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The Village at Waveny provides a therapeutic approach to caring for memory impaired seniors. The familiar, comforting environment of small town Main Street is a site for interaction among our Assisted Living residents, Adult Day Program participants, volunteers, staff, family and friends. The Village is located in New Canaan, Connecticut, where seniors from all areas are welcome. Find out more about everything we have to offer by calling Ginny Carroll at 203.594.5331 or visiting

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Managing a loved one’s care can be overwhelming, to say the least. When situations move quickly and require immediate decisions, professional Care Managers like Joan Merrill, BSN, RN, CMC, can bridge the gaps between seniors, families and the healthcare system to streamline complexities, coordinate care and respond to emergency events. “I know the system and how to cut through the red tape,” says Merrill. “I make it my business to know the right resources to enlist, professionals to engage, and direction to provide. It’s what I do.” A seasoned Geriatric Care Manager who works with private clients throughout Fairfield County, Merrill has provided this service for over a decade now through Waveny LifeCare Network, a non-profit continuum of eldercare based in New Canaan, Connecticut. She describes her style of Care Management as “multi-disciplinary by nature,” combining a thorough understanding of today’s ever-changing healthcare system with patient advocacy, counseling, social work and nursing savvy. “What I do is especially important when ‘The Unthinkables’ occur – those things you hope will never happen, but which too often do,” she says. “The Unthinkables” may include a sudden illness, a change in health or cognition, an unexpected hospitalization or a hospital release without any clear discharge plan in place. “These situations are almost always complicated, highly stressful and emotionally exhausting for everyone involved,” says Merrill. They’re also the right times to engage Care Management. In the midst of multiple clinicians, medications, legal and medical recommendations, differences in opinion and heightened emotions, she says a Geriatric Care Manager will take the lead in care coordination to make decisions easier for everyone involved. Especially, she says, in circumstances when the family is far removed from the older adult. “When you add in a factor of distance, things can really get disjointed or lost in translation,” says Merrill, who adds that the degree of confusion, potential for miscommunication, and likelihood of rehospitalization also become much greater. In these cases, having an objective professional present to advocate, oversee and coordinate is essential.

“In some respects I’m almost like a professional oldest daughter,” says Merrill with regard to her job’s dynamic. “Someone with a devout concern for the older adult, who always has their best interests at heart and a passion for achieving the right outcome.” As part of Waveny LifeCare Network, Merrill can provide her clients with a unique, additional benefit – immediate access to Waveny’s comprehensive network of renowned eldercare services, programs, and living options. “Whether it’s home care, rehabilitative services, outpatient, short- or long-term care, Waveny has it covered, and I can facilitate access.” “I have the strength of an entire network behind me,” says Merrill. “And that’s a pretty powerful thing.”


Overcoming “The Unthinkables” through Geriatric Care Management To learn more about Geriatric Care Management, please call 203.594.5396 or visit Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of care – now including Waveny Home Healthcare and Waveny at Home – to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, Geriatric Care Management, an Adult Day Program that offers flexible weekday hours and transportation, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs. For information call (203) 1-855WAVENY-1 or visit

Waveny LifeCare Network’s Community-Based Geriatric Care Manager, Joan Merrill, says “The Unthinkables” of aging aren’t improbable or even uncommon. And, when they do occur, engaging an experienced Care Manager can help to transform impossible situations into workable ones.

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Leadership can transform the tone of assisted living by Lois Alcosser

