Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville recently hosted a great legislative visit with state Representative David Hawk. Rep. Hawk is no stranger to our Greeneville facility and has visited several times attending our Hall of Fame many times and just stopping by to visit with our residents and stakeholders.
Representative Hawk is aware of the real issues we are facing with an aging population growing, declining Medicare payments, lower occupancy and wage competition from other industries. He shared that his plan is to work with his fellow Legislative colleagues to find ways to try to bring more people into the profession of healthcare, and to try to empower them to get even higher levels of education, especially in the field of nursing. Kudos Representative Hawk!!
Every year Signature HealthCARE facilities hold our “Hall of Fame” event wherein we take great pride honoring our “hometown heroes” who are truly the fabric of our society and inducting them into our Hall of Fame.
We also invite our elected officials to attend (and many of them have been honored as inductees into our Hall of Fame). Last week, Representative Daniel Elliott from Boyle County who is no stranger to our Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation in Danville, Kentucky attended and paid homage to our 2019 Hall of Fame inductees and we so appreciate that he helped us honor this years’ celebrants.
Shown below is one of this year’s inductees, Mr. William Durham, a Veteran who served his country well and is being congratulated by Representative Elliott along with our incredible stakeholders at Danville!
We at Signature take great pride in sponsoring these Hall of Fame events and we thank Representative Elliott for taking the time to be with us honoring those that have given so much.
How do we say “thank you” to our Veterans?
Today is Veteran’s day and flags will be flying high as many of us from all walks of life and every age around the country will attend parades, call loved ones who are currently serving in the military, or by paying visits to Veteran’s that aren’t able to make it to the festivities. Some may even go to grave sites of loved ones that lost their lives defending our freedoms while others will pray silently for our Veterans.
- It was originally called “Armistice Day,” and the date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the “armistice” or truce with Germany to suspend fighting during World War I.
- In legislation passed in 1938, Nov. 11 was dedicated to the cause of world peace and celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” This new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
- In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of veterans’ organizations — amended the Act of 1938 and, with the approval of this legislation, Armistice Day was changed to “Veterans Day.” Therefore, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
- In 1968, the Uniform Holiday Act was enacted. Under this law, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Veterans Day under this new law was observed with much confusion.
- On Sept. 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a new law which returned the observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11.
So no matter how you pay homage to the brave men and women of our armed forces both past and present, the reality is “thank you” is never enough for the valiant service provided by our Veterans to ensure our freedom….but somehow just those words….“thank you for your service” means so much!
Signature HealthCARE of Jackson Manor hosted Jackson County Judge Executive, Shane Gabbard, CVADD PDS supervisor Arlene Gibson and certified Long- Term Care Ombudsman, Aaron Banks, along with stakeholders and residents, to sign the proclamation declaring October 2019 as National Long Term Care Resident’ Rights Month.
The Long Term care Ombudsman Program offers advocacy to any and all residents of long term care as well as resources and guidance for families with concerns or questions related to long term care residents. The Cumberland Valley District Ombudsman, Arlene Gibson serves 8 counties and 18 facilities.
What a great proclamation for those that we serve!
Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County residents and stakeholders recently had a great meeting with US Senator Marsha Blackburn and Tennessee State Senator Paul Bailey. Discussion around issues and concerns that we are faced with as we strive to provide the highest quality of care for our beloved residents and laws that are being passed that impact long term care. Raising our voices to be the best advocates!
FACT: July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence from Great Britain (they did that on July 2, 1776)
- It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775)
- It wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776)
So what did happen on July 4, 1776?
- The Continental Congress approved the actual final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776
- The fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August 1776 is now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?
- For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written it was not really celebrated as our independence was so new and there was a lot more happening in the colonies
- By the 1790s, there was a lot of conflict and the Declaration was very controversial
- One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies
- By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.
- After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to unravel
- Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top (he deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to incluence the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated)
- Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday which was a part of a larger bill that also officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas.
- Again in 1939 there was another bill about national holidays, which again included July 4 as Independence Day!
So there you have it…..our celebration around the nation of July 4th and may we all have a safe and blessed holiday!!
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 while 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).
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.
To all of our Veterans in our Signature facilities and across this country, Happy Memorial Day. We salute you, we honor you and we thank all Veterans for their service!
Whether they come to our facilities or we go to their offices, meeting with our elected officials has always been an initiative of Signature HealhCARE. It gives us a chance to really have an opportunity to discuss key issues of concern that impact our residents, stakeholders and our communities.
Such was the case on April 2nd when Indiana SHC teams attended Long Term Care Professional Day at the Statehouse discussing bills concerning transportation for non-emergency medical transportation for our residents and Guardianship and Medicaid eligibility. Attendees were then honored with a resolution by state leaders for the compassionate service and dedication providing quality care to our Hoosier seniors.
and……This past week our Florida teams attended FHCA’s annual “Lobby Wednesday” meeting with our legislators to discuss the sunshine state’s issues impacting long term care. A Facebook Live rally was held in the Capitol Courtyard this year urging legislators to renew the Medicaid funding increase that was in the 2018 state budget https://youtu.be/DiZ5bvf5fxY .
Following the rally, we had some great meetings sharing with legislators the financial impact to their individual districts if the nursing home funding is not renewed and how funding drives quality improvements as adequate funding is the backbone for long term care and taking care of Florida’s elders should never be a “tough choice”!
We also talked about the need to preserve the Certificate of Need process and how free market money saving myths and repealing CON will not bring free market competition to nursing homes.
It was a great day in Tallahassee!!
Signature teams turned out strong last week for our lobby day in Frankfort in partnership with KAHCF. We met with legislators and discussed key issues impacting our business in the Commonwealth and had some really incredible conversations pertaining to legislative priorities such as SB7 introduced by Senate President Robert Stivers which restores arbitration between employer/employees that has now passed in Senate and has moved over to the House.
We met with House Majority Leader John “Bam” Carney, discussing HB210 which would require inspectors with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to let nursing home management attend their interviews with employees during inspections. and requires inspectors to sign a newly crafted confidentiality agreement barring them from revealing information to anyone outside of the cabinet about what they witnessed during nursing home inspections.
Representative Chad McCoy discussed with us his recently introduced Certificate of Merit bill which similar to Tennessee requires an Expert Witness declarations when filing lawsuits.
As advocates for our residents, stakeholder and communities, it was a huge success and an honor for SHC stakeholders to meet with their elected officials and share concerns and discuss key issues and we so appreciated the time they spent with us.