The Woodlands at Furman Community Village Exterior

Greenville-Area Retirement Community Completes Major Expansion

Greenville, South Carolina  – The residents of The Woodlands at Furman have watched construction of the 13,000-square-foot Community Village for months and now they can use it every day. To say they are excited would be an understatement.

The locally-owned, non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community, located adjacent to Furman University and close to downtown Greenville, invested about $4.5 million on the new building. Features include a wellness center with state-of-the-art pneumatic and cardio equipment, therapy pool, massage room, day spa, gym, locker rooms, a multi-purpose room that can be broken down into two spaces for simultaneous events, activities and exercise classes equipped with audio and visual equipment.

“The Community Village reminds me of a town square – providing a hub for activities ranging from lectures to exercise classes to spa services,” said Mary Lou Merkt, president and CEO at The Woodlands at Furman. “The Woodlands Board and Senior Leadership Team are delighted to open the new Community Village for our residents to enjoy.”

The Community Village was a team effort. Residents, team members, an interior designer as well as a senior exercise physiologist from The Cliffs were asked for input about the exercise equipment and the overall functionality and look of the new building.

“They just did a great job,” said Tom Dowell, resident and Resident Council member. “It’s a beautiful space and the new exercise machines are state-of-the-art. They looked at other centers, asked our opinion and it’s a very attractive building. We knew it would be, but ‘Wow’ is it impressive.”

Dowell said his wife Judy enjoys fitness classes and other activities the Community Village offers. It’s just a walk down the hall from their home and very convenient.

The Cliffs’ Vance Ferrigno said he assisted with recommending spacing for the equipment, advised on purchasing and to establish a functional movement pattern for the residents.  He visited The Woodlands at Furman recently to see the completed project and said he was “blown away” at beauty of it. “They did a phenomenal job.”

Ezra Hall, lifestyles director at The Woodlands at Furman, agrees and added the residents are also excited.

“The Community Village space means we can have dual events in the multipurpose room and with COVID, the space allows us to spread people out,” Hall said. “It’s just another tool in our tool belt and a way to keep people active and to engage others.”

Hall said being able to divide the room opens up opportunities and partnerships with local organizations, clubs and community groups. These events can continue and grow as The Woodlands at Furman can accommodate larger groups in the Community Village that he describes as tasteful, classy and well done.

“The Community Village provides The Woodlands with a space to unite its residents who live in apartments with those who live across the street in our single-family homes, called The Villas. Our residents love socializing and learning from one another,” Merkt said.

 

About The Woodlands at Furman
The Woodlands at Furman is a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Greenville, South Carolina, offering independent senior living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. And as residents of the only retirement community in Upstate South Carolina that offers Life Care, people at our senior living community can enjoy today even more because they know that the ‘what-ifs’ of tomorrow are taken care of.” For more information about The Woodlands at Furman, visit http://www.thewoodlandsatfurman.org or call 864-371-3100.

Waldron Staff By New Sign

Aperion Care Waldron Welcomes New Ownership; Renamed Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center

WALDRON, IND. – Aperion Care Waldron announces it has changed ownership. Renamed Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, the 79-bed subacute and skilled nursing facility provides a broad spectrum of care, including long- and short-term care and rehabilitation, in an intimate and compassionate environment.Waldron Staff By New Sign-Cropped.jpeg

The new ownership team is a group of skilled nursing facility managers and operators based in Indiana and the Midwest. The ownership change was effective November 1, 2020.

“In these challenging times, it is very reassuring that our new ownership team has years of know-how, shared values and a great group of experienced experts – based right here in the Midwest – to support our care team,” said Manoj Berry, the center’s Administrator.

Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center will benefit from the hands-on attention that comes from a smaller, but very skilled “non-corporate” ownership and management team. The team has overseen operations at similar-sized care centers, in rural and suburban communities around the Midwest, and brings many new ideas that have been very successful at other facilities.

Implementing “Genuine Hometown Care”

“Our new owners view Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center as a world of family and friends,” said Berry. “They share core principles and standards that reflect the people and beliefs of our region: Genuine Hometown Care, Community Integration, and Employees are Family.”

Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is known for its focus on providing hometown care with a commitment to fully integrating with the healthcare needs of the Waldron, Ind., community. As it continues to grow, the center will benefit from working with a skilled, hands-on regional ownership team.

