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Orange Park, Fla. – Signature HealthCARE of Orange Park has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

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Signature HealthCARE (SHC) of Orange Park has received accreditation for 2014 as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

The accreditation, presented by independent accreditor Providigm, LLC, demonstrates that the facility is continually assessing residents’ quality of life with regard to concerns such as pain, dignity, respect for resident choice, and quality of care problems such as whether there are enough staff to meet resident needs, weight loss, infections, rehabilitation following acute injury or illness, and prevention of readmissions to hospital.

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Signature Orange Park and Signature HomeNow hosted an island-themed party with a popular reggae band, King Eddie and the Pili Pili, for the residents and stakeholders (staff). Later, business professionals from Jacksonville and Orange Park joined the party with a stunning attendance!

The menu was prepared by the Dietary Department and was better than many restaurants could dream of serving.

The menu consisted of:
Kailua pork, Bob Marley chicken with cucumber dipping sauce, island rice and beans, Caribbean slaw, pineapple upside down cake, fruit salad, margaritas, Corona and punch!

On October 18, 2013 at 9:45 a.m., six staff members and seven residents from Signature HealthCARE of Orange Park loaded the van and took a road trip to Savannah, Georgia for an overnight stay.

During our visit, we enjoyed lunch on Friday at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery and Saturday at Paula Deen’s ‘The Lady and Sons Restaurant,’ where our residents enjoyed The Lady’s Southern Buffet. After lunch we took a stroll down River Street, along the Savannah River, where we saw century-old buildings that once were cotton warehouses. They have since been converted to antique shops,  boutiques, brew pubs, sweet shops, galleries and restaurants.

Photographs by Dana Lucas

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Residents graduating from our Physical and Occupational Therapy Cardio-Pulmonary Group were treated with a trip to the mall for ice cream and community socialization in celebration of their hard work and dedication.  (photos to come)

 Signature HealthCare Resident Marilyn Wheeler was voted in by friends & family of Signature HealthCare as a candidate to participate in the  MS. Senior Clay Couny Beauty Pageant that was held at the Hilltop Restaurant on Tuesday June 18, 2013, in Orange Park, Florida.  Ms. Marilyn Wheeler was accompanied by her family & SHC employees Dana Lucas & Supora Fairbanks.

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Our residents here at Signature HealthCARE of Orange Park recently spent a day at the Clay County Fairgrounds for ‘Senior Day.’ The group visted the Early Florida Village and sampled country cooking, homemade lemonade and sweet tea. Residents also enjoyed petting the 4H/FFA livestock, watching the World Famous Frisbee Dogs perform, and seeing a special live music performance by the Sweeney Family Band &  Willy’s Washboard Jamboree.

– Dana Lucas, QOL Assistant/CNA, SHC of Orange Park

Signature HealthCARE of Orange Park has been designated one of the nation’s ‘Best Nursing Homes‘ by U.S. News & World Report, according to a report released this week by the national news magazine.

SHC of Orange Park was one of several homes operated by Louisville, Ky.-based Signature HealthCARE that were named to the list, which is compiled using data published in January by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

U.S. News has awarded the ‘Best Nursing Home’ distinction to homes that earned an overall rating of five stars, the highest rating CMS awards nursing homes. Under the five-star rating system, nursing homes are assessed in three main categories: health inspections, quality measures and staffing. The overall rating combines scores received in each of the three categories.

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Signature HealthCARE’s Urban South management team are bringing a hefty dose of holiday cheer to several nursing homes as they continue to travel more than 1,300 miles throughout South Florida this week.

The journey began last week when a team of nine piled in a van and hit the road, donning holiday costumes and armed with a Polaroid camera, gift baskets and other goodies. “Santa” and “Mrs. Claus” – Kahari Wood and Denise Rinehart – were joined by a crew of elves (Kim Morrow, David Kahn, Vanessa Hourihan, Debbie Turner, Vivian Bowers) and a couple of reindeer (Patty Zittel, Amy Allen).

Between last Wednesday and Friday, they visited nine Signature facilities: College Park, Brookwood Gardens, Golfcrest, Palm Bay, Ormond Beach, Winter Park, Gainesville, Orange Park and Cedar Hills.

The crew sang songs, took pictures, visited every resident room and passed out candy canes, along with the more than 900 bags of Hershey Kisses they prepared. They also gave each facility a basket filled with gift cards and other items to raffle off, give as a door prize or whatever facility leaders chose.

“Between the stakeholders and residents, they didn’t know what to think,” said Reindeer Amy Allen. “It was so special.”

Kahari Wood put on a perfect performance as Santa, Allen said, as they visited with residents at all different levels of functionality.

“He just has the kindest soul and was so incredibly touching,” she said. “Everybody smiles, pretty much, when they see Santa Claus.”

This week, they group will visit Golfview, Tarpon Springs and Southern Pines. Regional segment leader  and Pink Elf Kim Morrow praised her team’s efforts.

“I cannot even count the number of times we heard, ‘you made my day’ from stakeholders and residents,” she said. “The awakening in the eyes of some of our residents was emotional for me, to think of the happiness, comfort and nostalgia they brought for that moment. In between costume changes and facility visits, they managed two surveys, other issues and the rest of their day-to-day work – amazing.”

Beechtree News Network featured Morgantown Care & Rehab, a Signature HealthCARE facility, in an article about its recent Hall of Fame Café induction ceremony. To read more about the event and the inductees, click HERE.

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On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Signature HealthCARE hosted its second annual Senior Olympics games for nine Signature nursing homes across Kentucky. About 60 nursing home residents competed in the games, and a total of about 200 people attended. Celebrity judges included Bellarmine University men’s basketball coach Scotty Davenport, famed sports writer Billy Reed and Roger Burkman, who played for the University of Louisville and the Chicago Bulls.

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Signature HealthCare Resident Peter Panuthos had only dreamed of getting back onto the golf course, after his illness forced him into the loving hands of our long term care facility- Signature HealthCare of Orange Park Florida. Peter would ask his wife Jane Panuthos to bring his golf clubs and take him out golfing on a regular basis, Peter could not understand that his wife Jane could not do this alone due to Pete’s illness. When SHC administrator Alex Russell got word that we had a  un-happy Resident she was on the phone immediately trying to make Pete’s dream a reality- Tee Time was set at Orange Park Golf and Country Club less than 2 miles from the facility. Ms. Jane was in shock…..Monday happened to also be their 22nd Wedding Anniversary.