Bethany Nursing Center of Millen: Resident Celebrates 100 Years

Until just a few years ago, could be found in her little country store in Herndon, a Jenkins County community, helping customers and keeping track of what was going on with everybody.
She never forgot a birthday and enjoyed sending cards and making calls to those celebrating. If someone in the community fell ill, Johnson took them comforting food, which was always home cooked. She loved spending time in the kitchen and made three hot meals a day in between running the store named after her late husband, Math Johnson Sr.
Today, Johnson spends her time playing checkers and enjoying singing and other activities at Bethany Nursing Center in Millen.
According to her son Math Johnson Jr., the old-fashioned “Steel Magnolia” operated the family grocery store until six years ago. The classic corner store was where one could buy necessities and sit and chat while enjoying an ice cold drink and a snack, possibly some traditional Southern favorites — an RC Cola and a Moon Pie. It was a gathering place offering as much in the way of social life as it did in providing customers with essential items, he said.
In keeping with her old-fashioned ways, Sarah Johnson never evolved with the computer world, preferring to add up sums in her head and ring up items […]

August 15th, 2014|From Our Members|

Brightmoor Nursing Center evacuation drill

Brightmoor Nursing Center of Griffin recently participated in an evacuation drill on July 24th. The facility had four community partners to participate; Spalding County Fire Department, Spalding County Sheriff’s Depart-ment, Spalding County EMS, and 911 dispatch. In the picture above, are the County officials as well as the Nursing Home Incident Command Team (NHICT).

During the drill, the facility took the opportunity to test the strength of the Nursing Home Incident Command System (NHICS) and activated the facility’s Incident Command Team (ICT). The ICT was instrumental in assessing the situation and leading Brightmoor staff. The staff at Brightmoor assisted the residents through the appropriate evacuation route. Once the residents were in a secured location, then the ICT along with nursing staff accounted for all residents that were evacuated. The facility was also successful in securing existing residents and staff in 10 minutes. All staff worked together in a timely and organized manner.

August 11th, 2014|Emergency Preparedness, Facility News, From Our Members, News|

NCAL Second Quarter 2014 Accomplishments

GHCA has posted the NCAL Quarterly Accomplishments Report for the second quarter of 2014 to the GHCA website (click HERE to view report). This report summarizes NCAL accomplishments in the areas of Advocacy/Policy, Quality, Workforce, Membership, Customer Relations and Governance.

August 1st, 2014|Assisted Living|

It’s time to prepare for the 2014 satisfaction surveys for employees, residents and family members.

The Department of Community Health/Georgia Heath Care Association Quality Incentive Program is based in part on customer and employee satisfaction survey results. Results from your 2014 survey will be used to establish 2015 incentive payments. It is imperative that you follow the steps provided to ensure that your survey results are available for the designated reporting periods of the Quality Incentive Program.
Download the survey packet here.

July 31st, 2014|Quality Corner|

2014 GHCA PAC Golf Tournament September 17th! New Location!

Register today for the 2014 Georgia Health Care Association PAC Golf Tournament! You do not want to miss out on this wonderful opportunity to lend your support to the voice of Georgia’s skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities and SOURCE providers all while having a great time.
We are excited to announce that the tournament has moved to a new location this year!  It will be held Wednesday, September 17th at the Legacy on Lanier Golf Club in Buford, GA.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place teams for gross and net scores, longest drive and closet to the pin.

Register is open and can be found online HERE.
To download the informational brochure, click HERE.

July 31st, 2014|Golf Tournaments, Legislative|

Deal: June revenues up 11.5 percent

Gov. Nathan Deal announced on July 14th that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of June totaled $1.76 billion for an increase of $182.25 million, or 11.5 percent, compared to the month-ended June 2013. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled nearly $17.9 billion for an increase of roughly $879.25 million, or 5.2 percent, compared to the same point last year when net tax revenues totaled $17 billion through the end of June 2013.

July 31st, 2014|Legislative|

AHCA/NCAL recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Silver Achievement in Quality Award – and an impressive seven of the 77 recipients are GHCA members.

GHCA members being honored are:

Cartersville Heights
Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Atlanta
PruittHealth – Forsyth
PruittHealth – Toomsboro
PruittHealth – Valdosta
Southland Health and Rehabilitation of Peachtree City
The William Breman Jewish Home of Atlanta.

Silver is the second level in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award journey and recognizes a significant step in the journey toward performance excellence. In 2014, 77 centers across the country achieved the Silver award. This represents 26% of applicants, an increase over the 20% recognition rate in 2013.
This recognition for GHCA members means the association has met its Strategic Plan goal of earning seven Silver National Quality Awards in 2014.
"This prestigious award honors select centers across the nation that serve as models of excellence in providing high-quality long term care," said Jon S. Howell, president and CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association. "I am proud that we had such a strong showing in this national awards process. It clearly demonstrates the ongoing commitment of GHCA members to providing consumers with access to high quality care here […]

July 31st, 2014|News, Quality Corner|

GHCA welcomes baby Lucy

Congratulations to Jon and Emily Howell on the birth of their daughter Lucille "Lucy" Howell. Lucy was born on Wednesday, July 16th at 11:03pm weighing in at 6lbs 12ozs. Mom and baby are both doing great!

July 31st, 2014|GHCA, News|

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

Attached you will find the current data package (PDF attachment labeled AP package) pertaining to the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.  Nationally, we have reached a 17.1% reduction in the use of antipsychotic medications for long-stay nursing home residents.  Please forward this information to colleagues and other stakeholders who share an interest in this partnership. 
We appreciate your continued hard work, support and dedication to this critical effort! 
Michele Laughman
Health Insurance Specialist
Division of Nursing Homes
Survey & Certification Group
Center for Clinical Standards & Quality
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

July 31st, 2014|Quality Corner|

Community Healthcare Connections

Communities across Georgia are working together to reduce readmissions. Providers all along the health care continuum have committed to improving communication and to making care more complete and safer for those that they serve.  In those communities where a charter has been signed, efforts have been formalized for big reductions in readmission rates. Hospitals are a part of the communities to be sure – but home care providers, dialysis, long term care, hospice, community service providers, physicians and consumers also make up this vibrant health care community.
Community Healthcare Connections Meetings Schedule

July 31st, 2014|Quality Corner|