“The ownership group has significant experience in overseeing operations at similar-sized care centers in rural and suburban communities around the Midwest,” Berry noted. “We anticipate incorporating new ideas that have been successful at their other facilities as we work to advance our mission of excellence in care.”

About Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center

Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is a 79-bed subacute and skilled nursing facility in Waldron, Ind., providing long-term care, short-term care, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, physical therapy, rehab-to-home, speech therapy, hospice care, and respite care. The center is currently accepting new admissions for short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. For further information, please contact Sarah Jones at (317) 512-7341 or visit the Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center website at www.waldronhc.com.

JEA Senior Living Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout for all Residents and Team Members

VANCOUVER, Wash.,JEA Senior Living (JEA), a leading senior care provider, announced today that it will be making the COVID-19 vaccination available for all residents and team members as the vaccine is made available by federal, state, and local health authorities. For new residents who move into a JEA Senior Living community before December 31, 2020, the COVID-19 vaccine will be provided to them free-of-charge.

Chris Belford, CEO, JEA Senior Living shared, “In order to provide the very best care for all of our residents, their families, and our team members, the leadership team at JEA Senior Living continues to monitor the latest COVID-19 updates from the CDC and WHO. This includes staying apprised of the latest developments surrounding preventative measures, recommended symptom management, and the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.”

Belford continued, “We are encouraging all of our residents and team members to receive the vaccine to protect not only themselves but their families as well. We believe that in order to eradicate COVID-19, it is our civic duty to receive the vaccine.”

Vaccine clinics are being coordinated with JEA’s Pharmacy partners and on-site clinics will be provided in 3 visits over the course of 2 months. Both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines include a series of 2 vaccinations. The initial vaccination provides about 55% of coverage, and the booster shot – which follows 21-28 days later – boosts immunity to 94-95%.

The Pfizer Vaccine has received the Emergency Use Authorization, with other vaccines to follow. For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/

Team Members at JEA Senior Living communities will still be following social distancing and PPE protocols, even after receiving the vaccinations. This is in order to reduce exposure and the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

About JEA Senior Living

JEA is a family of companies that focuses on the development and management of senior living communities, concentrating on memory care facilities. The company and its founders date back to the early 1970s and have overseen the development and operation of independent living communities, assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, and Alzheimer’s special care centers. JEA’s current portfolio includes more than 57 communities led by an experienced management team with experts in care, nursing, development, finance, construction, marketing, and comprehensive management.

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and their elves.

Drive through a Winter Wonderland at The Landing of North Haven

NORTH HAVEN, Conn.— The Landing of North Haven was transformed into a winter wonderland complete with displays and themed Christmas trees. This magical experience will benefit local nonprofit, The Italian American Youth Foundation (IYF).

An event so good, even the Grinch came to witness the holiday lights and take a peek at the magical elf village. The Winter Wonderland was a drive-thru event that engaged and delighted the entire family showcasing 50 decorated Christmas trees sponsored by local businesses and North Haven residents. There were gingerbread houses, a princess court, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and even snow!

The event was organized by Jill Dechello, editor of North Haven Magazine. She has worked on several of these events over the years.

“I create these events because I believe the world needs more kindness and I think our town is the epitome of generosity,” said Dechello. “I’m always amazed at how supportive the small business owners in our community are. It’s a difficult time for them right now, but they are stepping up and helping support this event.”

The event benefits the Italian American Youth Foundation, Inc. (IYF) who will use the funds to enhance the holidays for disadvantaged families in North Haven and surrounding communities.

“We want to help and change people’s lives for the better and help them cope with what they’re going through. Love needs no words. By giving you don’t have to say anything, you just give and help people,” said Nick Casella chairman and director of IYF.

Sponsors of the event include Shore Publishing, MedicareCT.com, Stay at Home Care, and North Haven Magazine.

Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care Voted ‘Best Assisted Living Community’ for Two Consecutive Years

VERO BEACH, Fla., — Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care celebrates their second consecutive year as winner of ‘Best Assisted Living Community’ in Indian River County as voted by the Sebastian readers of the Hometown News.

The Hometown News Reader’s Choice Awards is an annual recognition of the best businesses in the local community in various categories as voted by readers. This is the second year Pelican Landing has been chosen against dozens of competitors in senior living.