The influence of the executive director of an assisted living residence is crucial. It’s a job full of challenges. Being a “people person” is essential. Does he or she stop and talk with residents? Does he or she really care about each resident and realize that everyone is different, has had different experiences, different personal histories. It’s almost like being a mother/father/sister/brother to each resident. The Greens at Cannondale, in Wilton, CT, recently changed their executive director and the results are tangible. Andrew Krochko (known to everyone as Andy) has been in the people-caring business all his working life, three decades of experience, from recreation leader to administrator of Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, during which time he transformed this “nursing home” to a busy, outstanding shortterm rehab center as well as a notable, forward-thinking residence for all levels of dementia care. Mr. Krochko believes that knowing each resident, really knowing them, is essential. “The challenge is to recognize that residents of an assisted living facility are from all walks of life, different locations, different lifestyles. I find it fascinating to be in a distinctive community of older adults who each have their own ways of dealing with life. Each resident here becomes part of a new family. Each one deserves individual attention. What are their likes and dislikes? What makes them happy? Do they need lots of affectionate care or do they want independence and privacy? “That’s where the sensitivity of the staff comes in. Do they understand the emotional lives of each resident? True caring entails knowledge of the sources of anxiety and the sources of joy. I want this to be a goal for every member of The Greens staff, because the attitude and personalities of the staff makes the difference between feeling at home or feeling abandoned. It’s not a mystery. It requires the maintenance of an atmosphere which is open and inclusive. I plan to have staff meetings which are informal and inclusive, where discussions are welcome, without intimidation or hesitancy speaking up. I want the entire staff to realize that their observations are valuable in order to keep the quality of our care superior. “Speaking up, discussing problems, tackling them is the goal. Being concerned is a gift, because it means something can be done to fix things. The key word is TRUST. “

Mr. Krochko believes that this quality of openness should also extend to relationships with families. What families are most concerned about are: safety, the assurance of appropriate nursing intervention when necessary, and the availability of a variety of activities that are opportunities to learn, to participate, to make friends, whether it’s bingo or American history, bridge or gardening. “We’re aiming for more than the basics. The word is ‘connection.’ Whether it’s achieved through touch or conversation, it’s needed by everyone who lives or works here.” Mr. Krochko has been part observer/part detective, in order to see and hear what’s really happening. “ I think that those who serve meals should know when Mrs. Jones’ favorite dessert Is on the menu.

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it is? Or was the soup only lukewarm? Nothing in life is perfect, but unless there’s a free, open atmosphere, how will we ever know what could be made better?”

Kristen Johnson is The Greens Admissions Counselor. She is the first one to meet and greet the sons, daughters, husbands, wives who are looking for the right place to care for the special person who needs assisted living. “I listen to each family member and put myself in their shoes as best I can. I try to make families feel comfortable enough to be totally honest about the needs and special issues that may exist. I don’t consider myself a sales person. I’m a guide to finding the right sort of care for each future resident. “The Greens at Cannondale has an enviable reputation. We make residents and families happy. It’s as simple (and as complex) as that.” The Greens at Cannondale, 435 Danbury Rd. Wilton, CT 06897 203761-1191. Please see our website:

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Emergency Medical Associates (EMA), headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., is a physician-led medical practice that specializes in emergency, hospitalist and urgent care medicine. Dedicated to providing exceptional solutions for the measurable success of our hospital partners, EMA is recognized for clinical excellence, quality service and sustained improved patient satisfaction. For more information, visit, or

Victor Almeida, DO, FACEP, FACOEP, presented lectures on head and neck emergencies and test taking tips at the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians Board Review Course. Dr. Almeida has served as the course director for the intense review for the past seven years. Dr. Almeida is employed by Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) and is Chairman of Emergency Services at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, N.J., and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, Lakewood, N.J. The review course was held in Chicago on Jan. 15-19.

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Amato Lectures at ACOEP Board Review Course Christopher Amato, MD, FACEP, FAAP, lectured at the national emergency medicine board review course for the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session. The conference was held in Chicago on Jan. 15-19. Dr. Amato is the director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship and an attending pediatric emergency physician at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Morristown, N.J. He also is the medical director of pediatric advanced life support for Atlantic Health. Dr. Amato is employed by Emergency Medical Associates.

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15th Annual Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing – May 6, 2015 The Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA/SCC) will, for the 15th year, be hosting the New Haven region’s Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing. The event, which honors deserving nurses and recognizes outstanding nursing students, will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program was originally developed by the VNA/SCC to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. The goals of the program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level. Co-Hosts Gil Simmons, WTNH-8 Meteorologist, and Renee DiNino, Host: Community Access & Celebrity Access, Midday Host: The River 105.9 FM, Director of Community Affairs & Programming at iHeartMedia, Connecticut will emcee the awards ceremony.

