Spring Meadows Receives Quality Care Award

HOLLAND—Spring Meadows Senior Community has been recognized as a 2015 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The program honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for senior and individuals with disabilities.

qaward_15bronze“It is a great honor to be recognized by AHCA/NCAL with a National Quality Award,” said Phil Whitker, Administrator for Spring Meadows Senior Community. “Improving the lives of the residents and families we care for every day is what brings us joy. This award symbolizes the dedication and commitment we have to the quality journey.”

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldridge Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Centers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, Spring Meadows Senior Community may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award.

“Spring Meadows Senior Community has demonstrated its commitment to providing quality care and I commend them for that,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Christine Boldt. “I encourage Spring Meadows Senior Community to continue its quality journey by striving for the Silver and Gold levels.”

The awards are sponsored by AHCA/NCAL Associate Business Members My InnerView, by National Research Corporation and PointRight. My InnerView represents the true voice of nursing home and assisted living residents, families, and employees with the most insightful quality measurement solutions and satisfaction surveys in the healthcare continuum. PointRight is the recognized leader in data-driven analytics for health care and insurance.

Spring Meadows Senior Community is family-owned and operated, and has been located in Holland, Ohio, since 1975.   The facility offers assisted living options, full time nursing care, long-term and short-term rehabilitation (physical, speech and occupational therapy) and Hospice services.

 

Congratulations Terein Collins

TereinTerein Collins, LPN/MDS, has just completed her coursework at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. She now has an Associate Degree in Nursing and she will soon take her RNNCLEX to be licensed as an RN.  Terein is a graduate of Scott High School  and has been an LPN since 2004.  She has also been Spring Meadow’s MDS nurse for the 300/400 halls since 2014.

It took Terein two years to complete her coursework because she continued to work full time and she also has two busy teenagers.

In the fall, Terein will begin courses at the University of Toledo to obtain her Master’s Degree in Nursing. Her goal is to become a healthcare administrator, either in the hospital or nursing home area.

Be sure to congratulate Terein if you see her in the hall.  We are all so proud of her for her dedication and hard work.

OHCA Recognizes Spring Meadows As One of Top 10 Facilities in State

HOLLAND—The Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) has recognized Spring Meadows Senior Community one of the Top 10 facilities in the association, based on results of an Ohio Department of Aging bi-annual Family Satisfaction Survey just released.

OHCA represents more than 750 nursing homes throughout the state of Ohio. Spring Meadows received a 93.1% satisfaction score from residents’ family members. That 93.1% rating placed Spring Meadows Senior Community in the Top 10 of Ohio of OHCA facilities and in the top 25 of all nursing facilities in Ohio. Astor House, the assisted living facility in Spring Meadows Senior Community, received a 95% satisfaction survey from families.

“We are thrilled with the Family Satisfaction Survey results and that our residents’ family members continue to be pleased with our facility and the outstanding care provided by our staff members,” said Phil Witker, Spring Meadows Senior Center administrator. “We consider every resident here a member of our extended family and strive daily to provide loving care and professional services in a homelike atmosphere.”

The Family Satisfaction Survey asked respondents to rate Spring Meadows Senior Community in a variety of areas including: admissions, social services, activities, choice, direct care, professional nurses, therapy, administration, meals and dining, laundry, environment and general. Spring Meadows scored 89.7% in 2012 and 93.1 in 2014. State average score in 2014 was 85.8.

Results can be viewed at http://ltc.ohio.gov/.

Spring Meadows Senior Community is family-owned and operated, and has been located in Holland, Ohio, since 1975. The facility offers assisted living options, full time nursing care, long-term and short-term rehabilitation (physical, speech and occupational therapy) and Hospice services.

Dr. Murthy Gokula Named Medical Director

Spring Meadows Senior Community has named  Dr. Radha Gokula as its new medical director.   Dr. Gokula goes by Dr. Murthy Gokula.

Dr. Murthy Gokula’s passion is Geriatrics. He is the Program Director for the St. Luke’s Hospital Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program in association with The University of Toledo teaching faculty.

