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SHC Year in Review – 2013

This year was a pivotal one  for Signature in many ways. Take a look below at some of the highlights…

  • Signature successfully moves into acute care after purchase of Northwest Florida Community Hospital (December/January)
  • U.S. News & World Report names Signature homes among nation’s best (February)
  • More than half of Signature centers achieve four- or five-star rating (April)
  • Six new centers in Kentucky and Indiana join Signature family (April)
  • Signature’s second annual interfaith National Day of Prayer ceremony joins political, business and community leaders with residents and staff from Signature centers to celebrate the freedom to pray and exercise one’s faith. Representatives from about a dozen faiths or religions gathered on stage to offer unique prayers of healing and unity. (May)
  • Reflect N Us art gallery launched to showcase residents’ artistic abilities. There were more than 600 entries. (July)
  • TransitionalCARE program earns Spirit of Innovation Award at LTC & Senior Living LINK Conference in Chicago (July)
  • Seven centers in Indiana, North Carolina and Kentucky join Signature (August)
  • AIT (Administrator In Training) Rockstar Academy debuts (August)
  • Signature facility CEOs meet to map future of company (August)
  • Signature is honored as one of nation’s ‘Best Places to Work’ by Modern Healthcare (August)
  • Third annual SHC vacation takes residents to Branson, Missouri for Ozark Mountain adventures (September)
  • Record crowd attends third annual Senior Olympics (September)
  • Signature affiliate HomeNow Medical Supplies opens first retail location (October)
  • Serenity Summit educates staff, others about Alzheimer’s and dementia care (November)
  • Residents honored with largest-known Hall of Fame induction ceremony on record, with 322 honorees at 77 locations (November)
  • First Louisville Innovation Summit draws leaders and visionaries from long-term care and beyond to envision the future of aging care (November)
  • Serenity Summit lays groundwork for new Alzheimer’s/dementia education programming (November)
  • Three Ohio centers join Signature (December)
  • ’12 Days of Service’ volunteer program offers team-building, renewed purpose (December)
  • 12 Signature homes now on Eden Alternative Registry with more to come (December)

A look back: Signature goes to Myrtle Beach

Last fall, about 100 residents and caregivers from 22 homes in Signature HealthCARE’s Rural Segment embarked on a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with one thing in mind: the adventure of a lifetime.

For more about the trip, check out the YouTube video below. (Video courtesy of Signature’s Yohan Park.)

Lexington Herald-Leader tells story of Lee County resident’s maiden voyage to the ocean

The Lexington Herald-Leader this week published an article about James Gabbard, a 77-year-old resident at Lee County Care and Rehabilitation Center who had never seen the ocean until he visited Myrtle Beach in September as part of a trip Signature organized for several of its homes.

To read the article on the Herald-Leader’s website, click HERE.

Signature leaders discuss importance of CNAs in new video

Several Signature HealthCARE leaders have completed CNA training, while others are in the process now. To understand the reasoning behind the effort, the importance of servant leadership and the vital role CNAs play in long-term care, visit Signature HealthCARE’s YouTube channel and watch

Revolution in action: Signature residents head to Myrtle Beach








This week, about 100 residents and caregivers from homes in Signature HealthCARE’s Rural Segment embarked on a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with one thing in mind: the adventure of a lifetime.
Residents and staff from Signature homes in Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida boarded charter buses early Monday and arrived that evening. The group left early Thursday with plenty of stories and even some first-time experiences. For many, the week held a lot of ‘firsts.’ First time seeing the ocean. First time seeing tall buildings. First time on a helicopter. First time parasailing.
Suffice it to say ‘fear’ was not a word in these residents’ vocabularies.
Quality of Life leaders spent the better part of 2012 planning, with facilities hosting various types of events to fund the trip. Segment QOL leaders Angie McAllister, Ellie Curry and Roni Scheurer worked tirelessly, before and during the trip, to make sure it was fun and memorable for the elders who went. Safety, as always, was paramount, and there were no mishaps save for one SHC home office employee who sustained a few nasty scrapes while flying a kite on the beach. (He’s okay.)
Last year, Signature residents took a similar trip to Walt Disney World. The trips serve as proof of Signature’s mission to “radically change the landscape of long-term care forever,” and evidence of the company’s commitment to culture change in nursing homes.
For pictures, visit Signature HealthCARE’s Google Plus page. Be sure to check back periodically as more are posted. Also, be sure to check out Angie McAllister’s Quality of Life blog for more stories and details about the trip.

U.S. Congressman Mitch McConnell visits Signature HealthCARE

(Note: Signature HealthCARE welcomes all manner of political discourse and opinion, and regularly hosts elected officials in its facilities and offices regardless of party affiliation. These visits should not necessarily be taken as an endorsement of the views or policies of any particular party or representative. Signature strives to be a conduit for the freedoms this great nation affords through the company’s three pillars: Spirituality (the freedom to choose/to be); Education (the freedom to learn, think and opine); Intrapreneurship (the freedom to express new ideas and manifest those ideas into reality. For more about Signature, visit

With the national presidential election just over two months away, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spent an impassioned hour with stakeholders at Signature HealthCARE’s home office in Louisville last week, answering questions and detailing reasons he believes the nation is in need of new leadership.

During the event, arranged by SHC Director of Legislative Affairs Kathy Gallin, McConnell specifically discussed the Affordable Care Act – the health care reform bill signed into law in March 2010 that sparked a lengthy and ongoing debate among members of Congress. McConnell called the bill “the single worst piece of legislation that’s been passed in modern times.”

“For the country, it’s an unmitigated disaster,” he said.

The bill includes provisions and requirements that would extend health benefits to the nation’s 30-40 million uninsured. Of those without health insurance, half lack the financial means to purchase it, while the remainder simply choose not to, McConnell said. A “happy circumstance” that also poses cost challenges, he added, is the fact that people are living longer now than they were decades ago.