This will be the sixth year that Simmons and DiNino will have co-hosted the event. “Gil and Renee are not only entertaining emcees, but also, enthusiastic advocates for the nursing profession and the Nightingale Awards program,” says Quinn, “we are very happy that they will again be lending their voices to this important event.” The 2015 Nightingale Awards gala is generously supported by Platinum sponsor Yale-New Haven Hospital as well as other current and past corporate and media sponsors, such as: Griffin Hospital, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Connecticut Hospital Association, VA CT Healthcare System, iHeartMedia, Connecticut, WTNH-8, Connecticut Nurses’ Association, and Hospital Newspaper.


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When shopping for apples, try to choose locally grown organic apples to avoid any pesticides that may be present. According to an analysis done by the Environmental Working Group, pesticides showed up on 98 percent of more than 700 apple samples tested, even after being washed. Apples are commonly sprayed with Syngenta Paraquat, a pesticide under scrutiny for a possible link Parkinson’s disease. Research suggests that three popular trends to help minimize the risk of Alzheimer’s are diet, physical health and fitness, and companionship. So what should you do? Invite your loved ones over for a fun night of cooking and have a friendly stroll around the neighborhood afterwards.

The Tapestry Program at Whitney Place weaves together each individual’s strengths, the involvement of families (and friends) and the wealth of experience of our caregiving team to create a supportive environment. Our therapeutic recreation programming incorporates the habilitative approach to caregiving by encouraging residents to play an active role in meeting their care needs. We focus on simplifying the environment, concentrating on each resident’s capabilities, creating opportunities for success, and helping care partners learn to speak the nonverbal language of the Alzheimer’s patient.

Anna Deavere Smith brings her one-woman show to Hartford Memories can be evoked by the sound of music, not just any music, but by the music held close to the heart. A revolutionary program, MUSIC & MEMORYSM, uses the power of music to help all aging adults and those living with Alzheimer’s disease, to unlock memories, reduce stress, and connect with personal interests and family members. Hebrew HealthCare’s annual fundraising event, Celebrate Life, will highlight the life changing power of MUSIC & MEMORYSM. Celebrate Life will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at The Bushnell, in Hartford. Proceeds from the evening benefit Hebrew HealthCare’s premier Dementia Care Services. The featured speaker, Anna Deavere Smith will present her one-woman show, Healthcare: The Human Story. Smith conducted thousands of hours of in-

terviews with patients, doctors, and administrators to expose the complexities of the American healthcare system. Smith will relive their experiences of stage in a powerful and surprising presentation. Her subjects’ hearts and humanity get the spotlight, as she transforms herself into several characters she has created. These living portraits of both legendary and everyday people illustrate and illuminate the real issues happening in healthcare today. Event tickets begin at $250. In addition to supporting a meaningful cause, tickets include Smith’s presentation, cocktails, a selection of fine cuisine, and a dessert reception with Anna Deavere Smith. For more information or to schedule an interview about Celebrate Life or MUSIC & MEMORYSM, please contact Madelene Francese at 860-523-3994 or via email at

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St. Patrick’s Day at Waveny LifeCare Network with Mulcahy family

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the Mulcahy family of New Canaan delighted Waveny LifeCare Network’s residents, patients and Adult Day Program participants with a demonstration of traditional Irish dances and shared a special part of their heritage on “Main Street� at The Village at Waveny. Photo (L): Lindsay and Kaitlyn Mulcahy perform an Irish dance. Photo (R): Denis Jr., Kaitlyn and mom Heidi show and assortment of dresses traditionally worn in Irish Dance Competitions.

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Hoffman SummerWood Community announces new executive chef SummerWood is pleased to announce Steve Shuman as their new executive chef and director of culinary services. SummerWood Executive Director Joan Carney says, “…it is a perfect match, and the timing is right. Steve’s talent and knowledge of kashrut teamed with his exceptional culinary skills is a win-win for SummerWood.” Mr. Shuman orchestrates a staff of sous chefs and associates who provide fine kosher dining on a daily basis to SummerWood residents. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY, provided Steve is well known in the greater Hartford area for his successful kosher catering business, Catering by Shuman. Mr. Shuman’s experience also includes lead culinary positions in area restaurants and supplying kosher take out selections for Bishops Corner Big Y. Hoffman SummerWood Community is a national award-winning senior living community located at 160 Simsbury Road in West Hartford and is an affiliate of Hebrew Health Care. For more information on SummerWood please call 860-523-3808 or visit their website at

