Here at Signature HealthCARE it is important to us that our residents who are able to and desire to vote are given the opportunity to cast their ballots. All across our Signature family residents have been voting! At Spring City Care and Rehabilitation Center in Spring City, TN our residents were able to vote early!
Over at Kenilworth Care and Rehabilitation Center in Sebring, Florida a group of residents came up with 3 questions once they voted and the responses were amazing:
- Why is it important for you to vote?
- How many years have you been voting?
- How do you feel about being able to exercise your RIGHT TO VOTE in your new home?
One resident who spent 44 yrs in the military fighting for this country who also dedicated his Civilian career to the defense of this country said “I know of no other way, nor do I desire any other way to orient my Life. 5 times I have sworn to defend our country against enemies.”
Another resident said “It’s a privilege and my civic duty to vote”.
As we recently blogged about the incredible efforts by our SHC teams during the evacuation during Hurricane Florence in getting our Norfolk residents to our sister facilities, we inadvertently and unintentionally failed to mention the valiant effort put forth by our team at SHC – Chesapeake Shores who were notified about 6:00 a.m. that the Norfolk facility needed help getting the last of the residents to SHC-Mallard Bay.
Dawn Dries, regional VP called Dee Dee Williams, DON at Chesapeake Shores and asked if they could help. Well that was all it took and within no time SHC Chesapeake Shores jumped into action. DON Williams called our medical records coordinator, Amber Stewart, who in turn contacted Pam Briscoe, head of supplies, and they all decided “Let’s do this”!! So, they left Chesapeake Shores about 8:30 a.m. and drove down to Norfolk arriving about 12:30 p.m. and picked up 8 of their residents and drove them to SHC-Mallard Bay arriving safely around 5:00 p.m. -just in time for dinner. They met staff from both Norfolk and Mallard Bay there and to quote Amber Stewart “it’s nice to put a face to name”. They provided a brief report about their journey and then hit the road back home to Chesapeake Shores arriving at 9:00 p.m.
Our sincerest thanks to everyone once again for their teamwork and dedication, always putting the safety and well- being of our residents above all else. But as we said before….it’s who we are at Signature HealthCARE and it’s what we do! Kudos to all and recognizing SHC Chesapeake Shores, SHC-Mallard Bay and SHC of Norfolk, true heroes!
Another incredible Hurricane Florence story as SHC Tanbark took care of 61 residents that had also evacuated from our sister facility in Norfolk, Va.
SHC at Tanbark stepped up and accepted 61 residents from our sister facility in Norfolk, VA. From Department Heads, to nurses, CNA’s to dietary and housekeeping, the teams worked so hard together to make sure that our residents were safe and at the same time created everlasting memories really defining “teamwork”!
Tanbark more than doubled it’s occupancy on the Personal Care Unit and to quote Nikki Schilling, CEO/Administrator at Tanbark “the team did it with a smile” It’s times like these that definitely remind us why we do what we do. It’s a calling and we are so fortunate to have been called to do so!
Our stakeholders from both Norfolk and Tanbark will never forget this experience they shared. Even the local community got involved as they provided fruit, brownies and extra food. A kudos to the teams from Norfolk and Tanbark as they shared love and compassion for all…..because that is who we are and this is what we do at Signature HealthCARE!
Making sure our residents are safe is first and foremost for Signature HealthCARE and when our facility in Norfolk came under mandatory evacuation during Hurricane Florence, our teams jumped into action!
SHC at Mallard Bay , truly heroes of the day welcomed residents and fellow stakeholders to keep them all safe from harms way! Kudos to our great SHC teams….
Yesterday, Senator Jon Ford, who is running for re-election in District 38 visited Signature HealthCARE of Terre Haute talking with residents and stakeholders about issues and concerns that impact our communities.
Facility tours play a critical role in legislative efforts enabling policy makers to see firsthand the issues that affect our industry, and most importantly, they see how their constituents are impacted by what they decide whether it be at the Federal, State, or even local government level.
Thanks to Senator Ford for a great visit that also made the nightly local news….check it out!
Did you know that today is National Voter Registration day?
Today is National Voter Registration Day – a perfect time to sign up if you haven’t already …..and make sure you can cast your ballot in the next election!
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
your voice matters…you choose who represents you and remember what your elected officials do affects our residents, our families and our communities….register to vote!
To register in your state: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote#item-212645
Back in February, Florida Health Care Activities Coordinators Association contacted me about the possibility of having one of our Directors speak at their 2018 conference and we knew it would be a perfect opportunity for our very own Sheri Morin to grab hold of this wonderful opportunity. On Monday, July 23rd at their 44th conference, Sheri presented on Integrating Quality of Life with Chronic Disease Management and the audience applauded her presentation!
It is through great leadership that we share our initiatives with others on the great care we provide and with leaders like Sheri Morin we know we are advancing our mission and our vision to radically change the landscape of healthcare, forever!
Kudos to our great partner, Sheri Morin, Quality of Life Director – Urban South.
SHC stakeholders recently met with KY legislators at a breakfast in Monroe County. Senator David Givens, State Representative Bart Rowland, a rep for US Congressman James Comer and local Mayors gave updates on past year and bills in the system. Senator Givens promised he’d pay a visit to SHC Monroe County Rehab and Wellness Center soon! Attending the event on behalf of SHC were CEO/Administrator – Rita Crabtree, Leslie Smith – AIT and Ashley Hume….
Why do we celebrate the 4th of July – Independence Day in America today?
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!
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!