Tuckahoe Retirement Community to Administer First COVID-19 Vaccines to 72 Residents and 50 Associates Monday

(Tuckahoe, NY )  – More than 120 residents and staff members of The Fountains at RiverVue, a Watermark Retirement Community in TuckahoeN.Y., will receive the first of a two-dose vaccine against COVID-19 Monday. The onsite clinic by Omnicare/CVS is scheduled for a 10 a.m. launch on Monday, Jan. 25 with 72 residents and 50 associates being vaccinated throughout the day until 4 p.m. 

Among the residents is World War II veteran, Frank Caruso, and his wife of 75 years, Anne. Caruso safely celebrated his 100th birthday in 2020, and he is eager to receive the first vaccine alongside his wife and friends in the community. The couple looks forward to resuming much of what they’ve enjoyed at The Fountains at RiverVue, especially the musical events.


Fountains at RiverVue Executive Director Monica Lafferty says excitement is high among residents as the vaccine clinic begins – a sign that the community will soon regain much of its vibrancy.  

“Our residents have shown admirable resiliency as they have taken significant precautions to keep themselves and one another safe against the virus. They deserve this gift of the vaccine so that they can have more freedom to reconnect with their neighbors and safely return to the activities that once filled their calendars.


For resident Barbara Vahue, that favorite activity is the community’s trivia contests, and for resident Robert Ptofsky, it’s the monthly political roundtables. Both Vahue and Ptofsky are also scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Monday.


At the clinic, a registered nurse will be on hand to monitor residents for reactions to the vaccine. Under Watermark’s Stay Safe. Be Well. program, staff has been trained to constantly watch residents for symptoms of the disease and will continue to do so regarding response to the vaccine. 

Meadow Park, Catonsville, MD

Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Launches Cardio Pulmonary Care Program

CATONSVILLE, Md.,  Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center has launched a Cardio Pulmonary Care Program designed to meet the healthcare needs of area residents. Pulmonologist Dr. Mark Gosnell and cardiologist Dr. Ashok Chopra are overseeing the initiative at the 120-bed skilled nursing facility in Catonsville.

Meadow Park’s comprehensive Cardio Pulmonary Care Program aims to promote independence and quality of life through reducing symptoms and decreasing disability in heart and lung patients, while increasing their participation in physical and social activities. Services are tailored for individuals with congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, post heart and lung transplants, emphysema, acute myocardial infarctions and acute respiratory failure, among other diagnoses.

In addition to consults with Dr. Chopra, Dr. Gosnell and other board-certified specialists, Meadow Park heart and lung patients benefit from certified nurses on staff, seven days per week therapy services as prescribed, 24/7 access to lab and radiology services, and a range of additional services and therapies. Those include tracheostomy care and management, a wide range of oxygen therapies and nebulizer therapies, as well as IV Lasix and Intotrope Infusions.

“Post-hospital rehab programs are proven to reduce the chance of hospital re-admission and significantly improve health and quality of life – and prolong life spans – for patients who have suffered a cardiac or pulmonary health event,” said Nikki Gachot, regional director of business development at Marquis Health Consulting Services, which supports Meadow Park and helped the facility develop the new offering. “Meadow Park’s cardio pulmonary rehab services ease patients’ transition home and also focus on creating long-term lifestyle changes, including an improved exercise and nutrition plan, and stress reduction.”

Dr. Gosnell is board certified in critical care and pulmonary medicine, and is the director of intensive care and chief of pulmonary at MedStar Harbor Hospital, regularly teaching respiratory physiology to residents. He maintains a practice in Glen Burnie, Md., and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Board certified in internal medicine and cardiology, Dr. Chopra is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He has been in private practice for 36 years and attending to patients at Grace Medical Center, formerly Bon Secours Hospital, where he served as the director of the ICU for more than 10 years. Dr. Chopra is also affiliated with St. Agnes Hospital, where he completed his medical residency and Cardiology Fellowship.