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Jewish Senior Services’ Nursing Home named one of best in nation U.S. News & World Report named Jewish Senior Services’ nursing home, The Jewish Home, as one of the Best Nursing Homes in the Nation for 2015 in its March 5 issue. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there are 15,700 nursing homes in the United States with over 1.3 million residents. The Jewish Home is rated 5-stars (the highest) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the largest nursing home in Connecticut to be named to the list. “We are thrilled to again be recognized as one of the leading providers in the country. We strive to give the best possible care to our residents and are grateful to be part of a community here in Fairfield County that allows us to fulfill our mission. We are grateful to the hundreds of employees and our on-site doctors that make a difference every day,” remarks Andrew H. Banoff, President & CEO of Jewish Senior Services. “The size of the organization allows us to provide resources and activities that are difficult to maintain at smaller nursing homes. We have an active group

of volunteers and board members from the community who are incredible supporters of the organization. In addition, by offering so many different programs and services, including home care, hospice, and adult day, we really understand clients’ needs under varying health situations and family circumstances. We understand how difficult it can be at times,” adds Banoff. To create Best Nursing Homes 2015, U.S. News & World Report drew on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run CMS, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. The Jewish Home in Fairfield, providing skilled nursing and short term rehabilitation, is just one of the many senior care services offered by Jewish Senior Services. Other services include, home care, hospice, adult day, outpatient therapy, geriatric assessments, care management, Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, Institute on Aging, and Senior Choice at Home® long term care protection. Please call 203-365-6400 or visit for more information.

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Comprehensive Women’s Infusion Center opens at Saint Francis Donors pledge $150,000 to create women-only treatment area

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Pictured (L-R) at the ribbon cutting: Kim Caprio, M.D., Co-Director Hoffman Breast Health Center at the Comprehensive Women’s Health Center at Saint Francis; Jim Alamed, Store Manager, East Windsor Big Y; Jessica Hoffman, East Windsor Big Y; Youseff Horanieh, M.D.; Niamey Wilson, M.D., Co-Director Hoffman Breast Health Center at the Comprehensive Women’s Health Center at Saint Francis; JoAnn Horanieh; Bob Thoelen; John Rodis, M.D., COO & EVP at Saint Francis; John Laudati; Leatrice Edwards; Tony Giorgio; and Jan Laudati.

A new, women-only infusion center was officially opened recently at the Comprehensive Women’s Health Center at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The six-chair facility was made possible through more than $150,000 in donations to the Saint Francis Foundation by Traveler’s Championship, Big Y supermarkets, Chip In for a Cure and several private donors. The Comprehensive Women’s Infusion Center offers women undergoing cancer treatment at the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center the serene, spa-like setting of the Comprehensive Women’s Health Center. The new infusion center, located on the `rfirst floor of the CWHC in a fully renovated space, consists of two exam rooms for provider visits, six infusion bays, a nourishment station and patient education library. Patients will have the support of all services currently available in the Comprehensive Women’s Health Center including valet parking, integrative medicine, social worker support, and genetic counseling. For more information, visit

