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September 2018 Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners

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Pam Hartman, licensed practical nurse at Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, bought fall door decorations for every room on the wing she works on. The residents really enjoyed the extra décor and said that it brightened their hallway and their day to look at them...

U.S. News & World Report honors multiple Life Care facilities

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On Oct. 30, 2018, U.S. News & World Report released its 2018-2019 Best Nursing Home results, including naming 60 Life Care Centers of America facilities in 15 states.

This year, the publication changed how it lists its ratings. Centers around the country were rated in an Overall category, and those that offer short-term rehabilitation were rated in an additional category – Short-Stay Rehab...

Whatever It Takes And Then Some - August 2018 winners

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Jackie Hembree, certified nursing assistant at Ridgeview Terrace of Life Care in Rutledge, Tennessee, will make countless trips to the kitchen to try to get residents with dementia something they will eat. When she found out that a new resident was not eating, she identified the resident’s favorite food and asked the kitchen to serve the resident breakfast food even at lunch time...

Life Care wins two Tennessee Health Care Association Awards for 2018

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On Aug. 17, 2018, Life Care received two awards during the Tennessee Health Care Association’s awards luncheon in Nashville.

Eric Fruehauf, a volunteer at Life Care Center of Tullahoma, won the Individual Volunteer of the Year Award, while Ronald and Bevaline Willis, volunteers at The Heritage Center in Morristown, won the Group Volunteer Award...

Cherry Hill Manor RN receives Long-term Care Nurse of the Year award

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Mariangelin Perez, a registered nurse at Cherry Hill Manor in Johnston, Rhode Island, recently won the Long-term Care Nurse of the Year award given by the American Nurses Association of Rhode Island in conjunction with RI Monthly Magazine...

Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – July 2018

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Tamara Darby, restorative nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Medina, Ohio, found out that one of her patients really wanted to go to a Cleveland Indians baseball game. Darby made arrangements, helped the resident get prepared and took her to a game...

Life Care Centers of America bestows 2018 awards for excellence

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Life Care Centers of America bestowed this year’s awards for excellence in an array of presentations on Aug. 27, 2018, at its headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee.

The Chairman’s Award for outstanding commitment to excellence went to Jeff Thomas, executive director at Life Care Center of Altamonte Springs, Florida...

Life Care announces 2018 WITATS Award winners

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Life Care Centers of America announced its annual Whatever It Takes And Then Some Award winners for customer service on Aug. 29, 2018.

The awards are presented to one associate from each of Life Care’s divisions. Executives present each winner with a $1,000 cash prize and share the stories behind their acts of exceptional caring...

Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – June 2018

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Denise Whitesides, licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Treasure Valley in Boise, Idaho, heard a resident say that he could not go to heaven without a record player. Instead of dismissing this unusual statement, she went home and ordered him a new record player...

May 2018 Whatever It Takes and Then Some winners

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LeeAnn Hird, licensed practical nurse and unit manager at Life Care Center of Acton, Massachusetts, went above and beyond for her residents by making their prom night unforgettable. The facility held a senior prom event for their residents, helping them get dressed up and recreating a “prom” atmosphere...

Life Care Center of Cheyenne wins statewide safety award

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On June 20, 2018, Life Care Center of Cheyenne received the Workers’ Compensation Path to Safety Excellence Award – Large Employer for Wyoming.

The award was presented at the Department of Workforce Services Safety’s annual awards banquet in Cheyenne...

Three Life Care centers receive Silver National Quality Award

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Three Life Care Centers of America facilities recently received the 2018 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

Life Care Center of Littleton, Colorado; Life Care Center of Stonegate in Parker, Colorado; and Lynchburg Nursing Center in Lynchburg, Tennessee, were all notified of their achievement on June 28...

6 Life Care, Century Park centers earn Bronze National Quality Awards

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Five Life Care Centers of America skilled nursing and rehab facilities and one Century Park Associates independent and assisted living community recently received 2018 Bronze National Quality Awards from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living...

Life Care Center of Littleton leader wins Facility Leadership Award

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On April 24, 2018, The American College of Health Care Administrators presented one of its 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Awards to Michelle Fraternali, executive director of Life Care Center of Littleton, Colorado.

 The award, named in honor of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, is based on the criteria ranging from facility census to survey results. It acknowledges administrators who have guided their organizations to a higher level of quality...

Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – April 2018

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Tara Wampler, licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Jefferson City, Tennessee, went above and beyond to cheer up a resident who was not able to attend his class reunion. Wampler brought him a steak dinner and dessert for him to make him feel better about missing his class reunion...

March 2018 Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners

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Themistoklis “Sammy” Pagiatis, occupational therapist assistant at Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence in Houston, Texas, donated 40 vacation hours to a fellow therapist in his department for her maternity leave. He did not hesitate to fill in and help out his co-worker.  

Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – February 2018

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Hadija Victorian, licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Acton, Massachusetts, escorted a resident to a family wedding. Victorian went to the wedding on her own time to assist as needed.

Life Care Center of Kansas City rehab director wins health care award

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On April 3, 2018, Narendra Saraf, director of rehab services at Life Care Center of Kansas City, Kansas, received the Best in Patient Care Award from the American Health Council.

The AHC is a national non-profit organization comprising all different types of health care workers, from physicians to pharmacists, nurses to therapists....

Life Care bestows 2018 directors of nursing awards

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On April 9, 2018, Life Care Centers of America gave its highest nursing honor to Helen Matvichuk, director of nursing at Life Care Center of Aurora, Colorado.

The Mary Denton Award – named for the Life Care resident depicted in the company’s logo – is presented annually to one director of nursing who best symbolizes the philosophy, mission and values of Life Care....

Garden Terrace at Overland Park earns Medicare’s five-star rating

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Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, recently earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The rating system for CMS is designed to help people choose the best care for loved ones. The ratings are based on the results on health inspections, staffing and quality measures such as weight loss, falls and pain management....

Life Care announces its 2018 physicians’ awards

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Life Care Centers of America bestowed its annual physicians’ awards at the American Medical Directors Association Annual Conference in Grapevine, Texas, on March 22, 2018.

Dr. Karl Steinberg, medical director at Life Care Center of Vista, California, was named 2017 Physician of the Year, and Dr. Gary Johnson, medical director and nursing home specialist at Life Care Center of Hilo, Hawaii, received the Physician Servant Leader Award....

Cumberland Medical Center recognizes Life Care Center of Crossville

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On Feb. 20, 2018, Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville, Tennessee, presented a certificate of appreciation to Life Care Center of Crossville.

CMC held a continuum of care meeting that day to recognize community partners.

The certificate honored Life Care Center of Crossville for continued diligence in reducing hospital readmissions...

Quality Initiative Recognition Program honors 19 Life Care centers

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The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living recently honored its 2017 Quality Initiative Recognition Program Achievers, including 19 Life Care Centers of America facilities.

The honorees were notified in February 2018 and were recognized at the AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit in New Orleans on March 12-14....

CDC recognizes Life Care Center of Littleton

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In December 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented Life Care Center of Littleton, Colorado, with a Certificate of Appreciation.

The certificate recognizes “outstanding participation in the assessment of infections and use of antibiotics in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities....”

Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – November 2017

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Baron Japinoski, licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Cleveland, Tennessee, is a veteran who helped organize the facility’s Veterans Day program. He contacted a local ROTC unit to present and retire the flag and do a presentation of arms....