July 01, 2013 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: July 01, 2013

Gina Zimmerman, executive director, LTC accreditation, The Joint Commission

A credit to the accreditor

After more than two decades rising through the ranks at the Joint Commission, Gina Zimmermann’s career can partially be ascribed to ethics instilled by her parents.

ITUpdate

» The second annual McKnight’s Excellence In Technology Awards program will accept applications through July 12. In all, 15 honors will be given to the highest-scoring providers. Awards will recognize efforts that improve care quality, resident dignity, resident-staff interaction, transitions and overall innovation. Judging will be conducted by an independent panel. There is no cost to enter. For more information, visit http://awards.mcknights.com.

Heart failure patients surviving longer

Mortality rates have declined for patients with advanced heart failure during the past two decades, according to new research from UCLA. Still, a third of patients do not survive more than three years after being diagnosed with advanced heart failure, investigators said.

Resident Audrey Higginbotham marvels at a big catch.

Residents angling for a good time

Residents of the Cartmell Home for the Aged in Palestine, TX, can no longer participate in some of the area’s popular pastimes, such as hunting and rodeo. But they can still show off their rod-and-reel skills.

Steve Piszar, vice president of managed care and physician services, AristaCare

I couldn’t live without … eSNF telemedicine solution

Recognizing the need to bring down hospital readmissions, AristaCare turned to eSNF’s telemedicine solution a year ago. In seven out of 10 cases in which eSNF is used, an admission is avoided, says Steve Piszar, vice president of managed care and physician services at AristaCare.

Swan Creek Chapel in Toledo, OH, is owned by Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services.

Spiritual spaces

Designers of worship, meditative and hospice spaces must meet the varied needs
of different religious backgrounds while creating a neutral area of reflection.

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