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One Step Closer: New $75M Senior Care building featuring Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and more Final steel beam placed during Jan. 22 topping-out ceremony Local seniors are one step closer to enjoying Connecticut’s first “household model” senior care building featuring assisted living, a skilled nursing home, hospice care, and a full range of senior care services – now that the final steel beam has been placed atop the new Jewish Senior Services building on the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg campus. The Jan. 22 topping-out ceremony, a construction tradition in which the highest and last piece of steel is hoisted atop the building’s frame, marked the structural completion for the new $75 million, 372,000 s/f building, set to open in spring 2016. The new campus is on the former site of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) at 4200 Park Avenue in Bridgeport. Perkins Eastman is the architect, and KBE Building Corporation is Construction Manager at Risk. “We are a little more than a year away from completion of a campus that will transform long-term care,” said Andrew H. Banoff, President and CEO of Jewish Senior Services. “Everyone is excited about the move to the new campus, but, of course, we continue to focus on continuously providing the absolute best care to our current and incoming residents.” Before being hoisted by crane into place, the final beam was taken to the current Jewish Home in Fairfield, the state’s largest 5-star nursing home, and signed by hundreds of residents, staff members, and construction team members. As part of the topping-out ceremony, the construction team also hoisted an American flag and a tree atop the building to symbolize pride and the building coming to life, respectively. CT’s First “Household Model” Senior Care Building The new Jewish Senior Services campus will have the first “Household Model” of senior care in the State of CT. Each of the households will have private bedrooms and bathrooms along with the following shared features: • den • dining room • living room • patio • kitchen Continuing Care Services for Seniors The new campus will continue to provide an array of existing senior services in addition to several new services made possible by the new building. • 46 assisted living units (1-bedroom and studios) • 18 skilled nursing households with 14 private bedrooms and bathrooms • 2 short-term rehabilitation households with 14 private bedrooms and bathrooms and indoor and courtyard therapy centers • adult day program • outpatient therapy • home care • hospice care • Institute on Aging • Center for Elder Abuse Prevention • Senior Choice at Home® Amenities for Local Families The following features of the new intergenerational campus will be available to families in the community: • 18,000 s/f fitness center • 25-yard, four-lane indoor swimming pool w/access ramp • child care center (infants through pre-school) • kosher bistro

• multi-purpose room • social, educational, recreational, and spiritual activities for all generations “This is an exciting milestone for us and for the entire community because it’s been quite some time since many families congregated at the Jewish Community Center,” said Banoff. “The thought of several generations coming together in a new building is exciting for all of us who grew up there and have great memories with friends and family.” About Jewish Senior Services Jewish Senior Services is one of the premiere providers of senior care in Connecticut, serving clients at its two Fairfield locations and in clients’ homes throughout Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Their 5-star skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation facility, The Jewish Home, has been serving the community for over 40 years with an unparalleled level of quality and personalized care. Other services provided include home care, hospice, day services, advocacy and education, and long-term care protection. Please call (203) 365-6400 or visit for more information.

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Michelle Lyons, Bridgeport City Council Member, signing the last steel beam for the new Jewish Senior Services campus, along with Andrea Gottschall and Karen Ferleger, Jewish Senior Services Board Member.


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Baby Boomers are changing the face of addiction in older adults Paula M. Morrissette, PsyD, LMHC, LADC-1, Senior Clinician, AdCare Hospital Prescription and illicit drug abuse among older adults is on the rise. Although alcohol remains the primary substance of choice in this age group, a growing number of older adults entering treatment report prescription medication, heroin and cocaine to be their preferred substances of abuse. The marked increase in drug abuse among older adults has been attributed largely to the aging baby boomers, many of whom are unique in terms of their exposure to and comfort with the use of illicit substances. Many of today’s older adults may have experimented with illicit substances in their adolescence and early adulthood. Many may have continued to use illicit substances, such as marijuana, throughout their lives. Because boomers tend to be comfortable with protest and rebellion, they may also be less likely as older adults to acquiesce to prohibitions against the use of substances, even when these warnings come from physicians or other authority figures. The trend of drug abuse among older adults is anticipated to escalate as the number of “baby boomers” who turn age 65 is expected to reach over 70,000,000 by 2030, according to recent U.S. census data. Increased Sensitivity Physiologically, older adults are more sensitive to substances and are therefore at greater risk for substance-related disease and injury. The misuse of prescription medications, particularly when combined with alcohol or other drugs, can contribute to increased falls, confusion, disorientation,

medical complications, and possible death. Moreover, the issues of retirement, loss of friends or loved ones, physical illness and decreased mobility further complicate quality of life for many older adults, and are common triggers for the escalation of problematic substance abuse. Identifying “Red Flags” for Substance Abuse The lack of careful screening often compromises the early identification and intervention of problematic substance use in older adults. It is not unusual for family members, physicians, and other healthcare providers to mistake signs of substance abuse such as changes in memory, concentration and attention, mood, appetite, sleep, energy, and interest levels for issues related to aging. Although these symptoms do not confirm at-risk substance use, they should be viewed as “red flags” signaling the need for a more direct assessment of substance use behaviors and monitoring of the home environment. Intervening Effectively Denial, feelings of shame, and embarrassment often contribute to the resistance and defensiveness exhibited by adults of any age when questioned about their level of substance use. It is important for family members, physicians, and treatment providers to not only develop the skills necessary to accurately identify problem behaviors but also to be able to effectively enhance the individual’s motivation to seek and accept help.

