Affinity Health Services would like to congratulate a senior community affiliate for successfully achieving their census mark for 2016. Thank you to all of the employees for your dedication in providing quality of care to our residents!
Pictured above is Chef Bob making true on his challenge to cook for employees who achieved their goal!
Employees enjoyed chef Bob sweeping over the grill and their golden achievement!
Affinity Health Services participated at this year’s 2016 County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania – Annual Conference and Trade Show held at the Split Rock Resort. This conference was a great opportunity to enhance collaboration with various healthcare professionals and learn about the changes and innovations occurring in the industry.
On August 8th, Denise McQuown-Hatter, President/CEO presented about What is Happening to Medicare, Managed Care, Medicaid and Insurance Payers which correlated with this year’s Affinity booth theme.
Pictured above is Kimberly Kelly-Clutter, Director of Marketing & Business Development and Denise McQuown-Hatter, President/CEO at this year’s booth.
Affinity Health Services proudly welcomes our new Financial Consultant, Garet Weston to the management team. Garet began his career in Public and Tax Accounting prior to entering Long Term Care. In addition to his three years as Director of Finance in a skilled nursing facility, Garet has provided financial services in a Personal Care Home setting. He has acquired experience in multiple customized software systems and managed the IT coordination for a fully implemented EMR. Additionally, Garet has the experience as a billing specialist performing billing for all third party payors, conducted internal audits and implemented Collection policies and procedures for Affinity clients.
Garet has his Master’s in Business Workforce and Development from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Garet is a certified USA swim coach and currently serves as the Indiana High School Head Swim Coach. Additionally Garet is very active in Relay for Life, Make a Wish Foundation and is a volunteer football coach.
Affinity Health Services proudly welcomes our new Clinical Consultant, Teresa Toth to the management team. Teresa has been in long term care for over 20 years as an RN, MDS Coordinator, Senior Regional Clinical Reimbursement Manager, Director of Case Management and Clinical Consultant. Teresa has attained reimbursement experience spanning Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Teresa developed and has directly supervised the case management process for 30 skilled nursing facilities as well as the clinical reimbursement management of the MDS process and the medical review process. Teresa developed and trained the MDS process and the LTC reimbursement relating to Medicare, Managed Care and Medicaid for a large for profit organization. She brings with her a working knowledge of Managed Long Term Services and Support (MLTSS) which is being implemented in Pennsylvania beginning in 2017. Teresa is a member of Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (PANAC), is past President and has served on the Board. She currently serves on various PANAC committees. Teresa is a member of American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN). She serves as a board member of the America’s 9/11 Foundation, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting active military and first responders.
Kimberly Chi, Director of Nursing, Tammy Coleman, Director of Nursing, Ron Conrad, Director of Nursing and Marcie Stoup, Clinical Services Coordinator are now Certified INTERACT Champions (CIC). Achievement of this high profile certification demonstrates the organization’s commitment to embrace change in the new landscape of post-acute care transformation.
Certified INTERACT Champion is designed for clinical leaders to play an integral role in the delivery of care, avoidance of rehospitalizations and commitment for ongoing quality improvement for the residents.
Additional benefits of being a Certified INTERACT Champion:
- Achieve quality outcomes for residents
- Acute care and ACO alignment with providers who are on top of the readmission process to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations
- Focus on performance measures
- Improved clinical competency of caregivers and assessment process
- Facility team members gain a better understanding of the need for thorough advanced-care planning
- Improve and enhance safe care transitions
- Foster and improve communication among health care providers
- Placing the resident (or patient) centric to care delivery
- Positions the organization for value-based purchasing and reimbursement models
Congratulations Kimberly, Tammy, Ron and Marcie!
Affinity Health Services participated in the 2016 LeadingAge PA Annual Conference & Exposition held at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. This conference was a great opportunity to connect and re-connect with various healthcare professionals; advance our awareness of the changes and innovations occurring in the industry; and cultivate the relationships with the Pennsylvania’s aging service leaders who support our seniors.
This year’s LeadingAge theme was “Be Bold” with over 300 vendors participating in the Trade Show. The Affinity team served refreshing frozen “mock” cocktails to conference attendees with a beach themed booth.
Pictured above is Denise McQuown-Hatter, President/CEO and Robert Barnes, Chief Operating Officer at this year’s LeadingAge Conference & Expo.
Affinity Health Services proudly welcomes our new Clinical Consultant, Melissa Sullivan to the management team. Melissa brings 20-years of experience in long term care. Melissa’s career in long term care began in 1994 as a certified nursing assistant. Her background in nursing has provided her the opportunity to work in a multitude of communities within the long term care arena. Melissa has held the positions that include director of nursing, professional nurse consultant covering PA, MA, WV, TN and MD and most recently a nursing home administrator. Melissa prides herself in developing a working environment that allows for creative thinking, problem solving and empowerment with the development of a facility management team. She has successfully worked with communities that include CMS special focus facilities to achieve compliance. Melissa has played an integral part in teaching and mentoring culture change with staff to achieve clinically competent and financially stable environments. Melissa received her undergraduate nursing degree at Duquesne University.
August 7th – 9th, 2016
Split Rock Resort
Carbon County, PA
Presentation: What is Happening to Medicare, Managed Care, Medicaid and Insurance Payers
Presenter: Denise McQuown-Hatter
Date and Time: Monday, August 8th 3:00pm to 4:15pm
Nursing Home Administrator – Kim Cobaugh
On March 14, 2016, Kim Cobaugh was reappointed to the Nursing Home Administrator board of directors. Kim plays an active role in assisting to develop new talent that are qualified to serve in such positions and uphold the standards of professional conduct in order to maintain a high level of integrity and performance in the practice of nursing home administration.
This marks Kim’s second term serving as a Nursing Home Administrator board member.
The Indiana County Health Care Careers Consortium recently held their 12th Annual Health Care Consortium Recognition ceremony on May 11th at the Indiana Country Club, Indiana, PA. Kim Cobaugh, NHA, RN, from a senior community affiliate was one of the recipient’s recognized.
Kim has dedicated 20 years of professional nursing and nursing home administration career to those served at her community. Under Kim’s leadership, and in conjunction with her dedicated team, the facility has consecutively and consistently achieved a Five Star rating status as determined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Kim has served in multiple leadership roles supporting Indiana County’s Health Care Consortium directly impacting the recruitment, retention and high quality training to all in direct care. In addition, Kim also serves as an integral board member of the Nursing Home Administrator Licensing Board and as President of the PA Association of County Affiliated Homes.