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South Florida Hospital News: “Innovative and Personalized Music & Memory Program Yields Multiple Gains for Skilled Nursing Residents with Cognitive Challenges”

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unnamed2A new one-of-a-kind music program at Plaza Health Network’s South Pointe Plaza on Miami Beach goes way beyond entertaining residents and takes patient programming to a whole new level. ‘Music & Memory’ offers benefits that can improve awareness, mobility, socialization and temperament for individual residents with dementia and other memory conditions. Importantly, neuroscience research backs the multiple gains witnessed by facility administrators, staff and patient families.

Read the full story here: Innovative and Personalized Music & Memory Program Yields Multiple Gains for Skilled Nursing Residents with Cognitive Challenges

Medicaid expansion necessary

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4-Ron Lowy Photo 2As chairman of the board of the largest network of not-for-profit rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers in South Florida, I applaud the Herald for its coverage of and the Editorial Board’s spotlight on the glaring need for Medicaid expansion.

Prompted by the recent report released by Florida Community Health Action Information Network, the Herald is again shining a bright light on this dire situation: One in four Miami-area adults are in poor health, and one in three working adults have no health coverage even with the new coverage options available through the Affordable Care Act. In Florida, there are 2.8 million uninsured individuals.

Read the full letter-to-the-editor in Miami Herald here

Ponce Plaza Receives Bronze National Quality Award

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3- Ponce - Bronze AwardMIAMI, FL. – Ponce Plaza Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center 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 program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Ponce Plaza is part of Plaza Health Network, the largest not-for-profit network of rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers in South Florida.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by AHCA/NCAL with a National Quality Award,” said Elaine Bloom, CEO and president of Plaza Health Network. “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 our staff has to achieve the highest quality,” said Desiree Sebastian, Ponce Plaza Administrator. Read More

Florida Medical Space: “Plaza Health Network Chief Clinical Officer Gets Dorothy Smith Leadership Award”

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2- Ann-Lynn Denker 1Ann-Lynn Denker recognized for her work in nursing education, policy and advocacy

Plaza Health Network’s Chief Clinical Officer, Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, ARNP, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Dorothy Smith Leadership Award from the University of Florida’s College of Nursing. The award is presented to alumni who demonstrate excellence in leadership for the nursing community.

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Plaza Health Network Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Centers Earn Quality Assurance Accreditation

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1- QAPI AwardsPlaza Health Network, an award-winning network of rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers, proudly announces receiving quality assurance and performance improvement accreditation for all seven of its facilities.

The Providigm Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) accreditation is based on standards for excellence in continuously improving quality of care and life for nursing home residents. Each quarter, centers are evaluated for comprehensive assessments, ongoing initiatives, representative unique patient assessments and corrective improvement processes, and must meet all four pillars for the preceding 12 months to earn accreditation. Providigm Founder & CEO Andrew M. Kramer, MD, is a pioneer in nursing home quality metrics.
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Mover’s Spotlight: Ann-Lynn Denker

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Ann-Lynn-Denker-120x150New Position: Chief clinical officer for Plaza Health Network.
From: Jackson Health System, where she most recently was director of the Center for Nursing Excellence.

Also: Denker serves on the Board of the Health Council of South Florida. She also is the director of the Florida Action Coalition (Future of Nursing) statewide grant sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Florida Blue. A former president of the Florida Nurses Association, Denker also served for five years on the Florida Board of Nursing and is immediate past chair. She is a longstanding member of the bioethics committee at Jackson Health System and currently teaches graduate students at the Barry University School of Nursing.

Education: Denker, an advanced register nurse practitioner, has B.S.N. and M.N. degrees from the University of Florida and received a Ph.D in nursing from the University of Miami.

Best advice she ever received: I have been most fortunate to have wonderful mentors who have provided valuable advice. The most far reaching advice has come from a nursing consultant colleague who convinced me of the importance of the practice of “Relationship Based Care.” This is a formalized culture for healthcare organizations where relationship with patient, families, colleagues, staff and ourselves are essential to quality patient care. It’s all about relationships, reflecting our core business of caring.

Miami Herald: “Frail, vulnerable seniors need workable solutions”

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The following op-ed was written by Plaza Health President and CEO Elaine Bloom.

With the White House Conference on Aging taking place this month, the imperative to address the needs of our growing senior population has never been clearer. This issue is particularly dramatic for those of us serving the elderly and frail in South Florida.

Three of the top 10 cities in the country with the highest percentage of people age 65 and over are in South Florida. From 2010 to 2040, Florida’s older population is expected to almost double.

It is urgent that the White House meeting come up with new ways to provide services for the growing elderly population. We will have to do more with less money to fund these needs. Tax deductions and other economic incentives will be essential.

City BizList: “Elaine Bloom Named CEO of Plaza Health Network”

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The Honorable Elaine Bloom, former Florida State Representative, has been named president and chief executive officer of Plaza Health Network, the largest not-for-profit network of rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers in Miami-Dade County.

“The Plaza Health Network Board of Directors is thrilled to welcome Ms. Bloom to the organization,” said board chairman Ronald Lowy. “She has long been a champion of the frail and elderly of our community in her roles as an elected public official, on local government boards and commissions, and in community organizations.”

Read the full story: Elaine Bloom Named CEO of Plaza Health Network

Weekly Pulse: “Plaza Health Network Centers top ranked by U.S. News & World Report”

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U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2015 recently awarded top ranking to Plaza Health Network for three of its Miami area rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers: Arch Plaza Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, South Pointe Plaza Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, and Jackson Plaza Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

The ranking was based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) five star quality rating system, with each of the three facilities receiving five stars from CMS.

Read the full story: “Plaza Health Network Centers top ranked by U.S. News & World Report”