Heightened awareness and communication of concern and information among family members and providers is the most helpful intervention for older adults who are abusing substances. Another useful intervention is for older patients to obtain their care and all of their prescriptions through a single provider and pharmacy. Above all, it is imperative for concerned others and caregivers to actively search for the red flags of substance abuse in older adults and to recognize that treatment works and can greatly improve the quality of life in people of all ages.

AdCare Rhode Island earns accreditation from The Joint Commission AdCare Rhode Island, an alcohol and drug treatment center located in North Kingstown, earns accreditation from The Joint Commission (TJC), formerly known as The Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation (JCAHO), demonstrating continuous compliance with its national performance standards for healthcare quality and safety. TJC’s Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. AdCare Rhode Island underwent an unannounced on-site survey in December of 2014. During the rigorous review, a surveyor from The Joint Commission evaluated compliance with standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. On-site interviews were also conducted. “Accreditation by The Joint Commission provides healthcare organizations with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from staff development and education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission.

“We commend AdCare-Rhode Island for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.” AdCare Rhode Island’s accreditation is awarded for a three-year period. “Staff from across our organization will continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community,” said Jeffrey W. Hillis,

President of AdCare Hospital. For AdCare Rhode Island’s Quality Reports, visit, a website of The Joint Commission. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the

public by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. Conceived in 1975 as a ten bed alcoholism service in a general hospital, AdCare Hospital has grown to become New England’s most comprehensive provider of treatment services for persons affected by substance use disorders. With conveniently located

inpatient and outpatient facilities in Worcester, Boston, Quincy, North Dartmouth, West Springfield, MA and in Warwick and North Kingston, RI, AdCare offers nationally recognized treatment for individuals and families affected by substance use disorders. Contact: Mary Beth Papcsy, AdCare Media Relations (800) 345-3552, ext. 4058

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Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice receives $3 Million gift Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc. is the recipient of a generous gift from the trust of Martin Stanger formerly of Reading, Mass. Mr. Stanger, who died in 2013, left the gift, which is estimated to be over $3 million, in appreciation for the care Hallmark Health Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice provided to his wife at the time of her death. Staff of the Hallmark Health hospice allowed Mrs. Stanger to fulfill her wish of dying peacefully at home. They provided care and services for only a few days while she was at home, but the extent of their compassion and excellence was not forgotten. “We are deeply moved and honored to receive this gift,” said Diane Farraher -Smith, president of Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, and system vice president of Hallmark Health System. “The Stanger story is poignant and a reminder of the importance of compassion in health care. We were pleased to give the family the opportunity to make their wishes a reality and grant the family some peace and solace at the time of Mrs. Stanger’s passing. Every day our hospice nurses and team are entrusted and honored to care for and advocate for our patients. For Mrs. Stanger, her end-of-life wishes were met. This is what we do every day in our hospice program, caring for the patient and the family, and this is what makes the care special.” The gift, the largest ever received by the program, will be used to further the mission for the hospice services provided by Hallmark Health Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice. Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice has been a leader in the delivery of home health and hospice services to the residents of Malden and surrounding 23 cities and towns in north suburban Boston since 1899. The agency is fully certified, licensed and accredited. The diversity and size of Hallmark Health Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice enhances the ability to provide comprehensive and expert services based on individual needs. The knowledge of and involvement in the community has also allowed for successful advocacy for the needs of patients and families. Whether it is providing skilled nursing care to a premature infant, medical surgical care to a patient recently discharged from the hos-

pital, nursing teaching to a new diabetic, palliative care, or hospice care, the staff of Hallmark Health Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice never lose sight of the mission of enhancing the patient's quality of life. All of the programs are leaders in guiding and shaping the future of home care, preventative, and long term care. Each excels in providing comprehensive services that promote a healthy community, as well as individual dignity and independence. All strive to achieve the highest standards of individual and organizational excellence. The Hospice program at Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice strives to

maximize the physical, emotional and spiritual comfort of patients at home or if needed, in an extended care facility. The program utilizes an integrated team approach to care, which includes the patient’s primary care physician, patient and patient’s family as part of the team. The Hospice team is comprised of experienced and caring hospice nurses, social workers, specially trained home health aides, therapists, a board certified medical director, pharmacists, clergy and volunteers. To learn more about Hallmark Health Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, please visit or call 781-338-7800.


