Following National Nurses Week, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) founded National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) as a time to recognize skilled nursing care centers across the country, who provide dedicated services and care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
National Skilled Nursing Care Week began on Mother’s Day, May 13th, and ends on Saturday, May 19th. The theme selected by AHCA for 2018 is “Celebrating Life’s Stories”, which “serves as
a tribute to life’s most significant events, relationships and experiences that shape the unique perspectives of residents, families, staff, and volunteers in long term and post-acute care. “
As you celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week, take some time to Celebrate Life’s Stories with your loved ones.
For National Skilled Nursing Care Week resources- including a press release toolkit, logo graphics, and more- visit the official American Healthcare Association website.
A Time To Honor All Nurses
National Nurses Week, May 6th to May 13th, is recognized by the American Nurses Association as a time to honor nurses across the country and celebrate their valuable role in healthcare, while educating the public on the profession.
Gallup polls show that “the public has rated nursing as the most honest and ethical profession for the past 16 years” (American Nurses Association).
This year’s theme is Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence. From the Affinity Health Services team, we thank all of the nurses we have the pleasure of working with each and every day. We salute our team of clinical nurse consultants Angela Huffman, Dana Heitzenrater, and Tammy Lucas-Coleman for their dedication and leadership in their profession.
There are a number of organizations and restaurants that offer special discounts during National Nurses Week.
Find out about a few of these organizations here:
Thank a nurse with these deals for National Nurses Week
Affinity Health Services Annual Retreat – Affinity Days 2018
Affinity Health Services and its affiliate communities aimed to take strong leap into 2018 with the annual Affinity Days Conference last month in State College at the Penn State Nittany Lion Inn. This two-day retreat involved a full agenda designed to be beneficial for each community represented at Affinity Days. The retreat had a motivating Olympics theme as it overlapped the final days of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
After a meet and greet Affinity Days was kicked off with a presentation from Dr. Tammy Manko on “Going the GRIT” and resilience. This inspiring presentation focused on maintaining a healthy and positive attitude each day and to be leaders in tackling and overcoming challenges. Following department focused roundtable discussions, Affinity Director of Human Resources, Mary Kate Bartley, presented a collaborative recruitment and retention plan designed to be an effective tool for each organization. Attendees then participated in an HR Boot Camp presented by Burns White Law Firm.
Day two of the Affinity Days conference is designed to recognize the achievements and successes of affiliate communities. Awards are presented to communities based on annual metrics quantified prior to the event. In addition to another round table session, Affinity’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, Kimberly Kelly-Clutter, educated and refreshed employees on the “WE CARE” policy implemented throughout all affiliate communities designed to welcome communication and empathy for all employees, residents, families and other stakeholders.
Affinity Days aims to be a time for all leaders and community representatives to convene, support, and learn from one another in best practices as well as recognize all achievements and successes. By providing attendees a chance to grow together, the goal is ultimately to lead to the possible care for residents and families of each community.
Affinity Health Services is proud to announce that our President and CEO, Denise McQuown-Hatter has been appointed to serve on the Healthcare Sector Ad Hoc Committee approved by the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board.
Envisioning and Planning for the Future of the Healthcare Workforce
The intent of the committee is to address the overall workforce issues in the healthcare sector with particular emphasis on exposing the current caregiving occupations emergency and proposing solutions to address the lack of existing and projected direct care workers in the Commonwealth. Affinity Health Services is committed to the vision of this committee and works diligently and creatively to address recruitment and retention of direct care workers that are critical to the care of our seniors.
According to the CDC, so far this season influenza A (H3N2), has been the most common form of influenza. These viruses are often linked to more severe illness, especially among children and people age 65 and older. When H3 viruses are predominant, we tend to have a worse flu season with more hospitalizations and more deaths (CDC: January 2018).
While CDC surveillance systems show that nationally the flu season may be peaking now, we know from past experience that it will take many more weeks for flu activity to truly slow down.
With that being said, it is helpful to take aggressive preventative precautions to prevent influenza in any healthcare workplace.
Below are reminders of simple preventative measures that help to stop the spread of the flu:
1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands
Washing your hands often will protect you from germs.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
For additional information related to flu activity, below are links to the CDC’s weekly FluView map and the CDC’s 2017-2018 influenza webpage for your use and reference.
2017 PACAH Fall Conference
Each year, The Pennsylvania Coalition of Affiliated Health Care and Living Communities (PACAH) hosts a conference for local sponsors, vendors, and affiliates to network and attend informational sessions to further their knowledge in all matters related to the long-term care industry. During the conference, PACAH presents awards to recognize achievements and excellence of various individuals and organizations.
We are proud to announce that Denise McQuown-Hatter, President and CEO of Affinity Health Services was this year’s Friend of PACAH Award winner.
The award is granted to an individual or organization who has demonstrated a continued commitment to the improvement of long-term care and has assisted PACAH members in the performance of their duties, often, above and beyond the scope of normal levels of assistance, enabling member facilities to provide excellent service. The recipient has shown continued commitment to PACAH and its goals and positions. This is the highest honor awarded to a nonmember and may be made to an individual or company/agency.
