Signature has been named one of this year’s ‘Best Places to Work in Kentucky’, announced today by the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
Winners are listed in alphabetical order, and a ranked list will be announced during an awards dinner on April 24 at the Lexington Convention Center.
Honorees are divided into three categories – small, medium and large – based on the number of employees. Signature Consulting Services is being recognized in the ‘medium’ category alongside 32 other companies.
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)
The holiday season is in full swing and so is Signature HealthCARE’s ’12 Days of Service,’ a program that allows Signature stakeholders, or staff members, to spend work time volunteering.
Stakeholders are given a number of options, from local nonprofit organizations in need of help to shifts working with facility Quality of Life teams, decorating for the holidays or other activities. Several chose to work shifts as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), as dozens of administrative employees at Signature’s home office have completed the CNA training program during the past two years.
The ’12 Days of Service’ program promotes the spirit of service by helping staff members at Signature facilities with their duties while keeping office workers connected to ‘the field’ and serving as a reminder of purpose.
“To interact with the residents and understand where they’ve been, and what their holidays were like, I think it refocuses us,” said Kathy Berns, Director of Risk Management. “It makes us remember what we’re here for.”
James Aschenbeck, who joined Signature in June but has more than 20 years of experience in the long-term care industry, expressed similar thoughts.
“I’ve been in more nursing homes in six months than I have in my entire career,” he said. “Just to be able to see who you work for really ties it all together. It’s a really neat experience.”
For the Reimbursement Department, the service program also doubled as a group outing, an opportunity team members embraced.
“Oh, I love this,” said Reimbursement Analyst Jamie Forman. “I think this is awesome. You can tell the residents are genuinely excited.”
Meanwhile, Integritas Billing Associate Sandra Garnett and others spent time talking with residents and painting their nails.
“I feel blessed to be a blessing to them because it means a lot to them,” Garnett said. “It feels good to have them enjoy our company and to make them feel beautiful.”
And Holli Jones, a member of the home office Human Resources team, called working as a CNA both humbling and rewarding.
“It’s not an easy job at all, yet most of the CNAs we meet love their job,” she said. “I think everyone should walk a day in a CNA’s shoes because without a doubt you will walk out a different person.”
Signature President Joe Steier and Vice President of Spirituality Dianne Timmering spent their day of service working as CNAs at Liberty Care & Rehab Center in Liberty, Ky. They took a break to hear the resident bell choir perform, and to unveil the ‘Sacred Six,’ a set of values chosen by Signature stakeholders to reinforce the mission and culture of the company, via a live Internet broadcast. View the broadcast below:
Steier praised the team at Liberty for exemplifying these values.
“You can see the teamwork here – it’s very natural,” he said during the broadcast. “It’s innate in the people.”
And Timmering said the values reflect Signature’s culture of inclusiveness and courtesy to promote well-being for both stakeholders and residents.
“The front-line stakeholders chose these Sacred Six, and they were right!” she said. “After our day of service the impact of positivity, patience, teamwork, integrity, and respect all circle back around to the fullness of compassion and hope in healing. Everyone counts. We love our people!”
Signature HealthCARE last Friday hosted the single largest-known Hall of Fame induction ceremony in history, with 322 honorees at 77 locations in seven states.
The Hall of Fame Café celebrations serve to honor Signature residents for their outstanding achievements and life experiences. Employees, volunteers and community members are also honored for their contributions to the nursing homes where they live and serve, and to society as a whole.
Launched in 2003, the Hall of Fame ceremonies have been hosted annually by each Signature home at different times throughout the year. This year, Signature centers hosted the event on the same day, creating a synchronized, company-wide event.
This year’s honorees included war veterans, a former PGA golf professional, a former secret service agent for President George H.W. Bush and many more compelling stories.
Several of the celebrations, including the one at Signature HealthCARE (SHC) at Glenview, in Louisville, were broadcast live via Internet. Others to broadcast the event were SHC of Memphis, SHC of Palm Beach and Chautauqua Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Signature President and CEO Joe Steier attended the celebration at SHC at Glenview to present a history of the Hall of Fame Café.
“Our residents have given so much to their hometowns and our nation, and these contributions deserve to be celebrated,” Steier said. “The Hall of Fame Café induction ceremonies are a small way for us to say ‘thank you.’ ”
For more about Signature HealthCARE’s Hall of Fame Café, visit the website at SHCHallofFame.com. Stay tuned for more updates from individual facility events.
A group of administrators and home office leaders traveled to Atlanta last week to attend Modern Healthcare magazine’s ‘Best Places to Work’ awards banquet, where Signature was honored for the third time.
The annual awards program recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry at varying levels of care. Of thousands of healthcare companies and organizations nationwide, only 100 make the Modern Healthcare list each year.
Signature ranked #6 in the ‘Large Companies’ category and #54 overall, its highest showing yet. Modern Healthcare ‘Best Places to Work’ rankings are based partly on an employer survey, which considers company policies and benefits offered to employees. But Signature’s success was driven largely by surveys that were completed by employees throughout the company who were chosen on a random sample basis.
The following administrators represented all SHC CEOs at the awards banquet: Valerie Hamilton, SHC of Marietta; Loretta Barnes, SHC of Buckhead; Barry Cotton, SHC of Erin; Shawn O’Conner, Westmoreland Care & Rehab and Corky Rodman, SHC of Memphis (Note: Corky was unable to attend due to last-minute circumstances).
Signature Vice President of Spirituality Dianne Timmering and Media Relations Manager Ben Adkins joined the facility CEOs in Atlanta for the awards ceremony.
O’Conner said it was an honor to represent Signature at the event.
“As each of the speakers presented their message on creating an engaged workforce, I could not help but think to myself how blessed we are to work for an organization that has built a culture around stakeholder engagement,” he said. “This award is something everyone at Signature should be proud of!”
While most companies on the list have a few hundred employees, Signature is one of the three largest, with more than 10,000, meaning a greater number of employees were surveyed.
A wide range of healthcare providers and suppliers competed in the program, including acute-care hospitals such as Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound, which took the #1 spot; ZocDoc, Inc., which offers free smart phone apps to help health care consumers to find and schedule appointments with physicians; and global research, technology and consulting firm The Advisory Board Co.
Hamilton said she felt it was Signature’s culture and overall philosophy that helped land the company on the list for the third time – and that helps the company thrive amid challenging circumstances for the industry as a whole.
“In this day and time, when change is continuous, having ‘heart’ is so necessary,” she said.
Cotton agreed that Signature’s culture continues to distinguish the company amongst industry peers.
“It was obvious that our culture of spirituality, innovation and development set us apart as leaders,” he said.