“The dilemma here for our country is that we can’t provide this much, for this many, for this long.”

To fund the expansion of health insurance coverage, the Affordable Care Act proposes to cut $716 billion from the federal Medicare budget, which would account for half of the money needed. The balance, McConnell noted, will come from new taxes.

To address the matter, the senior U.S. Senator said changes in eligibility rules for entitlement programs are needed, referencing billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

“Why in the world are we spreading these benefits across affluent people in our country?” he said. “We can’t afford it.”

McConnell also touched on an issue central to LTC providers in Kentucky: tort reform. While surrounding states, including Indiana and Tennessee, have in place some form of tort reform to ensure that lawsuits are valid and monetary awards are reasonable. Disagreements between the state Senate and House of Representatives prevented legislation from being passed during the 2012 regular legislative session, but similar legislation is expected to be filed again next year.

Among other issues raised during the visit, McConnell…

• Addressed the United States’ economic woes amid increasing competitive pressures from other countries. To strengthen the United States‘ standing as the dominant economic force in the world, he said we must create a pro-business environment by refraining from overtaxation and overregulation.

• Cast doubt that the U.S. would default on its debt but added that it was a reasonable concern to question whether foreign investors might eventually lose confidence in the U.S. economy and decide to invest elsewhere. He noted that the national debt is now roughly equivalent to the nation’s economy, or Gross Domestic Product. Both the national debt and the GDP hover at about $16 trillion.

• Was sympathetic to Americans’ dismal 12% approval rating of Congress. “If you’re one of the 88 percent, I’m with you,” he said.

• Said parties could work together to solve the nation’s problems and avoid Congressional gridlock. He cited political tandems from opposite sides of the aisle – Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill raising the age of eligibility for Social Security recipients in the 1980s, for instance – that were able to successfully work together to craft important legislation. And, should President Obama be reelected, McConnell expressed a desire to set aside partisan bickering and focus on effective governance.

“It’s time to get serious and get a result,” he said.

Lastly, McConnell expressed industry-wide appreciation for all health care workers.

“To me, everybody in the health care field deserves a lot of credit. I just want to thank you for all you’re doing.”



Rural Segment CNA of the Year featured in Trimble Banner

Margie Webster, a CNA at Signature HealthCARE of Trimble County, in Bedford, Ky., was named CNA of the Year for Signature’s Rural Segment, which operates 30 facilities. The Trimble Banner featured an article about the award and a contributed column from Margie about Signature’s three pillars. See the article above.

Adventure on the high seas; Signature residents headed to Myrtle Beach

Boats, pirates, gambling – sounds like a Mark Twain novel, right?

Wrong. It’s the second annual resident vacation for Signature HealthCARE’s rural segment.

For several months now, Quality of Life leaders in the rural segment have been raising planning a trip to Myrtle Beach for September.

Last year, for the segment’s maiden voyage, QOL leaders took a group of 22 residents to Walt Disney World. (For a video, click HERE.)

This year, even more residents will get to join the adventure – a total of 116 people from 26 Signature facilities will make the journey by bus to Myrtle Beach. And the group plans to make the most of the three-day trip by squeezing in plenty of fun activities, said Angie McAllister, Director of Cultural Transformation for the segment.

“We will be enjoying such things as the Pirate’s Voyage Dinner Show, Casino Cruise along the river – and, of course, the amenities the hotel has to offer including the beach, pool and lazy rivers!”

To pay for the trip, homes have held fundraisers and other activities, even enlisting the help of local officials and organizations. Pickett Care & Rehab, for instance, worked with the local charter of Concerned Motorcyclists of Tennessee/American Bikers Active Toward Education to host a motorcycle ride fundraiser. Tennessee Rep. Kelly Keisling attended, riding shotgun in the sidecar of Ron Irwin, director of the organization’s local charter.

To date, the homes have generated nearly $40,000 through community-wide fundraisers and other activities. But the value of the trip – for stakeholders and residents, alike – far exceeds the money paid.

“What we learned from our experience last year at Walt Disney World was that our Elders loved the opportunity to explore new areas of the country and all of the experiences that go with that,” McAllister said. “We wanted to really offer a vacation for the Elders who could still take advantage of the experience. It has been very successful thus far and we will continue to offer this type of event annually to the Elders who wish to participate.”

The trip takes place Sept. 24-27. Stay tuned for photos and more…

Signature experts published in national mag for leadership in caregiving

Several Signature HealthCARE leaders have been published in recent issues of Advance for Long-Term Care Management, a national magazine and website. To read the most recent article, written by Signature Chief Research Officer Jeff Beaty, click HERE and go to page 14.

To read other Signature HealthCARE-related articles from the magazine, click HERE.


Rockcastle honors residents with Hall of Fame celebration

Rockcastle Health & Rehab recently celebrated our annual Hall Of Fame on July 26, 2012.

We honored four World War II veterans: Clyde Grimes, Clarence Jackson, Everett Owens, and Robert McMillan. All of these gentlemen served abroad and fought bravely for our country, fighting in areas such as Japan, Australia, New Guinea and in the Battle of Hiroshima. (To read more about the honorees, click HERE.)

We honored Carolyn Halcomb, a dedicated employee of 35 years here at our facility. We also honored a couple of our volunteers, Colson and Linda Wilson, for their continued dedication to our facility.

The event went very well with our special guest speaker, Mayor Mike Bryant of Mt. Vernon, and the debut of the Brodhead Sonshine Choir, made up of our very own residents. The American Legion Post 18 out of Stanford, KY performed the Color Guard Program to honor our veterans and their families.

– Rachel Martin, Admissions & Marketing Director, Rockcastle Health & Rehab