“We welcome Dr. Gokula aboard and are very pleased with the fact he has a specialty in Geriatrics,” said Tom Blakely, Assistant Administrator at Spring Meadows Senior Community.

Gokula,Radha_1A1Dr. Gokula earned his medical degree at Siddhartha Medical College in India and completed his Family Medicine residency at Sparrow Hospital/Michigan State University in Lansing, MI. After his residency, Dr. Gokula continued his training at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he completed a fellowship in geriatrics. He is board certified in Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He also is a Certified Medical Director for long-term care.  He was recently nominated to the American Geriatric Society BEERs Criteria SWAT TEAM to help keep the new BEERs criteria for polypharmacy updated on an ongoing basis. He has received grant funding to help reduce the inappropriate use of Foley catheters and urinary infections in the long-term care setting and is currently working on a project to help improve hydration in the elderly. He is the founder/advisor for the Interdisciplinary Geriatrics Club at the UT College of Medicine. He is a strong advocate for interprofessional geriatric education, research, and clinical care.

Dr. Gokula’s special clinical interests include polypharmacy, diseases of the elderly and palliative medicine; he has conducted extensive research about the inappropriate use of Foley catheters in hospitals and new models of geriatric care in practice.

Spring Meadows Seeking New Medical Director

Spring Meadows Senior Community Medical Director Dr. Stephen Camacho passed away unexpectedly on November 29.   Dr. Camacho was 41 years old and had been the medical director here since August 2012.

Spring Meadows Senior Community is working on securing another medical director as soon as possible.

“Dr. Camacho will be dearly missed by all of us here at Spring Meadows Senior Community: residents, staff, and families,” said Melissa Broadwater, RN, Director of Admissions & Marketing,   “We were blessed to have known Dr. Camacho as part of our family here and will hold memories of him dearly to our hearts. He touched many lives in his short life.”

Dr. Camacho is survived by his parents, wife, five sons and three step-children.  He received his combined Bachelor’s Degree and Medical Degree from Kent State University and Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine in 1997. He completed Family Practice residency at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.    Full obituary information can be found at http://www.newcomertoledo.com/obituary/94383/Dr-Stephen-P-Camacho/Toledo-Ohio.

Holiday Open House

Spring Meadows Senior Community will be hosting a Holiday Open House on December 6 from noon until 4 p.m.

Enjoy a bazaar, silent wreath auction, snacks, entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.  Silent wreath auction winners will be notified on December 8.

Trick or Treat at Spring Meadows

Looking for a warm, dry, safe place to trick or treat this Halloween? Look no more!!!! Spring Meadows Senior Community offers Trick or Treating on Halloween night (Friday, October 31st) from 6:30 pm -7:30 pm.

All children 12 and under are welcome! The Trick or Treating begins at Spring Meadows main entrance (where the green canopy is). Then children are led through the dining room and then over to Astor House where they will exit the building into the same parking lot they entered. The residents love passing candy out so each Trick or Treater is well taken care of. That is why we ask that you only gothrough the building once. Please help spread the word about this event and we hope to see you there!

A Love Story: Larry & Donna Stevens Celebrate 62nd Wedding Anniversary

It was true love from day one.

That love is as strong as ever for Larry and Donna Stevens of Toledo who will be celebrating 62 years of marriage on May 16th. Their love has faced some challenges…as all marriages do…but it perseveres as Larry now visits Donna twice daily at Spring Meadows Senior Community, where she is a resident living with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. The staff at Spring Meadow planned a special anniversary lunch for the couple on May 16.

P1030340The couple first met at the age of 16 met in Ashland, Ohio. Donna first caught Larry’s eye when she would walk by his home on her way to work. One day, Larry and his sister went to the skating rink and Donna was also there. Larry rode the bus home from the skating rink with Donna, instead of riding home with his sister. The rest is history.

