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News Article | April 15, 2016
Site: www.scientificamerican.com

Some dogs take on the day like this jolly jumper: Others’ approach is more like this: This you already know. But you might not know a two-part fact about fear: 1) Fear can have devastating effects on a dog’s quality of life, and 2) Fear does not have to be permanent. That’s why the ASPCA opened the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey as the first shelter facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of undersocialized, fearful dogs. The power of this initiative (and why I’m so excited) is that their work and findings can help not only the dogs from cruelty and neglect cases who enter the Center, but also dogs all over the world. On Saturday, April 16 at 9am Eastern/Pacific you can see their work in action in “Second Chance Dogs,” airing on Animal Planet. Maybe you call it by another name—shy, cautious, reluctant, suspicious, uneasy, worried, chickenhearted (clearly I went to the thesaurus on this one)—but however you swing it, “Fear is an emotional reaction, induced by the perception of stimuli associated with danger, which leads to protective defensive reactions” (Mills, 2010). While fear is part of an adaptive system that readies the body for action, it is not always useful, particularly if fear is directed toward normal, everyday things. Fear can impair a dog’s ability to cope, and it has even been associated with decreased lifespan. Behaviorally, fear can be subtle, or it can be in-your-face and over-the-top obvious. Pamela Reid, vice president of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team and Kristen Collins, senior director of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation describe fear as any of the following behaviors: “trembling, panting, freezing, withdrawing, hiding, attempting to escape, and defensive aggression.” They add that fear is not an all-or-nothing phenomenon and can arise in any number of the following contexts: “fear of being handled or restrained, fear of people, fear of other dogs, fear of being alone (isolation distress or separation anxiety), fear of certain environments, activities, or objects, fear of loud noises, and fear of anything unfamiliar (neophobia).” Look again at that long list of potentially fear-inducing contexts and something should stand out—the list describes all the things a companion dog might stumble across any day of the week. Companion dogs regularly encounter things that are new: new people, new places, new sights and sounds. A dog in a city can’t avoid being bombarded with sounds coming and going, an ever changing array of people and other dogs, weird flooring to walk over (subway grates), and being left alone in an apartment. Suburban and rural dogs could face their own comparable contexts. Why any particular dog exhibits fear is a huge can of worms for another day, but once fear is here, standing up and waving a big Fear Flag, we can help. There is the potential to decrease fear and help dogs develop a new outlook. That’s why the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center opened in 2013 to focus solely on dogs from cruelty and neglect cases showing intense fearful behavior. Could these dogs be helped to see another way? See for yourself. Meet Coconut: I still can’t get through this video without tearing up. Coconut’s transformation is filled to the brim with love and patience, but it’s equally jam-packed with science-based behavior modification procedures. What you were seeing during Coconut’s transformation were operant conditioning and desensitization and counter-conditioning procedures. These techniques build and attach new, good associations to previously scary things. To counter her fear of people and touch, Coconut learned to place her body on hands to get a treat. It was her choice, and eventually she came to realize that touch feels great! Over time, these incremental associations become monumental, and Coconut turned into a dog who enjoys human touch. Pass me the tissues. The treatment protocols at the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center focus on four categories: fear of people, fear of handling, fear of leash application/walking, and fear of novelty. The learning and training procedures within each category build slowly on one another to help dogs move away from fear and in the direction of that jolly jumper you saw at the start of this post—petting feels nice, people (both familiar and unfamiliar) are safe, novelty is not scary. Since opening their doors, the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center has collected data to see what works best. In addition to environmental enrichment and behavior modification procedures, they’re finding that fearful pups benefit greatly from being around “helper dogs,” or dogs who are more confident and social. Reid and Collins comment, “We have been struck by the dramatic differences in dogs’ behavior when we incorporate ‘helper dogs’ into behavior modification