“Meadow Park is fortunate to have Dr. Chopra and Dr. Gosnell lead the Cardio Pulmonary Care Program,” noted Gachot. “They will work together with Meadow Park’s dedicated clinical team to provide for the best possible outcomes for heart and lung patients.”

Located at 1525 N Rolling Road, Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care.  As part of its programming, Meadow Park offers education and training for patients and family members, and coordination of home care services. The facility also offers 24/7 admissions direct from the emergency room.
Together with Marquis, Meadow Park has established a resource library of physician-curated content, addressing many topics – including cardiac rehab – of interest for families of patients and the larger community. The library and more information on Meadow Park can be found on the facility’s website, https://meadowparkrehabhc.com.

Based in Brick, N.J., Marquis Health Consulting Services is a highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company currently supporting Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living beds.

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.

Maplewood Senior Living Partners With Renowned New York University Neuroscientist, Dr. Wendy Suzuki, For A Brain Health Pilot Program At Newtown Community

NEWTOWN, Conn., — Maplewood Senior Living is excited to announce that through an exclusive relationship with brain health expert, Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a pilot program will be conducted at Maplewood at Newtown, where a group of residents will be enlisted to utilize her BrainBody platform. Through their participation, she will measure the brain-enhancing effects that each exercise program has for them, and provide customized exercise programs that will help protect their brain and maintain optimal cognitive function. Findings from the pilot – Maplewood’s latest initiative to promote brain health – will help shape future exercise and wellness programs offered at Maplewood Senior Living communities and at Inspīr Carnegie Hill.

Dr. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University’s Center for Neural Science, BrainBody CEO and presenter of the second most viewed TEDTalk of 2018. She also sits on the Advisory Board of Inspīr Carnegie Hill, the flagship residence under Maplewood’s new brand of luxury senior living in urban markets, which will soon open on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Consisting of national experts from a variety of senior care disciplines, the Advisory Board provides an unparalleled level of expertise to ensure the very latest and most effective care practices are employed.

The pilot program at Newtown is one of two pilots to be conducted with a Maplewood community, joining another community in Connecticut, Maplewood at Darien. The pilot programs and the strong relationship Maplewood has fostered with Dr. Suzuki are a testament to Maplewood’s focus on brain health and its ongoing commitment to sharing the latest research, tools and support by serving as a resource for residents and the community at large.

Dr. Suzuki’s research spans over 25 years studying memory and brain plasticity. She conducted extensive work studying the formation and retention of new long-term memories. Her recent research focuses on understanding the role aerobic exercise plays in improving learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities. Through her research, Dr. Suzuki has concluded that physical exercise helps to strengthen key areas of the brain that are most susceptible to both aging and Alzheimer’s disease, making it our best hope in addressing the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease in this country. These conclusions led her to develop her company BrainBody, which employs an easy to use platform that is able to quantify the brain-enhancing effects of exercise and provide individualized exercise prescriptions that help protect the brain from aging and neurodegenerative disease states.

“The research shows that as we age, it is imperative to stay in motion and exercise to maintain cognitive function,” said Dr. Suzuki. “Exercise provides a brain-enhancing effect that protects the brain from neurodegenerative and age-related diseases.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Dr. Suzuki in this pilot program as its findings will directly impact the brain health and overall well being of current and future residents of our communities,” said Gregory D. Smith, president and CEO of Maplewood Senior Living and Inspīr. “Dr. Suzuki’s breakthrough BrainBody program is an example of the caliber of cutting-edge technology and innovative programming we are bringing to residents to support whole-person health and wellness. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Dr. Suzuki and utilizing the insights gained from the pilot programs to further enhance the overall living experience for our residents.

