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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!

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.”
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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!

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