Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes and this week it is in the form of a Washington D.C. vacation for 63 Elders and Stakeholders of Signature HealthCARE. The teams comprised of individuals from Kentucky, North Carolina, and Florida set off to learn more about our nation’s history by spending the week in Washington D.C.
News & Updates
Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County Receives National Recognition for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction
Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County is proud to announce that it has received accreditation for 2017 as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) activities.
Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County recently donated 2 electric beds as well as numerous CNA training supplies to the Cookeville High School Health Science Department. Accepting the much needed supplies were Clif Matlock, Principal at CHS; as well as Emily Morgan, Instructor at CHS for Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Livingston. On hand to make the donation was Lee Rooney, CEO of Signature. “This was a wonderful opportunity to help this great program at Cookeville High School. These are our future doctors and nurses, so they need the very best in equipment and supplies” stated Rooney.
Cookeville, Tn. – December 6, 2017 – Regional health care centers are teaming up to better prevent hospital readmissions. The new effort rises out of increasing instances of sepsis and hospital readmissions in local patients from health care centers. The collaboration is a partnership between CRMC, Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County, Signature HealthCARE of Fentress County, Signature HealthCARE of Pickett County, Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center, and the Upper Cumberland Transitions Coalition.
Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County recently celebrated the induction of 4 new members to their Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame Inductees:
Hometown hero Elia Johnson has served as a Certified Nursing Assistant for over 20 years. She is a compassionate caregiver at home and at work.
Navy veteran and retired police detective Thomas Williams is an accomplished artist and Tennessee native.
Pastor Ted Kocher serves the residents and community of Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County as a valued volunteer and volunteer recruitment liaison.
Army veteran Paul Fehr was an ardent lover of classic cars and a recipient of the U.S. Army Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Leadership.
How to create Putnam’s Purple People Eater:
A Whole New World
by Angie McAllister
Today we experienced a “whole new world” with our Elders. With an early start, we loaded the Big Bus New York and took off to One World Observatory. Walking through the World Trade Center grounds, one of the Elders was already overcome with emotions. She was remembering the history that marked the spot with sadness and realizing what that day in 2001 must have looked like for so many. We entered the One World Observatory and immediately were ushered into elevators. The elevators took us 102 floors up (1,776 feet) in only 42 seconds! The Elders were amazed at how everything was so lightening fast! Once off the elevators, we went into the theatre room and watched a short video about the city. After the video was over, the curtained raised and we saw a beautiful view of the city from above. One Elder just looked in complete awe and all she could say was, “wow” repeatedly! The facial expressions on the Elder’s faces as they made their way through the observatory and looked at the city below were amazing! They loved taking pictures and getting their picture made from above the city. Some even enjoyed looking up sites on the IPAD provided to learn more about each area they would be visiting this week and some they wouldn’t get the chance to. After a fun filled morning at the Observatory everyone headed back to Times Square for some free time.
This afternoon our entire group got dressed up and ready for a night on the town! We enjoyed dinner at Bucca Di Beppo’s before hitting Broadway! We couldn’t wait to watch Aladdin, The Musical! From the moment we stepped into the historic New Amsterdam theater, we were struck by the sheer beauty of it. So many productions had taken place right here and now we got to part of the history of it all as well! One of the Elders met a lady from Louisville, Kentucky who presented her with a gift because she felt a connection to her. They became friends! The production itself was mesmerizing. The Elder’s eyes were dancing with joy and happiness as they took it all in! Afterward they couldn’t wait to get a group picture outside the theatre as we were leaving.
From the heights of the One World Observatory to the thrills of Broadway, our Elders have indeed experienced a whole new world. One Elder summed it up perfectly tonight, ” I never thought I could do this but here I am! I am going to START thinking about me because I’ve always put others first. I want to travel more.” I love that while most of the world has written our Elders off as being “‘done with life”, they are in fact only just BEGINNING! It is indeed a “Whole New World”.
by Angie McAllister
The weather in New York City may have been chilly this morning, but it was no match for the excitement of our Elders. We couldn’t wait to board the Big Red Bus and tour the city! We had plans to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island today and nothing was going to slow us down! As the bus whizzed down the city streets of NYC, everyone marveled at all the city had to offer. They couldn’t believe we were passing by NBC Studios, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building to name a few.
Once we arrived in Battery Park, we could see Lady Liberty from the distance across the water. There she stood in all of her majesty. We couldn’t believe we were finally about to see her up close and personal. The Elders were all laughing as we boarded the Ferry. Everyone was buzzing with conversation about all of the things we had already seen and what was yet to come. After we were off the ferry at Liberty Island, we all started walking the path around to the Statue of Liberty. We couldn’t believe the size of her as we approached. Each person’s eyes filled with awe and wonder at how significant this moment really was. One of the Elders said, “It’s like we are living in a movie but this is real life!”
Over the past six years we have had the joy to be with over 2400 Elders and Stakeholders on Elder Vacations. We have loved watching them be explorers and enjoying their lives. However, today we realized it is so much more than a “trip” or a “vacation”. As I stood watching the Elders turn their heads to see the Statue of Liberty up close for the first time, I felt a few tears escape my eyes. As their gazes turned upward to revel in Lady Liberty’s beauty, I couldn’t help but turn my thoughts toward freedom.
Freedom is a powerful word. 7 years, 2400 people and a lot of freedom. Freedom for Elders to live their lives in a way that they had never dreamed up. To mark things off their bucket list. To say, “I did that”. Freedom for our Stakeholders to build beautiful relationships with our Elders. Freedom to give love, life and happiness to many people. Tonight an Elder told me I was her best friend. It doesn’t get much better than that.