session. You can see a helper dog in action in “Second Chance Dogs,” and again, pass me the tissues; there’s nothing I love more than watching a dog come out of her shell. That's senior director Kristen Collins referring to the undersocialized and fearful dogs at the Center, but she could very well be talking about fearful dogs in general. Companion dogs living in homes are not immune to fear of people, fear of handling, fear of leash walking, and fear of novelty. The ASPCA’s work highlights the flexibility of fear. Nobody is talking about eradicating fear or bringing fear to zero, but results can be huge when dogs learn to form new associations and see the world as less scary. The Behavioral Rehabilitation team continues to document and collect data on their procedures, but given the success of the program—all 185 of its graduates have been adopted or placed with partners for adoption—the ASPCA will build a permanent facility in Weaverville, N.C., scheduled to open in 2017. The expanded program will focus on the development and expansion of behavioral rehabilitation in shelters and rescue groups across the country. Tune into “Second Chance Dogs” this Saturday on Animal Planet at 9:00 am Eastern/Pacific. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. If you know a dog who exhibits fear at times, you are not alone. Here are a few expert tips on modifying fear in dogs:  The Cautious Canine: How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears  by Patricia McConnell, and  How to Help Dogs with Anxiety Issues Overcome Fear  by Kristen Collins. Also, here are ways to find professional behavioral help. This is the second installment in the The Science of Animal Shelters series. Also check out Part 1, The Science of Animal Shelters: An Inspirational Series. Dreschel, N. A. (2010). The effects of fear and anxiety on health and lifespan in pet dogs. Applied Animal Behavior Science 125, 157—162. Mills, D. S. et al. (Eds.). (2010). The Encyclopedia of Applied Animal Behavior & Welfare. Cambridge, MA: CABI Reid, P. J., & Collins, K. (2015). Training and Behavior Modification for the Shelter. In E. Weiss, H. Mohan-Gibbons, S. Zawistowski (Eds.), Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff. Iowa, Wiley Blackwell.


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CareTrust REIT, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRE) announced today that it acquired five skilled nursing facilities in Illinois. The purchase price was approximately $29.2 million, inclusive of transaction costs. In connection with the acquisition, CareTrust REIT entered into a new tenant relationship with affiliates of Illinois-based WLC Management Firm, LLC, which took over operations effective March 1, 2017. "We are delighted to begin a new relationship with industry veteran Scott Stout and the WLC team, and to add these well-regarded properties to our portfolio," said Dave Sedgwick, CareTrust REIT's Vice President of Operations. He noted that Mr. Stout has been managing the portfolio’s day-to-day operations since 2008 for the outgoing owner, Dr. Roger Herrin, who is retiring from the post-acute and convalescent care business after 43 years. “Although we are technically re-tenanting this portfolio, we are pleased that our incoming operator knows these operations, their personnel and their markets so well,” he added. Scott Stout, WLC’s chief executive officer, said, “I love these facilities and the staff, residents and patients that make them so special, and I’m honored to continue the legacy of quality, local care and attention that Dr. Herrin established.”  Mr. Stout continued, “I’m grateful to have joined with CareTrust REIT, and appreciate the pragmatic and operator-sensitive mindset they brought to the transaction." The 455-bed Illinois skilled nursing portfolio consists of Saline Care Center in Harrisburg, Carrier Mills Nursing & Rehabilitation in Carrier Mills, Stonebridge Senior Living Center in Benton, Pinckneyville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Pinckneyville, and DuQuoin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in DuQuoin. The investment is scheduled to generate initial annual rent of $2.9 million, for an initial cash yield of 10.0%. The new master lease carries an initial term of fifteen years, with two five-year renewal options and CPI-based rent escalators.  CareTrust REIT funded the acquisition with cash on hand. CareTrust REIT, Inc. is a self-administered, publicly-traded real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, acquisition and leasing of seniors housing and healthcare-related properties. With 158 net-leased healthcare properties and three operated seniors housing properties in 21 states, CareTrust REIT is pursuing opportunities across the nation to acquire properties that will be leased to a diverse group of local, regional and national seniors housing operators, healthcare services providers, and other healthcare-related businesses. More information about CareTrust is available at www.caretrustreit.com.