Congratulations, Denise, on this well earned and deserved award!
To learn more about the annual PACAH conferences, visit PACAH.org
Affinity Health Services provides senior community management and consulting services throughout Pennsylvania. Learn more about our services here
Denise McQuown-Hatter, President and CEO along with Dana Heizenrater, Clinical Consultant of Affinity Health Services, will be presenting at the 2017 LeadingAge PA “Focus on the Future” Conference, held at the Freemasons Cultural Center of Elizabethtown on November 15th and 16th.
Date of Event:
Wednesday, November 15th 2017
“The Facility Assessment F 838-Understanding the Scope and Implications”
Deike Auditorium 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
- Explain the regulatory requirement of Phase II Requirements of Participation, F 838 related to the Facility Assessment.
- Explore the regulatory implications associated with the Facility Assessment.
- Identify the fiscal implications on facility operations as a result of the requirements of the Facility Assessment.
Learn more about the 2017 LeadingAge Fall Conference here
Affinity Health Services is honored to have been selected to speak at the 2017 Pennsylvania Association of County Affiliated Homes Fall Conference at The Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square on Thursday, September 14th.
Date of Event:
Thursday, September 14th, 2017
“The MDS Impact”
Presenters: Teresa Toth, RN, RAC-CT, Clinical Consultant for Affinity Health Services, Inc.
Whether you are new to the MDS assessment process or if you do not actively participate in the assessment process on a day-today basis, this session offers an opportunity to obtain a stronger understanding of the importance of accuracy in the MDS process.
Because data in the MDS impacts so many aspects of the long-term care facility, it is important for all staff to have a clear, concise understanding of how this instrument impacts the function of the facility.
- Understanding how the MDS impacts the long-term care facility
- Understanding the financial, quality measures, and survey aspects of the assessment tool in long-term care
- Identify barriers to accurately code the MDS
PANAC host – Speaker – Teresa Toth, Clinical Consultant, Affinity Health Services
For those who are new to the MDS Assessment process or who do not actively participate in the Assessment process on a day-to-day basis, this is the perfect opportunity to obtain a stronger understanding of the entire process. Because the data in the MDS impacts so many aspects of the LTC facility, it is important for all staff to have an understanding of how this instrument impacts the functioning of the facility. Participants will be exposed to the financial, quality measures and survey related aspects of the assessment tool.
Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00pm
Register at PANAC website www.paanac.net/event-2505598/registration
Fee: member – free
nonmember – $35.00
Teresa Toth, RN
Employed for over 6 years as an Assessment Coordinator in LTC facilities, responsible for completion of and transmission of the MDS to Myers and Stauffer, determined whether residents qualified for Medicare benefits and determined when those benefits were to be discontinued, trained clinical staff in data requirements of the assessment, improved accuracy of Case Mix Index of the facility and maintained a low error rate during the Utilization Management Review process.
This activity has been submitted to the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Pennsylvania State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
The PANAC Education Committee has determined there is no conflict of interest in this presentation.
The speaker has identified that there is no conflict of interest in this presentation.
Successful completion for receipt of the certificate is determined by presenting the completed evaluation form. Partial credit will not be provided for this webinar.
Guest Speaker – John Rodgers, CEO of Dale Carnegie
Affinity Health Services recently held a retreat at the Penn State Nittany Lion Inn with their affiliated senior communities. This two-day retreat had a full agenda that consisted of an array of presenters who focused on the changes taking place and the future direction in the health care industry.
Attendees took part of a session with a presentation from John Rodgers, CEO of Dale Carnegie, who provided an overview on “How to lead change for less resistance in the workplace.” Another presenter was Brandon Smeltzer, Director of Personal Care and Assisted Living of PHCA/CALM, who provided an update on the current and future environment for Assisted Living and Personal Care across Pennsylvania. Day two granted a presentation from Anne Henry, Senior Vice President & Chief Government Affairs Officer from LeadingAge Pennsylvania. She gave insights on MLTSS and additional changes that are ahead within the healthcare industry.
Affinity Days is an annual retreat which also grants attendees an opportunity for peer-to-peer round table discussions regarding the upcoming changes; challenges they are facing; support to one another and to also offered suggestion and best practices.
Guest Speaker – Brandon Smeltzer, Director of PC/AL of PHCA/CALM
Guest Speaker – Anne Henry, Senior VP of Leading Age
Attendees attentively listen to valuable informative session at Affinity Days 2017.
2017 Affinity Cup Award
“During this annual retreat, Affinity recognizes and celebrates the many accomplishments that these senior communities achieved over the past year. Our senior affiliates continue to show their true commitment and dedication they have for their communities, residents, families and staff,” states Bryan Hagerich, Senior Vice President of Operations with Affinity Health Services. The 2017 Affinity Cup was awarded to Beacon Ridge, a skilled nursing and long-term care community located in Indiana, PA.
Senior Community affiliate also enjoyed the St. Patrick’s Day themed event as well as some team building enjoyment.
Prize drawings were held before closing remarks, many who attended won fantastic gifts!