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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!

Today is Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day – an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February.  Like Independence Day, Presidents’ Day is traditionally viewed as a time of patriotic celebration and remembrance.

It originally was celebrated in 1885 in recognition of our nations’ first President, George Washington when it was called “Washington’s Birthday” which was actually February 22nd , but it “morphed” into a celebration of all Presidents and became Presidents’ Day as part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act. 

Some Facts:

From the 1940s to 1968, Americans observed both our 16th President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12 and Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22.

  • The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971 moved several holidays to Monday, including the two presidents’ birthdays. The new national federal holiday was to be observed on the third Monday of February, and its purpose was to honor all former presidents.
  • Washington is one of only 3 individuals who have official U.S. holidays commemorating their birthdays, including Christopher Columbus and Martin Luther King, Jr., according to
  • In the early 2000s, half the 50 states had changed the holiday’s name to Presidents’ Day on their calendars
  • In its modern day form, Presidents’ Day is used by many patriotic and historical groups as a date for staging celebrations, reenactments and other events.

Some Fun Facts about Presidents during the past 242 years since 1776:

  • George Washington was the only president elected unanimously. All the state representatives voted for him, partly in an attempt to show the new nation was willing to work together.
  • James Madison was the shortest president at 5 feet 4 inches tall. If you guessed Lincoln was the tallest president at 6 feet 4 inches tall, you are right. But, Lyndon Johnson was also 6 feet 4 inches in height. (By the way, Madison and Washington were the only presidents who signed the U.S. Constitution.)
  • John Adams died on the same day as Thomas Jefferson, July 4, 1826. Amazingly, that day was also the 50th anniversary of the approval of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Franklin Roosevelt was the first president to appear on television, during a 1939 broadcast from the World’s Fair.
  • John F. Kennedy was the first president who was a Boy Scout, and also was the first Catholic elected to the nation’s top job.

Check out this video and learn more about why we celebrate Presidents’ Day and keep the tradition going!


Signature HealthCARE Senior Olympics- let the games begin

With the Olympics set to begin in South Korea, all eyes are on the athletes that participate to show the world they are the best.  At Signature HealthCARE, we too have our great athletes that practice and participate in our traditional senior Olympic events!

Over the past 3 years Kenilworth Care and Rehabilitation center has hosted the SHC Senior Olympics in Sebring.  Every year it gets bigger; in 2017 we hosted 11 facilities. This year on January 11th, 2018; Signature Healthcare hosted 16 facilities to particpate in the olympics at the Highlands News Center in Sebring, Florida. There was a lot of preparation to make this event successful.  Five facilities traveled the day before; Brookwood Gardens from Homestead, Golfcrest Care and Rehab from Hollywood, Signature of Jacksonville, Signature of Orange Park, and Signature of Gainesfull.  These olympiads traveled far and spent the night at a hotel in Sebring.

The opening ceremoniew were incredible.  The Mayor of Sebring presented a Proclomation to recognize this great event.  SEbring SEnior Olympics Mayor Proclomation

All 16 teams were announced individually and marched in.  Mayor John Schoop read a proclamation and declaring it Signature Healthcare Senior Olympic day.  The olympiads participated in wheelchair races, corn hole, basketball, reacher-relay, volleyball, and a cheer competition.  The overall champions were the Winter Park Red Ninjas.

Legislative Visits – Key to having our voices heard

Signature HealthCARE of Palm Beach welcomed Florida State Representative Lori Berman this week for a facility visit and tour to meet with residents and stakeholders and see who we are and what we do. Representative Berman has served in the Florida state legislature for the last 8 years and is now seeking the district Senate seat in a special election this April.

We were able to share our Signature mission and vision with Representative Berman, as well as discussing some of the core issues coming up in the 2018 legislative session, such as the impact of Hurricane Irma and the subsequent Rule regarding generators and how the legislature could assist with funding for the changes being proposed. We also shared our concerns regarding the Certificate of Need (CON) and our position that there is no need to repeal or eliminate the CON process.

Always looking to be the best advocates for our residents, stakeholders and communities, we welcome our lawmakers to visit with us as we hope to educate them on the issues and challenges we face while striving to be the best providers we can be!

Happy New Year to all……

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.”

Let us honor and pay homage to all Veterans in every Signature facility and all across this country!!!