Karen P. Lim-Smith Recognized as a Professional of the Year for Three Consecutive Years by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Publication Flower Mound, TX, December 24, 2016 --( About Karen P. Lim-Smith Karen Lim-Smith manages Music Starz Studios, a music studio providing music education in violin, viola and piano lessons. She is a performer and teacher. She performed frequently with The Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and has toured with Andrea Bocelli and Diana Ross and the Supremes throughout the U.S. She has made six CD’s with her husband Jay Smith. Lim-Smith won first prize at the Mozart National String Competition. Music Starz Studios raised money from 2011-2014 at Grapevine Mills Mall for: Buckner International Orphan Care, Pass on the Gift – Heifer International to end world hunger and poverty and care for the Earth, Captain Hope’s Kids, Feeding America and Food for the Poor. Lim-Smith and her students devote much of their time and effort to providing free concert performances for hospice patients in affiliation with Good Shepherd Hospice and Hospice Compassus (2013 – 2014). Her music students are winners of the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program and have been certified for the Prudential Spirit Community Awards. During her spare time, she performs with her music students free concerts for hospice patients at: Hollymead – Skilled Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center – Flower Mound The Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care in Flower Mound Flower Mound Assisted Living Rosewood Assisted Living - Flower Mound Lewisville Estates Assisted Living & Retirement Living – Lewisville Evergreen at Vista Ridge Senior Living – Lewisville Rambling Oaks Courtyard Extensive Community Care and Assisted Living – Highland Village From 2013 – 2014, Lim-Smith and her students have performed free hospice concerts for the following areas: Greenfield Residences of Arlington Villages on MacArthur – Skilled Care and Memory Care – Irving Town Of Flower Mound Senior Center Woodridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Grapevine Kindred Transitional Care - Grapevine Grapevine Senior Center – Grapevine Autumn Leaves - Grapevine Dancing River Assisted Living – Grapevine Stoneybrook Memory Care – Grapevine Meadwood Assisted Living - Grapevine River Oaks Assisted Living – Coppell Good Shepherd Hospice in Irving The Northgate Plaza – Irving Prairie Estates Nursing Home - Frisco The Plaza (nursing home) - Richardson Heritage House – Keller Mustang Creek – Keller Keller Oaks - Keller Lake Lodge Nursing - Fort Worth North Hills Hospital - North Richland Hills Sterling House – Watauga Ms. Lim-Smith obtained a M.A. in Music and a M.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas. She is affiliated with the Denton Music Teachers Association, Carrollton Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the International Women’s Leadership Association, National Association of Distinguished Professionals and the Continental Who’s Who. For further information, please contact www.musicstarzstudios.com. About Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is an international advertising, networking and publishing company based in Farmingdale, New York. They are proud to be able to satisfy their clients and continue to have repeat clientele due to their longevity and pride in their products and services. The Owners strive to connect business professionals to enhance their contact base and networking capabilities so they can get the acknowledgment and publicity within their industries and beyond. The Strathmore family has been providing these valuable services for over two decades. They target executives and professionals in all industries to be featured in their publication and on-line directory. Industries include business, law, education, healthcare and medicine, fine arts, IT, government, science, real estate, entertainment and many more accomplished fields. Professional profiles are listed in an annual hardcover journal and in a detailed, searchable database on the website www.strww.com. Flower Mound, TX, December 24, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Karen P. Lim-Smith of Flower Mound, Texas has been recognized as a Professional of the Year for three consecutive years, 2015, 2016 and early admission for 2017, by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for her outstanding contributions and achievements for over 20 years in the fields of music education, entertainment and music.About Karen P. Lim-SmithKaren Lim-Smith manages Music Starz Studios, a music studio providing music education in violin, viola and piano lessons. She is a performer and teacher. She performed frequently with The Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and has toured with Andrea Bocelli and Diana Ross and the Supremes throughout the U.S. She has made six CD’s with her husband Jay Smith. Lim-Smith won first prize at the Mozart National String Competition.Music Starz Studios raised money from 2011-2014 at Grapevine Mills Mall for: Buckner International Orphan Care, Pass on the Gift – Heifer International to end world hunger and poverty and care for the Earth, Captain Hope’s Kids, Feeding America and Food for the Poor. Lim-Smith and her students devote much of their time and effort to providing free concert performances for hospice patients in affiliation with Good Shepherd Hospice and Hospice Compassus (2013 – 2014).Her music students are winners of the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program and have