“To be named ‘Best Assisted Living Community’ is a special honor for this particularly challenging year in our country,” says Kim Sviben, Executive Director of Pelican Landing. “We are so proud of our dedicated team of associates and our amazing residents who truly make Pelican Landing a place we call home.”

Pelican Landing is a thoughtfully designed senior living residence offering 63 assisted living and 26 memory care apartments with attractive accommodations and outstanding care. The community, owned and operated by Watercrest Senior Living Group, opened in April of 2016, and was awarded the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Architectural Recognition Award and the 2019 Hometown News ‘Best Assisted Living Community.’

Watercrest Senior Living Group was founded by Marc Vorkapich, CEO, and Joan Williams, CFO, to honor our mothers and fathers, aspiring to become a beacon for quality in senior living by surpassing standards of care, service and associate training. Watercrest senior living communities are recognized for their upscale amenities, exceptional care, and innovative memory care programming offering unparalleled service to seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care is ideally located at 13085 US Highway 1, in the heart of Sebastian. The neighboring area offers diverse workspaces, retail and entertainment centers, residential neighborhoods, the Sebastian River Medical Center, and a charming riverfront district with unobstructed views of the intra-coastal waterway. For information about Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, call 772-581-0366 or visit www.thepelicanlanding.com.

A certified Great Place to Work, Watercrest Senior Living Group specializes in the development and operations of assisted living and memory care communities and the growth of servant leaders. Visit www.watercrestseniorliving.com.

Morning Pointe Foundation’s “Seniors Got Talent” Competition Plans Triumphant Return in 2021

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – In 2019, dozens of seniors across the Southeast stepped into the spotlight at not one, but three “Seniors Got Talent” competitions presented by the Morning Pointe Foundation. From Chattanooga, Tennessee to Franklin, Tennessee to Lexington, Kentucky, local seniors performed before star-studded panels of judges. Participants were anywhere between 62 to 94 years of age and demonstrated an impressively wide range of talents, showcasing their skills in everything from singing to line dancing to baton- twirling to ventriloquism.

In Chattanooga, Morning Pointe of Hixson (TN) resident Ernestine Eldridge (92) took home the first place prize for a patriotic medley performed on the piano. Doug Smith (65) netted second place with his rendition of “My Babe” on the harmonica, and Ronnie Nicholas (71) won third place with a comedic version of “Cat’s in the Cradle” performed on the guitar.

The first place winners in Franklin were husband and wife duo Ano Missirian (86) and Raphael Missirian (94), who made the entire audience feel their enthusiasm for life and love for each other as they performed an Armenian love song. Ventriloquist Ken Karter (84) took second place, and Barbara Young (72), an accomplished baton twirler, won third place. John Oates of famed musical duo Hall & Oates served as a special guest judge.

The Prime Time Dancers (62 to 81) claimed the first place spot in Lexington. Pianist Loren Tice (80) and saxophonist Lee Patrick (81) took second place. Morning Pointe of Danville (KY) residents and musicians Ron Moroni (80) and John Hughes (89) brought home third place with their duet for piano and fiddle.

“We are so incredibly proud of all of the talented men and women who performed in ‘Seniors Got Talent.’ It is such an honor to be able to spotlight them,” said Morning Pointe Foundation executive director Audra Hopkins.
Four more “Seniors Got Talent” competitions in Chattanooga, Franklin, and Knoxville, Tennessee as well as Lexington, Kentucky were planned for 2020. However, in the interest of protecting seniors’ health during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the contests were delayed until the following year. Beginning in August 2021, “Seniors Got Talent” will make its spectacular return, showcasing local seniors’ talents in cities throughout the Southeast.
Created in 2014 by senior healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and J. Franklin Farrow, the Morning Pointe Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Morning Pointe Senior Living, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides nursing scholarship opportunities, forms community partnerships, and supports caregiver education in its mission to advance the care of seniors.

“From our first ‘Seniors Got Talent’ showcase in Franklin, Tennessee two years ago, to our most recent competition in Lexington, Kentucky, the Morning Pointe Foundation remains committed to celebrating the talents of local seniors while supporting caregivers and nursing scholarships,” Vital said. “This is such an important cause, and we look forward to continuing to grow ‘Seniors Got Talent’ in the years to come.”


Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based senior healthcare services company, is the developer, owner, and manager of 36 Morning Pointe assisted living and The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence senior communities in five southeastern states. IHP was founded in 1996 by Tennessee healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and J. Franklin Farrow. For more information, please visit www.morningpointe.com.

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Pedal for Alzheimer’s Announces Fifth Anniversary 2021 Ride Tennessee Event

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd. announces the organization’s fifth year anniversary endurance charity cycling event: Ride Tennessee. A team of 24 cyclists will ride in the 6-day, 500+ mile route to begin in Nashville with a taste of Music City, and the team will make their way through the foothills to the Smoky Mountains, and will finish in Historic Downtown Knoxville with over 25,000 feet of elevation. This charity cycling event is set for September 13-18, 2021.

“This is an event like no other. It requires you to step out of your comfort zone physically, mentally, and spiritually, but to know the personal challenge of six days of riding is being done with a team who has a common goal is so rewarding,” President and Founder Josh Crisp said. “We are thrilled to celebrate the organization’s fifth anniversary in the state where it all began. Tennessee is a special place to ride and we are pleased to open up the experience to a larger team this year to be able to bring more like-minded cyclists together to raise even more funds for Alzheimer’s research, education, support and care.”

The VIP experience will include world class support, hospitality services, nutrition and mechanical, sports recovery, media promotions, and a team celebration concert. Cyclists are required to have the physical fitness to ride six back-to-back days and commit to carrying the banner of Pedal for Alzheimer’s as an ambassador for the mission. An $8,000 registration fee per cyclist includes a VIP all-inclusive ride experience. The fee also includes a generous contribution to the 501©3 non-profit’s mission to further Alzheimer’s research, education, support and care.

“It is exciting and a little hard to believe that is has already been five years since the original crazy idea I had to push myself out of my comfort zone in hopes of raising money to give to Alzheimer’s research,” President and Founder Josh Crisp said. “It is equally as humbling to realize that cycling event would inspire others to join the cause and eventually blossom into a non-profit organization where hundreds of people are involved and hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised.”

The event is directed by the leadership of Tom Hopper and Solinity. Partners of the event include Solinity, Podium Sports Medicine, Skratch Labs, and POC. To join the event as a partner, cyclist, or volunteer, visit PedalForAlzheimers.org/ride-tennessee-2021 or email info@pedalforalzheimers.org.

ABOUT PEDAL FOR ALZHEIMER’S
Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable platform committed to organizing cycling events to raise money, provide education and increase awareness surrounding the mission of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. The Pedal for Alzheimer’s organization was co-founded in 2017 by Josh Crisp and Michelle Brooke-Marciniak. Crisp is the founder of Pedal for Pat, a 1,098-mile cycling event created to honor the legacy of the late-legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt who died of Alzheimer’s in 2016. Crisp founded Pedal for Pat out of a desire to extend the legendary Summitt’s platform by raising awareness and donations; the event exceeded expectations for the inaugural ride by leading a team of eight cyclists over 1,098 miles to raise awareness and more than $100,000 to help families and seniors coping Alzheimer’s disease. The money benefitted The Pat Summitt Foundation and The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Pedal for Pat was such a success that Crisp and Brooke-Marciniak formed Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd. to broaden the scope of those individuals and families affected by the disease. In just three events, the organization has given over $185,000 to charities and senior care communities that further research, and that provide education, support and care.

Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd. is a charitable organization overseen by board members, including Josh Crisp, Sara Mitchell, Dr. Joe Graves, and Dr. Kevin Sprouse. For more information about the event, visit pedalforalzheimers.org, and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube @pedalforalz.

Chelsea Senior Living Cites Strict Safety Protocols as Reason for Near-Elimination of COVID Infections Among Residents and Staff

FANWOOD, N.J., — Chelsea Senior Living has conducted more than 23,000 COVID-19 tests of residents and staff since June 1st, nearly eliminating infections in its 21 assisted living residences.

As the nation reels under the rise in infections and hospitalizations this fall, Chelsea has maintained a steady level of zero community spread among residents and employees. A handful are believed to have acquired the virus outside our buildings. The employees quarantine at home as required by CDC guidelines, then return to work after testing negative. The very few residents who have tested positive were isolated in their apartments until they, too, tested negative. Nursing staffs continue to monitor all residents’ vital signs once a shift. COVID-19 testing is available on-site.

