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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.)

Signature HealthCARE acquires first hospital

As federal legislation and other changes push health care providers to work more closely together, Signature HealthCARE has acquired its first hospital, Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley, Fla.

SHC leaders were on hand earlier this week for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of NFCH’s new specialty center. For more about the event, view the footage above from local NBC affiliate WJHG News Channel 7.

For more about NFCH, click HERE.

 

 

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.

Louisville aging care evolution covered by McKnight’s

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living has published a column from several aging-care leaders detailing Louisville’s rise to prominence as a hub for aging care and innovation. To read the article, click HERE.

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 www.ltcrevolution.com.)

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.”

 

 

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.

 

NY Times covers Louisville aging-care effort

 

The New York Times published a story this week about Louisville’s standing as a burgeoning aging-care hub. To read the article, visit The New York Times website.

 

Courier-Journal covers National Day of Prayer at SHC

The Courier-Journal, Louisville’s daily newspaper, covered Signature HealthCARE’s National Day of Prayer event. The event featured nearly a dozen representatives from different religions and traditions, reciting prayers.

A number of political figures also attended, including state Attorney General Jack Conway, federal congressman John Yarmuth, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and others.

To read the article, click HERE.

Signature CRO Jeff Beaty pens magazine article on wandering and elopement

Long-Term Nursing Home ManagementJeff Beaty, Chief Research Officer for Signature HealthCARE, wrote the cover story for the current issue of Advance for Long-Term Care Management on wandering and elopement among nursing home residents.

To read the article, click HERE and go to page 12.