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Life Care Center of East Ridge supports associate through loss

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The team at Life Care Center of East Ridge, Tennessee, recently rallied around one of their own associates during a time of great need and grief.

“Everyone at Life Care Center of East Ridge has been a huge blessing to me from day one of working here,” said Melissa Correll, food services director. “The dream team has really outdone themselves and been true angels.”...

Life Care Center of Columbia decks the halls for Christmas

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Life Care Center of Columbia, Tennessee, was the site of a little friendly competition for Christmas 2017.

“We just wanted to make it like home for the residents, so we challenged the other hall to a contest to see which hall could be the most festive for the holidays,” said Shelly Kuchinka, unit manager for the Oaks hall....

Life Care Center of Aurora team rescues lost child

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This is not a story of one at the time of need but many, a team coming together to care for and protect a small 3-year-old boy who was found in a street of traffic in front of Life Care Center of Aurora, Colorado.

On Nov. 20, 2017, as Bruce Schmidt, maintenance director, was coming into the facility, he stopped to pick up a box that was discarded in the entrance. What he saw next was a miracle....

Alderwood Manor creates fun rehab-themed Christmas tree

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This 2017 holiday season, the rehabilitation team at Alderwood Manor in Spokane, Washington, took Christmas decorating to a whole new level.

The activities and housekeeping directors set up a pre-lit Christmas tree in the rehab gym with plans to decorate it in its holiday finest....

Life Care Center of Blount County helps PT get to funeral overseas

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Lorelie Katigbak, a physical therapist at Life Care Center of Blount County in Louisville, Tennessee, is one of a few therapists Life Care brought to the United States from the Philippines in 2012 and hired full time in 2014....

Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – October 2017

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Life Care Centers of America’s Whatever It Takes And Then Some program honors associates who go beyond their job descriptions in caring for residents, their families and fellow associates. Here are three of the inspiring stories from our October 2017 winners...


Payson Care Center social worker involved in veteran salutes

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Lois Atkin is the director of social services at Payson Care Center in Payson, Arizona.

Atkin was a medical social worker for hospice for 12 years and says she was proud to have served the community. She has played the violin since she was 7 years old...

Laundry aide celebrates 40 years at Life Care Center of Fort Wayne

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In August 2017, Patty Foltz celebrated 40 years of service to Life Care Center of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Foltz, a laundry attendant, has held the same position since she started working at the facility in 1977. She was drawn to the job because of her love for the residents....

Life Care of Littleton supports former associate’s cancer battle

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Sue Dowdy was admissions assistant at Life Care Center of Littleton, Colorado, when she was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma.

Though she battled the disease with success for several years, Dowdy’s condition began to worsen recently, and she could no longer continue working....

Life Care Center of North Glendale hosts Chili Cook-off

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On Oct. 27, 2017, the activities department at Life Care Center of North Glendale, Arizona, organized a facility Chili Cook-off.

Nursing, dietary, admissions, case management, activities and therapy associates all competed for the best recipes, bringing in their homemade chili for other associates, residents and visitors to taste and vote on....

Life Care centers in Cleveland & Ooltewah donate bags to mission trip

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Life Care Center of Cleveland, Tennessee, and Life Care Center of Ooltewah, Tennessee, recently helped a local church group serve the people of Nicaragua.

Chad Grisham, assistant director of rehab at Life Care Center of Cleveland, went with a group from First Baptist Church of Cleveland on a Partners in Christ mission trip...

Valley View Villa provides school supplies for associates’ children

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In August 2017, Brittany Staley, executive director at Valley View Villa in Fort Morgan, Colorado, bought school supplies for her child and was surprised at how expensive supplies were.

Staley and Jana Underwood, director of nursing, discussed what they could do to help associates who might be struggling to buy school supplies for their own children....

Heritage Park’s first associate celebrates 30 years at building

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Susan Reed, admissions director at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, is celebrating 30 years at the skilled nursing and rehab facility on Oct. 19, 2017.

Reed was the first associate hired at the building....

Whatever It Takes and Then Some Winners – August 2017

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Ucelleuss Coffey, physical therapist assistant at The Vosswood Nursing Center in Houston, played an important role when Hurricane Harvey entered the Houston area. He stayed at the facility and provided hands-on care for more than five nights....

Whatever It Takes and Then Some Winners – July 2017

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Charley Wiley, maintenance associate at Life Care Center of Saint Louis, Missouri, went above and beyond his work responsibilities for a resident who wanted to buy a computer and find her long-lost son. He used his own money to purchase a tablet for the resident and taught her how to use it...

Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley SLP certified in VitalStim

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Michaela Williams-Barth, a speech-language pathologist at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, Massachusetts, recently earned certification in VitalStim® therapy.

VitalStim is an FDA-cleared therapy that administers neuromuscular electrical stimulation to the swallowing muscles to improve motor control....

Two therapists at The Westchester House earn new certifications

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Two therapists at The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, recently earned certification in specialty therapy approaches. 

Katie Strawbridge, occupational therapist, earned her certification in LSVT BIG in May 2017, while Molly Dunsworth, speech therapist and assistant director of rehab, earned her certification in The Guardian Way® in June....

Life Care Center of Hixson therapists earn Parkinson’s certification

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Two therapists at Life Care Center of Hixson, Tennessee, recently earned certification in LSVT BIG, a physical therapy intervention to combat the effects of Parkinson’s disease.

Leanne Salt-Carbone, physical therapist, and Jill Schoolfield, physical therapist assistant, are now trained to teach patients ways to use bigger movements in everyday life....

Nurse retires after 20 years at Life Care Center of Bountiful

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Margaret Leuschner, MDS coordinator and registered nurse at Life Care Center of Bountiful, Utah, recently retired after 20 years of service at the facility.

On Aug. 23, 2017, the center held a retirement party for Leuschner. In addition to food and well wishes, associates presented a video message from Beecher Hunter, president of Life Care Centers of America....

Whatever It Takes And Then Some – June 2017 winners

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Chanda Liv, social services assistant at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center in Hilo, Hawaii, helped a resident’s family coordinate a wedding for the resident’s daughter at the facility, by the fish pond. Liv even decorated the trellis for the bride and groom....

The Gardens Court maintenance director shares a testimonial

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By Dennis Erisey, maintenance director

I have been wanting to express my sincere gratitude to my Life Care family for some time.

It has been seven months since the passing of my friend, my mentor, my mom....

Life Care Center of Kona dietary associates celebrate 100% score

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When the dietary department at Life Care Center of Kona, Hawaii, achieved a 100 percent on their portion of the annual state survey, they wanted to celebrate.

“I am so proud of my staff,” said Kevin Patterson, director of nutritional services. “They have worked so hard all year long to obtain the score of 100 percent....”

Green Valley Care Center executive director named ACHCA Fellow

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On July 18, 2017, Jesse Ray, executive director at Green Valley Care Center in New Albany, Indiana, was named a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators.

The fellowship recognizes professional achievement and continuous adherence to the ethical and professional standards of ACHCA....

Miranda completes county leadership program

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On June 15, 2017, Juan Miranda, executive director at Life Care Center of Jefferson City, Tennessee, graduated from the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce leadership class.

Miranda and several other leaders met once or twice a month for nine months in various parts of the county....

Whatever It Takes And Then Some – April 2017 winners

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Marilyn Browning, assistant director of nursing at Life Care Center of Morgan County in Wartburg, Tennessee, gave her own time and money to help a resident provide Easter dinner for residents and associates. When the resident, who wanted to make some signature dishes for the facility Easter dinner, started feeling under the weather...