This partnership is Maplewood’s latest addition to its expansive suite of resident programming and engagement, educational opportunities and new technologies available across communities to keep residents cognitively stimulated through activity. In October, Maplewood announced a partnership with Drexel University’s School of Education and Dr. Kristen Betts to bring the ‘Science & Art of Changing your Brain’ series to Maplewood Communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Ohio. The four-week virtual series discusses current and emerging research about the brain, mind and memory and teaches participants how to identify protective factors and control risk factors to preserve cognitive abilities. Additionally, the technology at Maplewood not only provides vital functions for these seniors, but it also engages them to learn and master new skills they have not been exposed to before. This includes a partnership with Temi robots, an advanced A.I. software that interacts with residents, performs tasks for them, plays music, tells jokes, helps them learn and allows them to video conference family, friends and doctors. Eversound headsets are utilized to help increase engagement for residents with hearing impairments and are used for live lectures, book clubs, bingo and other group programming. Residents also have access to Rendever, a VR platform that allows them to travel the world (virtually), revisit familiar places, share new experiences and enjoy the thrill of 360-degree video from the comfort of their community.

Maplewood is creating unique operations in their soon-to-be-open Manhattan location, Inspīr Carnegie Hill, to ensure residents feel engaged and healthy in an urban environment. With a variety of care options, including Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Enhanced Care, Inspīr Carnegie Hill will provide residents with a brain-healthy lifestyle and offer daily programs to keep residents in motion naturally and purposefully. An on-site fitness facility, access to personal trainers and group fitness classes empower residents to stay mobile and exercise regularly. In addition, Inspīr Carnegie Hill offers lifelong learning classes, cognitively stimulating activities, and brain-healthy foods to keep the neurons active and to maximize brain function.

About Maplewood Senior Living
Maplewood Senior Living is known for its upscale senior living residences, offering a broad range of premier services, amenities and care to its residents. Maplewood Senior Living, based in Westport, CT, owns and operates 16 senior living communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. There is an Upper East Side location in Manhattan, NY within the company’s newest brand, Inspīr. This new, senior living brand was launched to offer a luxurious option for seniors looking to join a residential community in major metropolitan areas. For more information, please call 203-557-4777 or visit www.maplewoodseniorliving.com

About Inspīr Carnegie Hill
Inspīr is a new, luxury senior living brand offering a different approach to living for discerning seniors in urban markets. Inspīr is the convergence of luxury accommodations, exceptional hospitality, cutting-edge technology, whole-person wellness, and world-class care. The brand is debuting its flagship senior living residence, Inspīr Carnegie Hill, at 1802 Second Avenue at 93rd Street, in the heart of New York City’s Upper East Side, scheduled to open ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Fall 2020. Inspīr Carnegie Hill boasts a masterfully designed building with state-of-the-art technology and private residences customized to fit the needs of an aging population. The community will offer assisted living, memory care and enhanced care options. For more information, please call (646) 978-9040 or visit Inspīr seniorliving.com.*Inspīr Carnegie Hill is pending approval from the State of New York, Department of Health, for the following licenses: Adult Home, Enriched Housing and Assisted Living Residence, with Enhanced and Special Needs Assisted Living Residence certifications.

About Wendy Suzuki
Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University. In 2018, Dr. Suzuki’s 2018 TEDWomen talk was the #2 most viewed TED talk of the year. Dr. Suzuki’s major research interest continues to be brain plasticity. She is best known for her extensive work studying areas in the brain critical for our ability to form and retain new long-term memories. More recently her work has focused on understanding how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities in humans. Dr. Suzuki received her undergraduate degree in physiology and human anatomy at the University of California, Berkeley in 1987 studying with Prof. Marion C. Diamond, a leader in the field of brain plasticity. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from U.C. San Diego in 1993 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before accepting her faculty position at New York University in 1998.

Resident Hal Brandon, 93, has walked each day since he moved into the senior living community eight years ago.