It wasn’t uncommon for Larry to walk 13 miles to visit Donna during their courtship. They married on May 16, 1952, when Larry was 17 and Donna, five months older, was 18. The couples lived in Ashland until 1967, then moved to Anaheim, California until 1972, and then back to Toledo, where they have been ever since. Along the way, they raised three children: Sherie, who lives in Holland, Ohio; Diane, living in California; and Michael, in Ashland. They have 6 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Larry worked as a crane operator when the couple moved back to Ohio. Donna waitressed at White Tower Restaurant and ran the employee cafeteria at Jacobson’s before her retirement. Larry will happily say Donna was “the boss”, who worked her job and then came home and worked another as a mother and wife.

Larry says the secret to the longevity of their marriage is easy.

“We love each other. We have always gotten along good,” he said. “We had a few times where we would argue, just like any other couple, but not that many. We liked to do things together like bowl and play cards. We always have a lot of fun just being together.”

The couple has enjoyed traveling together to various spots across the country. On their 50th wedding anniversary, they made a trip to Las Vegas. Donna, a huge Wayne Newton fan, got a big treat as the performer found out about their anniversary and sang to the couple and kissed Donna’s hand.

In 2003, Donna was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In December 2013, the family made the tough decision to move her to a nursing home facility. Prior to that, Larry had managed her care with the help of family and home health care.

“He said he was going to take care of her as long as he possibly could and that is exactly what he did,” Sherie said.

Larry drives to Spring Meadows Senior Community twice a day to spend time and eat meals with Donna. He has only missed a couple of days…when winter weather prohibited him from the making the drive and a couple days when he was ill.

“Some days are good and some days are not so good,” Larry said of his wife’s condition. “Sometimes we have some real good moments. There are times she still knows me. I just tell her I love her and give her a kiss and hug.”

Having been inflicted with the disease for 11 years and suffering several strokes, Sherie said it became time for Donna to have round-the-clock professional care.

“They say this disease is the longest goodbye and that is so true. It’s just nice to hold on to her as long as we can.

“Having her here (at Spring Meadows) is really comforting to us. This is a good, good place. They truly care…from the aides to the nurses to the people in the financial office to the activity people. It is very, very stressful to have to find a new home for your loved one,” she said.

“The minute I walked into Spring Meadows, I knew this was the place for mom. Everyone was smiling and I could tell everyone cared. Even though I didn’t have an appointment, people made time to see me and answer my questions,” Sherie said. “Is it great that this is close for us … yes, but we would have driven miles and miles every day to know that mom was in a place where she was receiving the best care. It just so happened for us that Spring Meadows was that place and it is close to home.”

Spring Meadows hosted a special anniversary celebration luncheon for the couple. The couple’s favorite meals from a local restaurant were  brought on site and enjoyed in a special setting. The staff wishes Donna and Larry many more “good days” ahead on the path to their next wedding anniversary.

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New to Spring Meadows Staff

Two new employees have joined the Spring Meadows Senior Community family.

Terein Collins, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) has been transferred from provided direct care to the MEDS office to assist Georgia Bucher.

Terein is currently taking classes to complete her Bachelor of Nursing Science (BSN). She will graduate soon and take the exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

James Mossing has temporarily joined the Spring Meadows team as chef. He is a corporate chef for Talk of the Town Consulting and is currently head chef/dietary manager until a permanent manager is found.

 

Meet Our Activities Team

Spring Meadows Senior Community is taking a “team” approach to activities at the nursing home and Astor House assisted living.

Group-Activities_01The team is led by Activities Director Lindsay Schmidutz with Activities Assistants Janet Langwell, Teea Scott and Tanya Brough a part of the group.

Schmidutz recently took over activities for Spring Meadows Senior Community, after being head of Astor House activities for many years.

“The team approach is working really well for us.  We all have our talents and bring something unique to the table, but we work really well as a team too because we complement one another,” Schmidutz said.   “We all have in common our love for our job and passion for helping our residents live life to the fullest.  They are our extended family.”

Schmidutz said as part of the team approach, Spring Meadows is implementing more one-on-one and small group activities as well as taking activities to residents’ rooms if they would like to participate, but are unable to for whatever reason.

Pictured are staff members (from left) Lindsay Schmidutz, Teea Scott, Janet Langwell and Tanya Brough.

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