“We’ve had no COVID-related hospitalizations and no community spread since June 1st,” said Pat Banta, RN/BSN/MA, Chelsea Regional Health Services Director. “Our employees are now well-versed in the use of PPE and social distancing. Our visitation policies require family members to schedule visits in advance, complete a pre-visit questionnaire, wear masks and stay six feet from their loved ones. These measures have helped keep our buildings virtually infection free.”

In keeping with the latest recommendations by state and federal health experts, Chelsea is urging families not to remove their loved ones from their assisted living residences to come home for Thanksgiving. Holiday gatherings, even in private homes, are seen as a primary source of infection.

“Since the initial peak of the pandemic last spring, the entire senior living industry has learned much about prevention and control,” said Roger Bernier, President and Chief Operating Officer of Chelsea Senior Living. “As a result, we’ve instituted strict safety protocols at all of our communities, and that extends to every aspect of day to day life including meals, recreation and family visits. Our protocols are published on our website and anyone with questions or concerns can always call us.” The Chelsea website is chelseaseniorliving.com.

While federal funding partially paid for the thousands of tests administered by Chelsea, it only accounts for a small portion of the cost.

“It’s not enough,” said Mr. Bernier. “The federal and state governments have been behind the curve on COVID from the start. We were on our own in obtaining PPE and testing. To a large extent, we are still on our own.”

Chelsea plans to continue its safety protocols indefinitely as preparations continue to manufacture and distribute vaccines. Experts believe at-risk seniors and their front-line caregivers will be among the first to obtain a vaccine.

Dr. Albanese

Crest Pointe Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Launches Chronic Kidney Disease Management Program Top Area Nephrologist Overseeing Program at Skilled Nursing Facility in Point Pleasant, N.J.

POINT PLEASANT, N.J. – Crest Pointe Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Point Pleasant has launched a chronic kidney disease (CKD) management program, naming board-certified nephrologist Dr. Joseph Albanese, D.O., as its director. The 118-bed skilled nursing facility in Point Pleasant is undergoing a multi-million-dollar upgrade, with physical improvements and programming enhancements including the CKD initiative.

Dr. Albanese is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, and specializes in clinical hypertension. He serves as the dialysis medical director of the Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and also maintains a private practice in Ocean County.

Crest Pointe’s new CKD management program provides specialized care and services to patients with CKD and related diagnoses. The program aims to preserve kidney function and prevent further decline through a balance of treatment and education. This includes protocols to reduce symptoms, decrease disability, increase quality of life and promote independence.

In addition to consults with Dr. Albanese and other board-certified specialists, program features include diabetic management, health coaching and dietary education, and routine medical management of associated co-morbidities, among other services and therapies. Patients undergoing any form of dialysis treatment will have their treatment carefully coordinated with the dialysis unit to assure continuity and overall quality of specialized service.

Crest Pointe developed its CKD management program with Marquis Health Services, which provides nursing home consulting for the facility. “Dr. Albanese is highly respected for his expertise and leadership in the field of nephrology, and Crest Pointe is pleased to partner with him on its new CKD management program,” said Pam Montemurno, regional director of marketing development at Marquis.

Dr. Albanese earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa; he completed his nephrology fellowship and his internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. His professional affiliations include the American Society of Hypertension, American Society of Nephrology, American Medical Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine, among others.

“Chronic kidney disease is prevalent among seniors and often associated with co-morbidities,” said Dr. Albanese. “Crest Pointe’s comprehensive program is much needed and aims to meet the complex healthcare needs of those living with CKD in Point Pleasant and the surrounding community.”

Located at 1515 Hulse Road, Crest Pointe Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. The facility offers patients a scenic place to rehab and recover, as many patient rooms boast views of the Point Pleasant Canal.

A highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company based in nearby Brick, N.J., Marquis Health Services currently supports Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living beds

Spring Hills Launches End-to-End Cardiac Program to Help Patients Transition from Hospital to Home

EDISON, N.J.–Spring Hills today announced that it has launched a new comprehensive cardiac program at three of its post-acute care facilities in New Jersey. Currently accepting patients in Livingston, Wayne and Woodbury, the program features a multidisciplinary medical team that delivers end-to-end cardiac care and innovative care delivery to ensure seamless transitions from hospital to home. The program also offers an alternative to acute hospital settings for those patients with cardiac disease who experience acute exacerbations of their conditions while at home.