been certified for the Prudential Spirit Community Awards.During her spare time, she performs with her music students free concerts for hospice patients at:Hollymead – Skilled Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center – Flower MoundThe Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care in Flower MoundFlower Mound Assisted LivingRosewood Assisted Living - Flower MoundLewisville Estates Assisted Living & Retirement Living – LewisvilleEvergreen at Vista Ridge Senior Living – LewisvilleRambling Oaks Courtyard Extensive Community Care and Assisted Living –Highland VillageFrom 2013 – 2014, Lim-Smith and her students have performed free hospice concerts for the following areas:Greenfield Residences of ArlingtonVillages on MacArthur – Skilled Care and Memory Care – IrvingTown Of Flower Mound Senior CenterWoodridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – GrapevineKindred Transitional Care - GrapevineGrapevine Senior Center – GrapevineAutumn Leaves - GrapevineDancing River Assisted Living – GrapevineStoneybrook Memory Care – GrapevineMeadwood Assisted Living - GrapevineRiver Oaks Assisted Living – CoppellGood Shepherd Hospice in IrvingThe Northgate Plaza – IrvingPrairie Estates Nursing Home - FriscoThe Plaza (nursing home) - RichardsonHeritage House – KellerMustang Creek – KellerKeller Oaks - KellerLake Lodge Nursing - Fort WorthNorth Hills Hospital - North Richland HillsSterling House – WataugaMs. Lim-Smith obtained a M.A. in Music and a M.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas. She is affiliated with the Denton Music Teachers Association, Carrollton Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the International Women’s Leadership Association, National Association of Distinguished Professionals and the Continental Who’s Who.For further information, please contact www.musicstarzstudios.com.About Strathmore’s Who’s Who WorldwideStrathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is an international advertising, networking and publishing company based in Farmingdale, New York. They are proud to be able to satisfy their clients and continue to have repeat clientele due to their longevity and pride in their products and services. The Owners strive to connect business professionals to enhance their contact base and networking capabilities so they can get the acknowledgment and publicity within their industries and beyond. The Strathmore family has been providing these valuable services for over two decades. They target executives and professionals in all industries to be featured in their publication and on-line directory. Industries include business, law, education, healthcare and medicine, fine arts, IT, government, science, real estate, entertainment and many more accomplished fields. Professional profiles are listed in an annual hardcover journal and in a detailed, searchable database on the website www.strww.com. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Strathmore Worldwide


With an upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, Meseret Asfaw Haile, RN, BSN, MS, joins the prestigious ranks of the International Nurses Association. She is a registered nurse with 15 years of experience in her field and extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially neuroscience, stroke, orthopedics, telemetry, oncology, geriatrics, health informatics, and medical/surgical nursing. Meseret is currently serving nursing students at Prince George’s Community College as a clinical instructor and  on the neuroscience unit at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC, a role she embraced in 2014. Prior to her current employment, she worked as the Director of Clinical Education at Golden Living and Director of Care Delivery at ManorCare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Meseret attended Northern Virginia Community College in Springfield, Virginia, and received her Nursing Associate Degree, she obtained her Bachelor Degree of Science in Nursing at George Mason University School of Nursing. Meseret also holds a Master Degree of Science in Health Informatics, which she acquired from George Mason University School of Nursing in 2015. She credits her success to her passion for caring for people and dedicates her free time to family and church. Meseret also enjoys helping others and reading The American Journal of Nursing. Learn more about Meseret here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meseret-haile-85aa4bab and read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

When we think about safety net hospitals, the narrative often turns into one of facilities struggling to make use of limited resources to serve some of the most complex and challenging patient populations. Rarely do we align safety net hospitals with leading edge cognitive technology. But that is exactly what is happening at Grady Health System in Atlanta. Grady Health System (Grady) comprises a network of providers, clinics, and inpatient services that combine to deliver care for metro Atlanta. The system has served the community since 1892 and acted as a healthcare safety net for a diverse and growing population. As of last year, Grady treated almost 41,000 adult and newborn patients admitted to the main hospital and conducted close to 500,000 outpatient visits. Caring for such a large population requires innovation and focus. In 2016, system leadership wanted to find a way to better target resources and identify patients at risk of returning to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. These readmissions pose a real threat to patient health