James Madison was the shortest president at 5 feet 4 inches tall. If you guessed Lincoln was the tallest president at 6 feet 4 inches tall, you are right. But, Lyndon Johnson was also 6 feet 4 inches in height. (By the way, Madison and Washington were the only presidents who signed the U.S. Constitution.)
  • John Adams died on the same day as Thomas Jefferson, July 4, 1826. Amazingly, that day was also the 50th anniversary of the approval of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Franklin Roosevelt was the first president to appear on television, during a 1939 broadcast from the World’s Fair.
  • John F. Kennedy was the first president who was a Boy Scout, and also was the first Catholic elected to the nation’s top job.

Check out this video and learn more about why we celebrate Presidents’ Day and keep the tradition going!

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Signature HealthCARE Senior Olympics- let the games begin

With the Olympics set to begin in South Korea, all eyes are on the athletes that participate to show the world they are the best.  At Signature HealthCARE, we too have our great athletes that practice and participate in our traditional senior Olympic events!

Over the past 3 years Kenilworth Care and Rehabilitation center has hosted the SHC Senior Olympics in Sebring.  Every year it gets bigger; in 2017 we hosted 11 facilities. This year on January 11th, 2018; Signature Healthcare hosted 16 facilities to particpate in the olympics at the Highlands News Center in Sebring, Florida. There was a lot of preparation to make this event successful.  Five facilities traveled the day before; Brookwood Gardens from Homestead, Golfcrest Care and Rehab from Hollywood, Signature of Jacksonville, Signature of Orange Park, and Signature of Gainesfull.  These olympiads traveled far and spent the night at a hotel in Sebring.

The opening ceremoniew were incredible.  The Mayor of Sebring presented a Proclomation to recognize this great event.  SEbring SEnior Olympics Mayor Proclomation

All 16 teams were announced individually and marched in.  Mayor John Schoop read a proclamation and declaring it Signature Healthcare Senior Olympic day.  The olympiads participated in wheelchair races, corn hole, basketball, reacher-relay, volleyball, and a cheer competition.  The overall champions were the Winter Park Red Ninjas.

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