Staying Fit: Waltonwood Cary Parkway Residents Walk Their Way to a Healthy Lifestyle

CARY, N.C.,–- You’ve heard it time and again; physical activity and exercise are good for you, and you should aim to make them part of your daily routine. Working out not only enhances flexibility and range of motion, it also decreases joint pain and stiffness and improves circulation. For these reasons and more, residents of Waltonwood Cary Parkway, a family-owned senior living community, are improving their health by walking. Resident Hal Brandon, 93, has walked each day since he moved into the senior living community eight years ago. He says it is his normal routine to walk over a mile around the community each morning, and he has reaped the benefits.

“Walking has improved my overall physical and mental health. I make it my goal each day to go out and walk no matter what the weather is,” said Brandon. “I usually walk between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. I enjoy the scenery outdoors and hearing the different noises. It’s something I look forward to doing each day, and I try not to miss a day. If you have the right attitude you can accomplish anything. I used to be a runner, so as I have aged, I switched to walking. I feel great and that is what matters. I appreciate Waltonwood encouraging its residents to remain active.”

Resident Tom Johnson, 84, is an avid walker as well. His typical day consists of 12 laps around the community, totaling just over a mile and a half. Johnson walks six to seven times a week and has maintained an active lifestyle for the past 20 years. Johnson says he notices the difference it makes on his overall health and well-being, and that is rewarding.

“I had a heart attack several years ago, and I knew I needed to make a lifestyle change. That is when I picked up walking more,” said Johnson. “Walking really made a difference in my life. I usually walk alone inside the senior living community. I am able to safely keep my distance from others, but still get in the workout I need. I have also used the machines in the fitness center and the elliptical is my favorite. I just find it very important to stay active. You know the song ‘staying alive?’ That’s the key, working out helps prolong your life, so I will continue to walk each day.”

If you’re looking for Joan Smith at Waltonwood Cary Parkway, she is likely walking or attending a fitness class. Smith says she walks about 30 minutes a day and attends at least one fitness class a day. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and says she tries to do what’s best for her body.

“It is good to be active. I listen to suggestions from Waltonwood associates and my doctors on what workouts are best for me,” said Smith. “I have noticed both my physical and mental health have improved, especially during a time of such uncertainty. I usually start the day with walking. I walk inside and outside the community and tend to walk alone so I can go at my own pace. The better balance and strength and resistance classes are my favorite to go to after my walks. You leave feeling like you accomplished a lot. I have been active my entire life, so it is important to me to take care of my body. I can’t accomplish much sitting down, so I am always moving.”

“We offer many workout options for residents to thrive in their own unique ways. We try to keep everyone in the community active and motivated, and individually walking or doing group exercises is one way to get people involved,” said Brian O’Hara, executive director at Waltonwood Cary Parkway. “I love seeing the determination in each resident as they start or continue their fitness journey, and we are here to help along the way. Each journey is different, but we love seeing each resident accomplish their goals and continue on the path to a healthy and active lifestyle.”

If you are a member of the media interested in sharing the story or setting up an interview, please contact Chelsi Smith via phone at 214-378-7970, ext. 238 or email at csmith@thepointgroup.com or Martha Cook via phone at 214-378-7970, ext. 240 or email at mcook@thepointgroup.com.


Waltonwood Cary Parkway offers seniors a dignified, individualized community where residents can thrive. The community offers independent living cottages, and independent, assisted living and memory care apartments in studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans, creating a continuum of care where residents can enjoy an active lifestyle and receive care if they need it. The community offers many engaging amenities, including a theater, therapy pool, putting green, garden view lounge and private courtyards throughout its acreage. Residents receive the most up-to-date advances in senior living, including the specially designed Forever Fit program and life enrichment programing.

Singh is a family-owned company and for more than 45 years they have remained multifaceted in real estate development, with a strong foundation in luxury apartments, commercial properties, land development, high-end single-family homes and, for 30 years, senior living communities which have been branded “Waltonwood.” The vertical integration of the company, which provides for development, construction, finance and management under one umbrella, allows Singh to be poised for new opportunities in expanding markets. All projects are wholly owned by Singh and continue to be owned and managed by Singh.