and provider viability. Government mandates focused on reducing preventable readmissions impose hefty fines for performance that doesn’t meet established thresholds. “We landed on Jvion’s Cognitive Clinical Success Machine,” explained Ben McKeeby, Grady’s Chief Information Officer. Cognitive Clinical Success Machine Technology leverages the same power as well know and established search engines and cognitive technologies that understand, reason, and learn. What makes Jvion’s Cognitive Clinical Success Machine unique is its ability to drive patient-specific prioritizations, predictions, recommendations, and interventions that are precise, integrated directly into the clinical workflow, and delivered in a matter of weeks. “The Cognitive Clinical Success Machine that Grady is using leverages self-learning Eigen sphere technology to deliver an ultra-high definition view into the future state of the patient. This view accounts for the tens of thousands of exogenous factors that impact a patient’s risk along with the clinical context provided during the episode of care,” explained Todd Schlesinger, Vice President at Jvion. The machine is making a significant impact on a hard to reach and treat population. In addition to targeting readmissions broadly, the Grady team is using the cognitive science solution to specifically identify those patients with Congestive Heart Failure. Teams across the facility—from inpatient nursing staff to case managers and EMTs—use recommendations from Jvion’s Cognitive Clinical Success Machine to most effectively lower a patient’s risk. “With Jvion’s solution we have a remarkable cognitive appliance that works as seamlessly as any diagnostic test to deliver the most precise and actionable interventions for our patient population,” said McKeeby. “This kind of technology is the future. And with Jvion, cognitive power is finally within reach for healthcare providers.” About Grady Health System Grady Health System is one of the largest safety net health systems in the United States. Grady consists of the 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children's affiliate. With its nationally acclaimed emergency medical services, Grady has the premier level I trauma center in the Metro Atlanta region and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. Grady’s American Burn Association/American College of Surgeons verified Burn Center is one of only two in the state. And the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is a Joint Commission designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. Other key services include Grady’s Regional Perinatal Center with its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Georgia’s first Cancer Center for Excellence, The Avon Comprehensive Breast Center, the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Ponce de Leon Center - one of the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country. About Jvion Jvion delivers a Cognitive Clinical Success Machine that serves as a high-performance appliance for providers and the healthcare community. It activates recommendations that help healthcare providers who need ultra-definition patient-level predictions, prioritizations, interventions, and suggestions produced with unmatched speed, clinical applicability, and verity. The machine delivers the action-level recommendations that will best reduce the likelihood of an adverse event. This capability is enabled by a cognitive engine driven by horsepower that is based on more than a quadrillion clinical and non-clinical considerations and thousands of data elements. The machine’s thousands of self-learning Eigen spheres are applied to this data for each patient in real time to help hundreds of hospitals across the nation reduce target illnesses and diseases. Jvion’s Cognitive Clinical Success Machine includes broad clinical application vectors that, when applied to specific patients, deliver individualized prioritizations, interventions, and suggestions within two weeks. One of the reasons Jvion’s solution is independently ranked number one in clinical predictive science is because the machine is more than accurate, it is effective. Our approach mitigates the “accuracy fallacy” perpetuated within the industry by delivering a true picture of individual patient risk along with the actions that will lead to better health outcomes. Because Jvion’s machine works as a cognitive appliance, it plugs in directly to the existing Electronic Medical Record/clinical systems to deliver recommendations seamlessly into the organic workflow. Clinician and caregiver adoption of Jvion’s recommendations is accelerated because of the “on-demand” nature of the information. The machine outperforms and outsmarts even the highest performing predictive solutions/approaches available. And this performance hasn’t gone unnoticed; Jvion’s solution has won numerous external awards including designation as the #1 Predictive Provider in Healthcare by Black Book Market Research. http://www.jvion.com ###


