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Why we celebrate July 4th – Independence Day

As the nation celebrates Independence Day – July 4th tomorrow with traditional picnics, parades, fireworks and family gatherings, let us take a moment to reflect on why we actually celebrate the 4th of July….”Independence Day”

In 1775 there were 13 colonies under the rule of England’s King George III. There was great unrest among the colonists around the taxes they had to pay to England – “Taxation without Representation” because the colonists had no say in the decisions of English Parliament….causing great unrest within the colonies.

April 1775 — King George’s troops advance on Concord, Massachusetts, prompting Paul Revere’s midnight ride that sounded the alarm “The British are coming, the British are coming” which prompted the unofficial beginning of the American Revolution.

May 1776 – Almost a year had passed and the colonies were still unable to work out differences with England.

June 1776 –A committee was formed to draft the formal Declaration of Independence.

June 28, 1776 –Thomas Jefferson presented the first draft of the declaration to the Continental Congress.

King George did not want to negotiate with the colonies and sent extra troops to help control any rebellion that might be arising….but the British lost and on July 4th the colonies declared their independence from the British.

July 4th, 1776 – The 13 colonies sent delegates to Philadelphia, to form the First Continental Congress and while there was trouble in the making, the colonies still had not yet declared war. King George did not want to negotiate with the colonies and sent extra troops to help control any rebellion that might be arising….but the British lost and  the colonies declared their independence from the British.

August 1776 – Although the signing of the Declaration began on July 4th, it was not actually completed until August, 1776.

And so we celebrate our nations Independence and wish all a happy and safe 4th of July!

Signature HealthCARE CNA truly a winner!

It is with great pride that we announce that Crystal Gainer, CNA at Signature HealthCARE of North Florida, is the Second Place winner of Florida Health Care Association’s 2017 CNA Essay Contest!

Crystal’s passion for “her” residents comes as no surprise as she entered the contest to share her inspiration of what it means to her to really listen and be a compassionate care giver.

The essays were designated to be 300-500 words with a theme of “CNAs: Champions for Person-Centered Care” wherein entrants chose one of six key words (Dignity, Respect, Compassion, Listening, Communication or Standards of Care) to describe what it means in their daily practice of caring for residents in their center.

Crystal will receive a certificate, a $300 check from FHCA to use how she wishes and her essay has been posted on the FHCA website and Facebook/Twitter as part of National Nursing Assistants Week.

We are truly blessed that Crystal is part of the Signature HealthCARE family and demonstrates such compassion and dedication of what it means to be a CNA! Thank you Crystal and all CNA’s for all that you do…..

National Nursing Home Week brings many smiling faces

The American Health Care Association founded in 1949 established National Nursing Home Week in 1967 to recognize the important role these facilities play in the lives of America’s frail and elderly.

As National Nursing Home Week is winding down, we know that there were great celebrations across the country to honor our residents and brighten up their days bringing smiles to share.

Signature HealthCARE facilities held celebrations to honor our residents with parades, expert cuisine delicacies, ice cream socials, and just some great fun for everyone.

Signature HealthCARE at Newburgh, Indiana released helium balloons and enjoyed sweet treats at their celebration…

Signature HealthCARE of Greenville, TN took part in a fabulous parade, sifted for gold treasures, took part in some great arts and crafts in the beautiful sunshine and certainly enjoyed dancing to the beat during their event…..

Keeping up with their sister facility, The Bridge Rockwood, TN residents were treated to a special culinary delight as “chef” (Administrator) Jon Bowers made his delicious pasta dishes and residents enjoyed a day at the park and an awesome ice cream social!

Over in Louisville, KY Signature HealthCARE at Summerfield residents dined out in their favorite UK gear and just gotta love that kingfish!!

Morgantown Care & Rehab in KY had picnics, a car show and some great fishing!

Celebrating a patriotic NNHW with Veterans and some great “hee haw” fun was had by residents at Gastonia Care & Rehab in Gastonia, NC

Signature HealthCARE at Tower Road in Atlanta, GA wishing everyone best wishes for a great National Nursing Home Week 2017

So many enjoyed the celebrations and thanks to all SHC stakeholders for making National Nursing Home Week 2017 one that will be remembered in days to come.