The company is headquartered in West Bloomfield, MI and has regional offices in Cary, NC. Learn more about Singh and its Waltonwood communities at www.singhweb.com. If you are interested in learning more about Waltonwood Cary Parkway, please visit www.waltonwood.com or call 919-275-0983.

Tutera Senior Living & Health Care Earns Six 2020 Quality Awards from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Tutera Senior Living & Health Care is proud to announce six of its communities across the country have earned prestigious Quality Awards from the American Health Care Association (AHCA)/National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), the leading association for long term and post-acute care providers. The annual award honors association members across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

With 70 facilities, communities and agencies in nine states throughout the United States, Tutera is one of the nation’s premier providers of diversified, post-acute senior health care services. The following six Tutera communities earned the 2020 Silver Achievement in Quality or Bronze Commitment to Quality Award:

Monterey Park Rehabilitation & Health Care Center (Independence, Missouri) earned the SILVER AWARD. Monterey Park was the only 2020 Silver Quality Award winner in Missouri.

Northland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center (North Kansas City, Missouri) earned the BRONZE AWARD. Northland Rehabilitation was one of only 21 recipients in Missouri of the 2020 Bronze Quality Award.

Country Gardens Assisted Living (Muskogee, Oklahoma) earned the SILVER AWARD. Country Gardens was the only 2020 Silver Quality Award winner in Oklahoma.

Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation & Health Care Center (McLeansboro, Illinois) earned the SILVER AWARD. Hamilton Memorial was one of two 2020 Silver Quality Award winners in Illinois.

Bethany Rehabilitation & Health Care Center (DeKalb, Illinois) and Carlinville Rehabilitation & Health Care Center (Carlinville, Illinois) both earned the BRONZE AWARD. Bethany Rehabilitation and Carlinville Rehabilitation were two of only 32 recipients in Illinois of the 2020 Bronze Quality Award.

“We are proud to see these communities recognized for their unwavering commitment to residents,” said Joe Tutera, chief executive officer of Tutera Senior Living & Health Care. “I commend the staff at these two communities on their hard work and dedication to our valued residents.”

The Bronze Commitment to Quality Award and the Silver Achievement in Quality Award are two of three progressive award levels through the National Quality Award Program, which AHCA/NCAL established in 1996. It is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is also the foundation of the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige program helps organizations in different business sectors improve and achieve performance excellence.

“It’s rewarding to be recognized with a prestigious quality award that underscores the standards that guide what we do every day,” said Randy Bloom, Ph.D., chief operating officer of Tutera Senior Living & Health Care. “Our ongoing YOUNITE initiative is designed to ensure we are continuously asking, listening and responding in ways that are personally meaningful to residents, family members and staff in all our communities across the nation.”

Bronze applicants must demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Silver applicants must have previously received the Bronze Commitment to Quality Award. Silver award winners demonstrate effective approaches that help improve performance and health care outcomes. Trained examiners thoroughly review each application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria.

The 2020 awards were presented during AHCA/NCAL’s virtual 71st National Quality Award Ceremony on October 22, 2020.

About Tutera Senior Living & Health Care
Tutera Senior Living & Health Care is a locally owned, diversified post-acute senior health care provider operating 70 senior living communities in nine states throughout the country. As one of the nation’s premier senior care providers, Tutera Senior Living & Health Care offers its residents independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, post-surgery rehabilitation, memory care, home health and hospice care. In 1983, Dominic F. Tutera, M.D., founded Tutera to provide compassionate patient care with the uncompromising values of integrity, accountability and commitment. Tutera Senior Living & Health Care still embodies those values today. Tutera is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of its residents and their families through senior living and health care experts who inspire and promote individuality and personal happiness. For more information, visit www.Tutera.com.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org.

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.