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SHC delivers petitions to Congress #saveourNURSINGHOMES

Signature HealthCARE foot soldiers completed their mission last week to deliver petitions from all of our 11 operating states with nearly 10,000 signatures of residents, stakeholders, families and members of our communities voicing our opposition to any cuts to the Medicaid programs that protect and fund our long term care residents.

A journey that began with our great team from the AGENCY, when the first Senate attempt was underway to cut funding, the team took the message to our facilities and began the historic petition drive. When the bill “died” the first go round, we knew that our efforts were not in vain and that Congress would attempt to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act, which contained serious threats to our beloved resident population by reducing Medicaid funding for nearly 63% of the long term care population.

Knowing that we would have another opportunity to have our voices heard –when the Graham-Cassidy bill was drafted it was our time to again raise our voices and let Congress know that we would not, could not let this legislation pass.

So, amidst the chaos last week, armed with our petitions and cameras in hand, we went to Washington, D.C., met with our legislators and legislative staff, urging them to oppose any cuts to Medicaid for the aged, blind and disabled populations – our residents!

We spoke with many legislative offices, some that were in favor of the bill and others that were opposed as we were. And they listened, took notes, asked questions and in a peaceful manor, we delivered our strong message that we cannot support any cuts to a system that was designed to protect its people.

The awesome team, (The AGENCY team) Peggy King, Cait Crenshaw, Kayla Darbyshire and our incredible master of photography Randy Daniels joined me as we went office to office advocating for our residents, stakeholders, families and communities, presenting our bold statement through our #saveourNURSINGHOMES petitions. While we know that the Senate did not take the bill to vote, it will come again and we will be there, again, to raise our voices, share our message and urge Congress to protect our beloved elderly and disabled populations – our families!

Signature HealthCARE promotes talking with our elected officials

CEO of Signature HealthCARE of Palm Beach, Marie Simeus attended a recent event and had a great time talking with Senators Jeff Clemens, Bobby Powell and Perry Thurston. Marie shared that they discussed Medicaid expansion, Certificate of Need and what’s happening now with GOP votes/Obamacare.

Lots of great conversations and interaction with leadership to discuss issues and according to Marie “the food was really good”!

Thanks Marie -one of our great advocates for our residents and stakeholders!!





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.