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Signature HealthCARE (SHC) of North Florida has received accreditation for 2014 as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

The accreditation, presented by independent accreditor Providigm, LLC, demonstrates that the facility is continually assessing residents’ quality of life with regard to concerns such as pain, dignity, respect for resident choice, and quality of care problems such as whether there are enough staff to meet resident needs, weight loss, infections, rehabilitation following acute injury or illness, and prevention of readmissions to hospital.

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Meet our new administrator, DeAnne Yon Cutler.  A Jackson County native, DeAnne earned her bachelor’s degree in food science and human nutrition from the University of Florida.  She earned her Long Term Care Administration Certificate and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health administration from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.  DeAnne has worked in long term care for over 18 years.  Her goal is to operate a family-oriented facility that provides optimal care to residents.  Welcome to North Florida, DeAnne!

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Signature recently held its Hometown Film Festival, an annual event in which nursing home residents create original films to compete for funds to go on vacation. Scripts are largely written by nursing home residents, who also star in the films. In 2014, more than 25 films were submitting, including the one above by (facility name here).

We hope you enjoy!

SHC Hall of Fame

For those unable to attend a SHC Hall of Fame ceremony, we’re bringing the celebration to you with four sites that were selected to have their ceremonies broadcast live via our website.

On October 9, 2014, 99 Signature HealthCARE centers across the southeast and midwest will induct over 400 distinguished individuals into the Hall of Fame, in local ceremonies featuring celebrity speakers and presentations about the inductees lives and accomplishments.

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The Hall Of Fame is an innovative Quality of Life Program developed by Signature HealthCARE designed to honor the lives and accomplishments of our residents, stakeholders, volunteers, and others who have had such an impact on our centers, communities, and nation.

On October 9, 2014, 87 Signature HealthCARE centers across the southeast and midwest will induct over 350 distinguished individuals into the Hall of Fame, in local ceremonies featuring celebrity speakers and presentations about the inductees lives and accomplishments.

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We would like to welcome to our staff Aaron Varieur, our new PT, DPT.  A 2013 graduate of the University of Florida, Aaron began his career with Signature HealthCARE in February of 2014.  Welcome to the team, Aaron!

Following five months of hospitalization for multiple co-morbidities that resulted in acute respiratory distress, Wanda Bullig arrived at Signature HealthCARE of North Florida for physical rehabilitation.  She came to us with a medically complex history including respiratory failure, congestive heart failure, and complications from a mitral valve replacement, but was resolved not to let it hold her back!   She had been on a ventilator for five months and was unable to eat anything by mouth.  Initially found to have muscle weakness and an inability to walk or sit in a chair for even limited durations, Wanda was determined to overcome her many obstacles to successfully discharge home.

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Everyone dreams of a couple of days on the beach.  The sunshine, sand, waves, and laid back atmosphere create an environment of relaxation and peace.  Elders from five Florida Hometown homes spent two days on the beautiful beaches of Cape San Blas, Florida and they burst that environment of relaxation and peace wide open with the first Amazing Race Retreat.

Elders from The Bridge at Bay St Joe, Signature HealthCARE of North Florida, Signature HealthCARE of Courtyard, Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center came together at William Rish Park on Cape San Blas and played a two day game of Amazing Race. They created team flags with points awarded for time completed and bonus points for creativity, they built sandcastles for points, they had to hunt down puzzle pieces and put their puzzle together for timed points, and their last event was creating a platform only out of provided materials to transport their team mascot to the water’s edge and back. During the two day event, each team had their created flag and mascot to protect. If either the flag or their mascot were left unattended, another team could kidnap them for ransom points. The team whose flag or mascot was kidnapped had to draw a ransom note and pay the required points to the kidnapping team.

Everyone had so much fun completing the challenges and keeping an eye out for an unattended flag or mascot.  Mr. Willie from Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Mr. John from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center took this job seriously and scouted the lodge on a regular basis to snatch the first flag or mascot they could. They said they wanted the most ransom points for their team and everyone was on their toes with these eagle eyed guys around.

To make the event even more wonderful, some amazing volunteers came and provided meals for everyone.  Lunch the first day was a tasty cookout hosted by Gentiva Home Care and Emerald Coast Hospice. Tommy Portas grilled some great burgers and hot dogs while battling some heavy winds. However, the winds didn’t stop him from grilling and they didn’t stop everyone from eating the meal.  Marsha Dickey RN, SDC from The Bridge at Bay St Joe made homemade “cathead” biscuits and grilled some delicious pancakes for everyone for breakfast.  Then for their lunch on the second day Gina Ferland RN, the Administrator of NHC HomeCare, brought ham and turkey sub sandwiches with homemade cheesy broccoli soup. Gina also created some wonderful snack bags for everyone to take with them on their trip home. The thoughtfulness and friendliness of these kind individuals made this event even more enjoyable.

The award ceremony took place on the second day just before lunch. The winning team was from Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. They amassed a total of 32 points that included a five point ransom penalty Mr. Willie was able to extract from the team from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. The other awards that were presented that day were Most Spirited, which went to the team from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Most Competitive, which went to Signature HealthCARE of Courtyard, Most Resourceful, which went to The Bridge at Bay St Joe, and Best Teamwork, which was awarded to Signature HealthCARE of North Florida.

As the last day drew to a close and the buses were being loaded, elders from different homes were shaking hands, hugging necks, and asking when they could come back. It was Mr. John’s, from Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, first time to the beach. He said he loved it! Their smiles were big and their faces were aglow with excitement from all of the fun they had. Everyone waved goodbye as they pulled out of the parking lot, but I know many of them were thinking of different strategies for the next Amazing Race.

– Angela Conley, Regional Quality of Life Coordinator


Congratulations to Mrs. Nelda Hurst on completion of comprehensive Occupational and Physical Therapy! Mrs. Hurst’s hard work, dedication, and determination helped guide her completion of the program. She is pictured with one of her therapists, Danielle Prevatt, PTA. Congratulations and good luck in your return home!

This year, SHC of North Florida decided to host a Mardi Gras Ball – everyone really enjoyed themselves!

– Jessica Johnson, CTRS, QOL Director, Certified Eden Associate