“Safely transitioning patients from the hospital to home is one of the greatest challenges in health care today,” says Alex Markowits, Founder and President/CEO of Spring Hills. “We’ve seen the dynamic play out for our residents too many times: the step-down care was insufficient; the discharge plans were confusing; and families were overwhelmed by the complexity of the system and caring for very sick, high-risk loved ones. We also saw how expensive and frustrating it was for physicians, health systems and plans. So, Spring Hills decided to create a better, more cohesive model, beginning with cardiac care.”

Combining 20 years of post-acute and long-term care experience with the expertise of clinicians, heart specialists, and population health management and data analytic experts, the Spring Hills Cardiac Program represents the first in the company’s plans to develop clinical programs that treat specific health conditions and provide population health care. These programs will further integrate the existing Spring Hills communities, including post-acute, assisted living, memory care and home care services, and offer residents and patients uniquely comprehensive health care and services.

In addition to the clinical infrastructure and technologies to provide high-acuity care, the program’s nurse practitioners have specialized cardiac training. Every patient who enters the Cardiac Program has a baseline set, risk assessment, and medications reconciled upon entry. Patients are seen by a consulting cardiologist once a week, and an attending physician, who leads the patient’s multidisciplinary medical team, twice a week. This team, which includes Spring Hills Population Health associates, maintains regular communication with patients’ cardiologists and physicians throughout their stay and once they return home, to protect against compromising gaps in care.

“By increasing the frequency and depth of clinical care and monitoring, we decrease the length of stay and reduce the risk of post-discharge complications, hospital readmissions and ER visits,” said Dr. Andrew Pecora, who designed the Spring Hills Cardiac Program.

Spring Hills is the first program in New Jersey to use non-invasive hemodynamic technology for cardiac monitoring in a post-acute setting. “This technology provides on-site clinicians immediate, actionable data points that typically only a hospital can provide,” Dr. Pecora explains. “For example, we now can detect sepsis 32 hours earlier than by a blood test, and with advance-identification of silent conditions, we can prevent certain cardiac events altogether. This saves lives. And with the sickest 10% of Americans accounting for 80% of health care spend, it also saves money.”

Spring Hills Population Health, fully integrated into all medical care teams, establishes relationships with the patient and family at the hospital to facilitate a smooth transition to the Spring Hills cardiac unit. This relationship is ongoing, to ensure that patients and families are supported both during their stay and for 90 days after discharge from the cardiac unit. This includes coordination of care, intense engagement with the patient and caregiver through personalized communication channels, follow up doctor appointments, home visits, remote monitoring, and addressing and removing social and financial barriers to access to care. The average hospital readmission rate after 90 days is 23-27%. Spring Hills’ rate is less than 10%.

“Patients are more likely to follow their recovery plan if they feel genuinely cared for, and accountable to, a caregiver,” says Monica Wallace, Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Programs at Spring Hills. “We build trust with the patient and family. This not only increases their confidence and commitment to improving their health, but it also increases the likelihood that a patient will reach out to us for help before a concern becomes a real problem.”

While currently focused on building these three programs in New Jersey, Spring Hills intends to scale the cardiac program to support collaboration with additional partners as opportunities emerge. Spring Hills operates 28 communities in 7 states.

Markowits shares the story behind the Spring Hills Cardiac Program on his blog.
To partner with Spring Hills or refer a patient to the Cardiac Program, please contact info@spring-hills.net.

About Spring Hills:

Spring Hills Post-Acute Care, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities and Home Care services provide comprehensive support for seniors and those with chronic health needs. All communities have a personal and distinctive approach and ensure the highest standards for proactive health care and quality of living, at every stage of a resident’s life.

Led by Alexander Markowits, Founder and President/CEO, Spring Hills is committed to providing seamless care experiences that meet the unique needs and preferences of residents, patients, and their families. Spring Hills has 28 facilities across seven states: Post-Acute Care in NJ; Assisted Living and Home Care in NJ, VA, OH, FL and NV; and Memory Care in TX, VA, NV and FL. For more information, visit www.spring-hills.com or www.poetswalk-springhills.com.