National Nursing Home Week Celebrations

As residents and stakeholders around the country celebrate National Nursing Home Week the weather was perfect and spirits soared as residents at Spring City Care & Rehab in Spring City, TN celebrated with a great picnic, doing some fishing, listening to music and just enjoying the great outdoors!

Meanwhile over at Picket Care & Rehab in Byrdstown, TN residents’ squared off in an old western style event….

and at Signature HealthCARE of Trimble County in Bedford, KY a grand time was had by all!!



SHC CEO testifies at House Committee hearing

As our CEO of Washington Rehab and Nursing Center celebrates his birthday today, we would be remiss if we didn’t applaud him for his great leadership not only in the facility for his residents and stakeholders but in his community as he is always a part of great activities in Chipley, Florida.

Robert “Bret” Brown is a true servant leader. Last week in Tallahassee he testified in the House Committee hearing as they proposed to decrease the Personal Needs Allowance for nursing facility residents in their budget, something that our own Ms. Lucy Kennedy brought forward in 2015 when she met with then Senate President, Don Gaetz and state Representative (Now US Congressman) Matt Gaetz.

This has been a true blessing for our Florida residents who deserve some of the simple pleasures which the increase in the Personal Needs Allowance provides. To decrease this in a time when the cost of living keeps going up and up would be a travesty for Florida elders residing in our facilities.

A huge thank you to Bret for his great advocacy on behalf of all Florida nursing home residents and for always being there to serve and protect our elders. Kudos Bret!

SHC Leader helping to build young entrepreneurs

Rita Crabtree, Signature HealthCARE’s CEO at Monroe County Rehab and Wellness Center in Tompkinsville, KY has been asked to take part as a judge in the upcoming Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC).

The LGEC is a business competition for all Kentucky high school students grades 9-12 intended to show students what true competitive business looks like while promoting business ownership, education and lifelong learning.

The competition is arranged for regionals into five zones across the state with roughly 700 students learning about entrepreneurship through project based real life experience.

Staying involved and supporting our communities is so important to Signature and who we are and so we applaud Rita’s dedication and engagement in this challenge!

Signature HealthCARE at Middleburg breaks ground for new state of the art facility

Hard hats were on and shovels were ready as bulldozers hummed in the background during the recent groundbreaking ceremony at SHC Middleburg. Kim Morrow COO, Alex Russel – RVP, Steven Fleming – Mergers and Acquisitions and Clay Cambpell – SHC Construction led the ceremony with members of the Clay County Chamber, SHC Stakeholders and community leaders looking on as we begin our build out of a state of the art skilled nursing center on the west side of Jacksonville, Florida.

Set to open in the spring of 2018, this 120-bed facility will provide skilled nursing care that is meant for more than just seniors. It will offer respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapy for residents of Clay County and the surrounding communities, including a bariatric specialty unit complete with a full interdisciplinary approach to wellness and self-management. Signature will also feature its award winning Transitional Care Program for short-term rehab-to-home patients and expects to employ more than 100 healthcare workers at this location.

SHC Indiana team spends day at the Capitol

Signature HealthCARE’s Indiana team recently spent the day in Indianapolis visiting with legislators and watching the legislative process unfold.  Midwest Director of Operations Ben Wells was accompanied by CEO’s, nurses and CNA’s from Terre Haute, Muncie, Parkwood and Lafayette were recognized in the gallery as the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 22 , Honoring Hoosier Long Term Professionals!!!  The SHC team discussed the impact of upcoming bills that will affect us and the importance of the work that we do caring for Hoosier’s in all of our facilities.


Why do we celebrate today as MLK Day?

The Meaning of The King Holiday

by Coretta Scott King

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.

We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Yet, Dr. King knew that it wasn’t enough just to talk the talk, that he had to walk the walk for his words to be credible. And so we commemorate on this holiday the man of action, who put his life on the line for freedom and justice every day, the man who braved threats and jail and beatings and who ultimately paid the highest price to make democracy a reality for all Americans.

The King Holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality.

On this day we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and room at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America.

It is a day of interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing. No other day of the year brings so many peoples from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of brother and sisterhood. Whether you are African-American, Hispanic or Native American, whether you are Caucasian or Asian-American, you are part of the great dream Martin Luther King, Jr. had for America. This is not a black holiday; it is a peoples’ holiday. And it is the young people of all races and religions who hold the keys to the fulfillment of his dream.

