by Anne Gross
In a previous post, I introduced one of the signature features of Juniper communities, “The Eli Ripple Effect,” where doing good deeds ripple throughout each of our facilities and out into the larger communities in which we live. In today’s post, I want to highlight some special employees from Juniper Village at Shenango. It was election year 2008, and voters throughout the country were expected to turn out in record numbers. The leadership team at Juniper Village at Shenango could easily predict that long hours would be required of those volunteer men and women manning the election centers from dusk to dawn. And in the spirit of the Eli Ripple Effect, they decided to surprise them with sustenance as a way of recognizing their service to the community.
“We decided to show up with an unexpected treat” says Christa Cicuto, Director of Community Relations at Shenango. Associates brought homemade sub sandwiches, along with drinks, sides and desserts, prepared by the culinary staff of Juniper Village at the Historic Shenango Inn. As one Juniper Village associate said, “Given that our historic Inn has hosted the likes of President John F. Kennedy, it is very fitting that we are helping those who preserve our democracy.”
“The election workers were very surprised” said Christa, as the Juniper staff walked into the various polling places with abundant food in hand. Poll workers’ jaws dropped as words of appreciation poured forth. As one poll worker from the West Middlesex Borough later wrote in a thank you note, “Thank you so very much for the lunches that were delivered to us on Election Day. We really appreciated your thoughtfulness. We have never had anyone do this for us before!” Volunteers also appreciated that the meals were packaged in reusable canvas lunch totes and included BPA-free water bottles and notepads and pens for jotting down important questions during polling. One poll worker exclaimed as she finished the meal, “It is a very busy, hectic day and we appreciate being able to grab a good bite to eat.”
Christa and the leadership team have been delivering meals to poll workers for the past six years, serving between 200-300 lunches each election. “It’s neat when I go into the same polling place and people remember me and thank me for the lunch bag they received three years back. We receive tons of thank you cards in the mail too from happy and thankful poll volunteers. This is a very rewarding experience for our leadership team, it is our way to give back annually to our community.”
by Lynne Katzmann
Are you confused by all the hype around electronic records? Are you wondering what the new acronyms stand for and more importantly what they mean for patients, families and health care providers?
Here it is…all spelled out!
EMR stands for electronic medical records. An electronic medical record refers to a digital record of medical services provided to an individual.
EHR is the acronym for electronic health record. While many use EHR and EMR interchangeably, for those who consider themselves purists in this realm, the electronic health record refers to a digital record of an individual’s efforts on behalf of their own health and well being.
HIE spelled out is health information exchange. Before I say more about that, let me also make explain the other two acronyms I named above: ACO and ACA. ACA is the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or the health care reform program. An ACO refers to an Accountable Care Organization. An ACO is a provider group that is tasked not only with providing care and medical services but also with coordinating care and measuring outcomes.
Now, back to the HIE or health information exchanges. Part of the foundation for success of the ACA is the HIE. The HIE is the vehicle to facilitate meaningful communication among providers related to a patient as well as to permit the sharing of information and analysis of data for decision making in support of another buzz word, the triple aim: better care, better health, lower cost. The theory is that ACOs can be effective in coordinating care among currently disparate providers serving the same individual by sharing and using real time information. Finally, the goal is that EMRs and EHRs will “house” their data or share their information via the HIE.
Stay tuned for my next blog which will try to link this discussion of electronic data to post acute care.
Juniper Communities CEO and Founder Lynne Katzmann was recently ranked as one of the Top 25 leading women entrepreneurs and business owners.This brief video includes snippets of her interview in which she shares some of the achievements that set her company apart in the field of eldercare and what motivates her as an individual.
by Cindy Longfellow
Our Alive in All Seasons program is alive and well at all our Juniper Villages. This quarter’s seasonal theme is on Creative Expression: “Explore Your Creativity” and serves to promote our philosophy of encouraging an active body, an engaged mind and a fulfilled spirit. For March, we will turn our focus to Performance: “Your Treasure is Within”.
This month on March 2, 2014 we look forward to the 86th celebration of the Academy Awards. As we watch popular comedian and talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres host the festivities while the beautiful stars dressed in their finery walk the red carpet we can’t help to stop, to pause and reminisce of all of the great performances of past years. Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Vivien Leigh, Meryl Streep, Peter Ustinov and Dustin Hoffman; the list goes on! In addition to guessing who might win the Oscars for 2014, this month we will be learning about and experiencing all different types of great performance art, enjoying cultural events and trying our hand at acting in drama club.
It’s going to be a theatrical month at all our Juniper Villages filled with creativity, great experiences and memorable performances! You are cordially invited to attend the Night at the Oscars Dinner in Meadville on March 13th at 5:30 pm (RSVP by March 11th), the Saint Patrick Day “Spirits & Cheer” celebration in Chatham on March 17th at 3:30 pm, the 2nd Annual Suessical Night at the Oscars in Louisville on March 19th at 6:00 pm, the Friends and Family Murder Mystery Dinner in Naples on March 25th at 4:00 pm (RSVP by March 17th), or any of our Villages’ other activities (see each Village’s Newsletter for a complete listing – all times listed here are local time for that community).
So come in, and join in on the act to find that “Your Treasure is Within”.