NEWPORT, R.I. - Newport Hospital has again been named a Guardian of Excellence Award recipient by Press Ganey Associates, Inc. for superior care provided by the hospital's Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center inpatient unit. Press Ganey, a leading health care performance improvement and analytics organization, recognizes top-performing health care organizations with the distinction for consistently reaching the 95th percentile for patient experience. "I couldn't be more proud of the expert care given to patients undergoing rehabilitation at Newport Hospital," said Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital. "Our entire Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center team shows such dedication to their work and tremendous compassion to the many patients they treat every day." Every year, the Press Ganey awards honor health care organizations with the nationally recognized symbol of achievement. Award recipients must sustain performance in the top five percent consistently for every reporting period in that year. The 2016 award is based on patient experience from May 2015 through April 2016. The Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center at Newport Hospital has a history of extremely high patient satisfaction scores and outstanding outcomes for its comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. It is accredited by the Joint Commission and its inpatient rehab program has also achieved accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for commitment to reducing risk, addressing health and safety concerns, respecting cultural and individual preferences, and providing the best possible quality of care. Newport Hospital recently expanded its rehabilitation services with the launch of a physiatry service line and the addition of two physiatrists who work closely with the hospital's Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center staff, providing medical support, enhancing services, and completing the continuum of care on both the inpatient and outpatient sides. "Receiving this recognition for the third straight year is evidence that a patient-centered approach is firmly ingrained in the way our rehabilitation team provides care," said Melissa Fournier, PT, manager of inpatient rehab services for Lifespan, including the Vanderbilt inpatient rehab unit. "Our team really connects with patients and their families. They treat and teach them by involving them in the process, and as a result, build trusting relationships that help motivate patients and invest them in the rehabilitation process." The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence award represents an important recognition from the industry's leader in measuring, understanding and improving the patient experience. "We are honored to recognize Newport Hospital with the Guardian of Excellence award for the third year in a row," said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. "Their commitment to advancing the overall quality and experience of health care is evidenced by sustaining this level of excellence and we are proud to partner with them in the shared mission of reducing patient suffering." Press Ganey Holdings is a leading provider of patient experience measurement, performance analytics and strategic advisory solutions for health care organizations across the continuum of care. Celebrating 30 years of experience, Press Ganey is recognized as a pioneer and thought leader in patient experience measurement and performance improvement solutions. For more information, visit http://www. . Newport Hospital was founded in 1873 and is Newport County's only acute care hospital. Located on Powel Avenue in Newport, it is a community hospital with a broad spectrum of health services, including an emergency department, an award-winning birthing center, a behavioral health unit, surgical services, a renowned rehabilitation division, and a full array of outpatient services. Named 2015-16 best regional hospital in Rhode Island and the Providence metro area by U.S. News & World Report and a three-time Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award winner, Newport Hospital holds Magnet designation for excellence in nursing care. The hospital became a partner in the Lifespan health system in 1997. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @NewportHospital.


(PRLEAP.COM) February 23, 2017 - Windsor Healthcare Communities expands its growing list of certified Eden homes applying Eden principles of care by adding Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, New Jersey to the Eden Alternative Registry.Windsor Healthcare Communities are transforming institutional and traditional approaches in their skilled nursing facilities into an environment that both honors and respects an individual's autonomy and growth. "Adopting the Eden philosophy of care is a vital aspect of our commitment to provide an enriching and meaningful approach to elder care in all of our homes" says Batsheva Katz, Windsor Vice President and Eden Certified Educator.The staff care partners at all Windsor communities understand that each Elder, resident or guest's individual goals should be the center of how care is delivered. Promoting person-directed care that cherishes, honors and loves the Elders. "Merwick creates opportunities for our elders to live vibrant lives that nourish mind, body and spirit" adds Administrator, Tom Scarborough. Merwick's state of the art community offers short-term rehabilitation for those that need a bridge to home as well as those needing a long- term care environment.Of the current eight Eden certified homes in New Jersey, six of those are Windsor Healthcare Communities, including; The Buckingham at Norwood, The Canterbury at Cedar Grove, Llanfair House in Wayne, Merwick in Plainsboro , Venetian in South Amboy and Windsor Garden in East Orange. The Eden Alternative® is an international, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to creating quality of life for Elders and their care partners, wherever they may live.Windsor Healthcare Communities provide clinically sophisticated post-hospital medical care and rehabilitation, as well as comprehensive skilled nursing care at nine locations throughout New Jersey. Windsor is a family owned and operated organization, committed to medical excellence and well-being for all those they serve.For more information on Windsor Healthcare Communities, Merwick location please visit www.windsorhealthcare.org/Merwick or call 609.759.6000