We commemorate on this holiday the ecumenical leader and visionary who embraced the unity of all faiths in love and truth. And though we take patriotic pride that Dr. King was an American, on this holiday we must also commemorate the global leader who inspired nonviolent liberation movements around the world. Indeed, on this day, programs commemorating my husband’s birthday are being observed in more than 100 nations.

The King Holiday celebrates Dr. King’s global vision of the world house, a world whose people and nations had triumphed over poverty, racism, war and violence. The holiday celebrates his vision of ecumenical solidarity, his insistence that all faiths had something meaningful to contribute to building the beloved community.

The Holiday commemorates America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence — the man who taught by his example that nonviolent action is the most powerful, revolutionary force for social change available to oppressed people in their struggles for liberation.

This holiday honors the courage of a man who endured harassment, threats and beatings, and even bombings. We commemorate the man who went to jail 29 times to achieve freedom for others, and who knew he would pay the ultimate price for his leadership, but kept on marching and protesting and organizing anyway.

Every King Holiday has been a national “teach-in” on the values of nonviolence, including unconditional love, tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation, which are so desperately-needed to unify America. It is a day of intensive education and training in Martin’s philosophy and methods of nonviolent social change and conflict-reconciliation. The Holiday provides a unique opportunity to teach young people to fight evil, not people, to get in the habit of asking themselves, “what is the most loving way I can resolve this conflict?”

On the King Holiday, young people learn about the power of unconditional love even for one’s adversaries as a way to fight injustice and defuse violent disputes. It is a time to show them the power of forgiveness in the healing process at the interpersonal as well as international levels.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not only for celebration and remembrance, education and tribute, but above all a day of service. All across America on the Holiday, his followers perform service in hospitals and shelters and prisons and wherever people need some help. It is a day of volunteering to feed the hungry, rehabilitate housing, tutoring those who can’t read, mentoring at-risk youngsters, consoling the broken-hearted and a thousand other projects for building the beloved community of his dream.

Dr. King once said that we all have to decide whether we “will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. Life’s most persistent and nagging question, he said, is `what are you doing for others?’” he would quote Mark 9:35, the scripture in which Jesus of Nazareth tells James and John “…whosoever will be great among you shall be your servant; and whosoever among you will be the first shall be the servant of all.” And when Martin talked about the end of his mortal life in one of his last sermons, on February 4, 1968 in the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, even then he lifted up the value of service as the hallmark of a full life. “I’d like somebody to mention on that day Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to give his life serving others,” he said. “I want you to say on that day, that I did try in my life…to love and serve humanity.

We call you to commemorate this Holiday by making your personal commitment to serve humanity with the vibrant spirit of unconditional love that was his greatest strength, and which empowered all of the great victories of his leadership. And with our hearts open to this spirit of unconditional love, we can indeed achieve the Beloved Community of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream.

May we who follow Martin now pledge to serve humanity, promote his teachings and carry forward his legacy into the 21st Century.

(Re-elected) Representative Porter visits SHC -Surrey Place Care Center

Residents and stakeholders at Signature HealthCARE’s Surrey Place Care Center in Live Oak, Florida recently hosted a great visit with state Representative Elizabeth Porter.  Representative Porter has been serving the community since 2008 when she first ran for the House of Representatives and has repeatedly been re-elected to represent Suwanee, Columbia, Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist and Lafayette counties.

Administrator/CEO Brenda Lacy shared the mission and vision of Signature HealthCARE, “TO CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF HEALTHCARE” and explained how we focus on the many different types of residents we serve in the community.  Porter witnessed the valuable time residents spend in our exemplary rehabilitation program, as well as meeting and greeting residents enjoying many other daily activities.

Along with many other Signature facilities, Surrey Place is on the path to becoming an Eden Certified facility, a program dedicated to creating quality of life for Elders and their care partners which really interested Porter.  Her visit took place just before the elections and provided an opportunity to share with her issues and concerns such as funding and the Certificate of Need process as we head into the 2017 legislative session.

It was a great visit with Representative Porter and we hope she will come back soon and visit with us.

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