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
  • 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!


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.

Legislative Visits – Key to having our voices heard

Signature HealthCARE of Palm Beach welcomed Florida State Representative Lori Berman this week for a facility visit and tour to meet with residents and stakeholders and see who we are and what we do. Representative Berman has served in the Florida state legislature for the last 8 years and is now seeking the district Senate seat in a special election this April.

We were able to share our Signature mission and vision with Representative Berman, as well as discussing some of the core issues coming up in the 2018 legislative session, such as the impact of Hurricane Irma and the subsequent Rule regarding generators and how the legislature could assist with funding for the changes being proposed. We also shared our concerns regarding the Certificate of Need (CON) and our position that there is no need to repeal or eliminate the CON process.

Always looking to be the best advocates for our residents, stakeholders and communities, we welcome our lawmakers to visit with us as we hope to educate them on the issues and challenges we face while striving to be the best providers we can be!

Happy New Year to all……

Sharing a Hero

In the wake of yesterday’s celebrations around the country honoring all Veterans,, Joanne Giello, Authorization Coordinator with Signature HomeNow in Ormond Beach, shared this great photo of her Dad, a WWII Veteran and certainly her special hero! Thanks for sharing and thank you Mr. Giello for your service to this country….

Tomorrow is Veterans Day-say thank you to all Veterans!

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and sharing this message that was posted by US Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia…..

“Dear Friends,

Each year, we honor our veterans on November 11, a day that marks the end of World War I when the armistice went into effect on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.

Veterans Day is an important reminder for all of us to take a moment to stop and reflect on the service and sacrifice of our veterans. We take for granted sometimes all that we have, but we should never take for granted the sacrifice that many Americans have made so that you and I can be free.

The nation our Founding Fathers gave us remains, principally because of the undergirding foundation of a vibrant military. For without our veterans, there would be no America.

So today and every day, give thanks to the veterans who have served our country, and thank them for the job that they’ve done.”

Let us honor and pay homage to all Veterans in every Signature facility and all across this country!!!


Signature HealthCARE Annual Hall of Fame-2017

November 2nd marked the annual “Hall of Fame” event, at Signature HealthCARE, our company-wide annual celebration of the lifetime achievements of our residents, stakeholders and  Community Leaders.

Our country faces economic and social challenges and the commitment to society takes great precedence in building the fabric of our society. Through their contributions, those that we honor have unselfishly given back to their communities making them true “hometown heroes”.

Highlighted this year are CEO at Signature HealthCARE of Monroe County in Tompkinsville, KY Rita Crabtree and Director Nursing- Kim Poynter who welcomed special guests State Representative Bart Rowland and his wife, Jeri Rowland, Susan Turner, Monroe County Extension Agent, Scotty Turner, Mayor of Tompkinsville, Bob Greer, Mayor of Gamaliel, Richard Turner, former KY State Rep and a Modern Woodman member.  It was an excellent night for all who attended.  Check out the SHC-Monroe County Facebook page for other photos and a huge shout out to all our “hometown heroes” of 2017!


SHC delivers petitions to Congress #saveourNURSINGHOMES

Signature HealthCARE foot soldiers completed their mission last week to deliver petitions from all of our 11 operating states with nearly 10,000 signatures of residents, stakeholders, families and members of our communities voicing our opposition to any cuts to the Medicaid programs that protect and fund our long term care residents.

A journey that began with our great team from the AGENCY, when the first Senate attempt was underway to cut funding, the team took the message to our facilities and began the historic petition drive. When the bill “died” the first go round, we knew that our efforts were not in vain and that Congress would attempt to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act, which contained serious threats to our beloved resident population by reducing Medicaid funding for nearly 63% of the long term care population.

Knowing that we would have another opportunity to have our voices heard –when the Graham-Cassidy bill was drafted it was our time to again raise our voices and let Congress know that we would not, could not let this legislation pass.

So, amidst the chaos last week, armed with our petitions and cameras in hand, we went to Washington, D.C., met with our legislators and legislative staff, urging them to oppose any cuts to Medicaid for the aged, blind and disabled populations – our residents!

We spoke with many legislative offices, some that were in favor of the bill and others that were opposed as we were. And they listened, took notes, asked questions and in a peaceful manor, we delivered our strong message that we cannot support any cuts to a system that was designed to protect its people.

The awesome team, (The AGENCY team) Peggy King, Cait Crenshaw, Kayla Darbyshire and our incredible master of photography Randy Daniels joined me as we went office to office advocating for our residents, stakeholders, families and communities, presenting our bold statement through our #saveourNURSINGHOMES petitions. While we know that the Senate did not take the bill to vote, it will come again and we will be there, again, to raise our voices, share our message and urge Congress to protect our beloved elderly and disabled populations – our families!

Signature HealthCARE promotes talking with our elected officials

CEO of Signature HealthCARE of Palm Beach, Marie Simeus attended a recent event and had a great time talking with Senators Jeff Clemens, Bobby Powell and Perry Thurston. Marie shared that they discussed Medicaid expansion, Certificate of Need and what’s happening now with GOP votes/Obamacare.

Lots of great conversations and interaction with leadership to discuss issues and according to Marie “the food was really good”!

Thanks Marie -one of our great advocates for our residents and stakeholders!!





Why we celebrate July 4th – Independence Day

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!