News Article | December 23, 2016
Site: www.scientificamerican.com

This is my dog gift to you this holiday season: four short films about dogs to raise spirits, inform, and inspire. They are all available online, some for free. Whether your family is a joy or the pits, these family friendly dog programs are a way to spend time with the family without spending time with them, if you catch my drift. “The dog is man and woman's best friend, but how good a friend to your dog are you?” asks Catalyst science broadcaster, Jonica Newby. What makes dogs happy, and are we providing it? Presented in two parts, Making Dogs Happy covers things that matter to dogs: science-based training that benefits dogs and people, subtle indicators of stress often missed in dog behavior, the meaning behind the dog’s ‘guilty look,’ as well as Doglogbook, an app that monitors and maximizes dog well-being. We are also introduced to ‘dogmanship’—a concept Elyssa Payne and Paul McGreevy from the University of Sydney are unpacking: what are the human characteristics “that may help or hinder us in our quest to train and bond with our dogs.” Do I—or you—have what it takes to make dogs happy? The good news is, we can always learn! In Making Dogs Happy, regular dog lovers discover learning theory and the tools of effective interspecific communication. People learn about “reinforcers” and how to identify what is reinforcing to their individual dog. Then, people learn to deliver reinforcement promptly. With this in the bag, people apply these techniques in a number of contexts including teaching their dog to find their keys or phone. You heard me. Everyday people train everyday companion dogs to find their stuff. Even better, anyone can learn to do this as the seven short training steps are listed on the Catalyst website. If you are a regular here at Dog Spies, you’ll see familiar faces in Making Dogs Happy such as my Do You Believe in Dog colleague Mia Cobb and her monkey Fraggle of a dog, Rudy, as well as "Being a Dog" author Alexandra Horowitz and Paul McGreevy, who’s behind Doglogbook and dogmanship. Making Dogs Happy is an upbeat and informative program with the added bonus of Australian accents. (Part 2 on YouTube seems to cut off toward the end, so it's better to watch Part 2 here). “I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.”  ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Puppy mills. Hoarding situations. Some dogs find themselves living in horrendous conditions. Once removed, many dogs simply can’t brush it off and say, “Oh gosh! Thank you for removing me from that place of horror. But that’s behind me. Let’s get on with the fun!” Instead, studies find that many undersocialized dogs continue to lead difficult, fear-based lives. Second Chance Dogs follows six fearful dogs as they learn the world is not a terrifying place. Go behind the scenes of the ASCPA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, the first shelter facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of undersocialized and fearful dogs. I covered the Center in more detail back in April. Behavior-modification plans, not magic, transform the dogs’ outlook on life. “By implementing behavior treatments based on sound scientific principles, we’re able to help the vast majority of these dogs overcome their fears and become comfortable with normal pet activities like walking on a leash, enjoy petting, and playing with toys” explains Kristen Collins, the Center’s Senior Director. Watching exceptional behaviorists and trainers at work is a joy, and with incremental steps, dogs make incredible progress. Keep tissues nearby. In 1994, an Alabama puppy who was horribly abused came to pave the way for changes in domestic animal abuse laws. The 2015 documentary by Gorman Bechard, A Dog Named Gucci, tells the story of a resilient dog and his new owner, Doug James, who worked to strengthen Alabama’s animal cruelty laws. A touching documentary on decreasing animal cruelty in our society. Shelter Me, Episodes available at shelterme.tv Shelter Me is a series of uplifting stories about shelter pets and the human-animal bond. It makes you wonder: Is there really such a thing as a “shelter dog”? After all, once removed from the shelter setting, “shelter dogs” are, well, like any other dog, capable of doing all the normal and exceptional things that dogs do. Six episodes share inspirational stories of dogs and other companion animals as they move through the shelter system and enter new lives. One episode highlights U.S. veterans affected by PTSD who benefit from being paired with ex-shelter dogs, and in another episode, dogs leave the shelter to work in search-and-rescue. Shelter Me, of course, is not only about dogs. Rabbits “speed date” to see who they get along with, and Cat Cafes take cats for adoption and free up space at high-volume shelters. There are also the many people sharing their talents and expertise. In one episode, Patrick McDonnell, creator of the popular MUTTS comic strip, visits Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC) to find stories to share with his readers. Throughout, the Shelter Me series showcases the many ways shelter staff work to enhance the well-being of their temporary residents, from training and environmental enrichment to dog-dog play and socialization activities. Shelter Me is a vivid reminder that shelter dogs are actually just dogs. Episodes available here, and below is the trailer for Episode 3:


News Article | March 2, 2017
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The staff of Sampson Funeral Service, Inc. recognizes and admires the efforts and sacrifices made by veterans of the United States military. There is a beautiful story regarding Mr. Justus Belfield, a man retired from the Army who passed away at the age of 98 only hours after celebrating Veterans Day for the last time on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. A patient of the Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New York, Mr. Belfield fought in World War II and the Korean War, spending 16 years providing his services to America. Although he served so many decades in the past, he wore his uniform each Veterans Day to demonstrate his loyalty and pride in being a former member of the U.S. military. The full article about this incredible man can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/14/justus-be…. In light of the heroic work of veterans such as the late Mr. Belfield, Ernest Sampson, funeral director of Sampson Funeral Service, Inc., has made information regarding veterans’ funeral services available on his website. One may learn about the Military Funeral Honors ceremony that can be held for any eligible veteran. The website offers details about the service itself, eligibility requirements and includes important contact information. Additionally, the website tells of the availability of complimentary government headstones, grave markers and columbarium niche markers given upon request to qualifying veterans. The spouses and dependents of eligible veterans may also receive this free merchandise if their final disposition occurs in a national, state veterans’ or military post/base cemetery. Lastly, the Sampson Funeral Service, Inc. website offers insight into the process of securing a free United States burial flag to adorn the casket or to go along with the urn of a veteran who honorably served in the U.S. Armed Forces. This selection explains who is able to receive the burial flag, the application process, issues of burial flag replacement and how it may be correctly folded and displayed. All of the above points may be accessed by visiting http://www.sampsonfuneral.com and clicking on the links listed under Veterans. For more information, please visit http://www.sampsonfuneral.com/


(PRLEAP.COM) February 16, 2017 - (Plainsboro, NJ —) The Eden Alternative® announces the addition of Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center to its international Registry, joining 250 national and international long-term care communities committed to improving quality of life and care for the people they serve."With more than 15,000 nursing homes in the United States, Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center demonstrates its aspiration to become a prominent skilled/intermediate care provider in the greater Plainsboro area," said Eden Chief Executive Officer, Chris Perna. "Achieving Registry status indicates Merwick's understanding of the unique needs, preferences and desires of those individuals entrusted to their care," he added.Working with employees at all levels of Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center, the Eden Alternative provided professional development training in person-directed care, an evolving process that honors the voices and choices of elders and those working most closely with them, thus transforming the delivery of care to the entire community."Culture change is the common name for a global initiative focused on transforming long-term care as we know it," explained Merwick's Administrator, Tom Scarborough, "and our entire team was eager to shift its care practices and values to put the individual first," he noted.Throughout this comprehensive Registry process, both ancillary and clinical staff at Merwick focused on core person-directed values that included choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living. "We embraced The Eden Alternative's multi-phased process that provides principles and training strategies to create a vibrant, life-affirming environment where each person matters and everyone has opportunities for growth, regardless of age or abilities," added Tom Scarborough."We have diligently worked through the preparation to become an Eden Registry Member because our care partner team is committed to enhancing its delivery of support services using the principles and practices of The Eden Alternative." said Tom Scarborough, clarifying Eden Alternative's belief that the most effective support happens when there is a partnership between the caregiver and the care receiver. "We will continue to progress through three additional Eden Alternative Path to Mastery Milestones that will deepen our integration of person-directed care practices. It is something we all want for our loved ones, and eventually for ourselves," Tom Scarborough concluded.The Eden Alternative is an international, nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization that provides education and consultation for organizations across the entire continuum of care. With its person-directed care philosophy, it is dedicated to creating care environments that promote quality of life for Elders and those who provide support, leading to improved quality of care and higher rates of satisfaction.

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