Left to Right: Eda George, PhD, board chair of Hallmark Health Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Diane Farraher-Smith, president of Hallmark Health Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Stephen Nicoloro, trustee of the M.C. Stanger Trust and Anna Bastian, the attorney representing Martin Stanger’s Estate and Trust.


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Boston Medical Center to play key role in back pain treatment study Saper, also associate professor of family medicine at Boston University School of Medicine who has led numerous clinical trials on nonpharmacologic interventions, such as yoga and physical therapy, to treat lower back pain in underserved patients. “Typically, prevention efforts have focused on common conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. This study is exciting because it will expand the prevention paradigm to include hard-to-treat expensive pain disorders.” This study will recruit 60 primarycare clinics – and 2,640 patients – affiliated with BMC, University of

Pittsburgh Medical Center, Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, and The Medical University of South Carolina. At each site, 12 primarycare clinics will be randomly assigned to one of two study arms: the usual care their physician would prescribe for lower back pain or primary care coupled with physical therapy and cognitive behavioral coaching. Patients will be targeted who score high on a standardized test that characterizes their response to pain and psychosocial variables that may cause them to have more difficulty improving.

For evaluations, the patients will be asked how well they perform activities that typically bother people with LBP, such as sitting, standing, walking, lifting, traveling and sleeping. In addition, the research team will measure the number of X-rays, MRIs, surgeries and other lower back-related medical procedures for all patients enrolled in the study. “BMC’s diverse patient population faces a disproportionate higher burden of chronic pain and extraordinary barriers to effective medical and nonpharmacologic treatments,” said Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH, a co-investigator for the study and assistant

director of integrative medicine and a family physician at BMC. “This study has the potential to make a substantial lasting impact on our patients’ quality of life.” The funding award for the national study has been approved pending completion of a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff and issuance of a formal award contract. PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidencebased information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.

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Boston Medical Center (BMC) researchers are part of a national clinical trial that will examine how best to treat acute low back pain and potentially prevent it from being chronic. BMC will receive $2.3 million for its role in the five-year study that was recently approved for a $14 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). BMC joins four academic medical centers that will recruit patients in order to determine the efficacy of an intervention aimed at treating peoples’ back pain early on in order to promote recovery and keep the pain from becoming a chronic health issue. Robert Saper, MD, MPH, director of integrative medicine and a family physician at BMC, will serve as coprincipal investigator for the study and will oversee all of the Bostonarea activities. The national, multisite study will be led by Antony Delitto, PhD, vice president of education and research for the Centers for Rehab Services, associate dean for research in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Physical Therapy professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Lower back pain accounts for about $86 billion in health care expenditures every year, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A major focus of the Affordable Care Act is mandating studies that will look for practical solutions to problems that matter to patients, such as back pain. Persistent low back pain (LBP), often referred to as “chronic low back pain,” can cause prolonged difficulty with most daily activities and can even prevent some people from being able to perform work-related duties, resulting in job loss. Most patients see primary care physicians (PCPs), physical therapists, or chiropractors for LBP. This study will look at the transition from acute LBP to chronic LBP and compare two treatments that can be delivered in an outpatient PCP setting. The first approach will allow PCPs to do what they think is best, termed “usual care.” The second will have PCPs team up with physical therapists to deliver – as early as possible – physical therapy with cognitive behavioral coaching, targeting patients who are at high risk for not improving. “This is the first study to determine whether prompt evidence-based physical therapy with a cognitive behavioral component can actually prevent chronic low back pain,” said

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare awarded three-year CARF Accreditation The only facility in Connecticut recognized by CARF for Spinal Cord System of Care and Stroke Specialty Program


Outside SAMSHA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services) Building January 22, 2015 in Rockville, M.D. are from left to right: Tom Coderre, Senior Advisor to the Administrator at the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with Holly Cekala, Executive Director Rhode Island Cares; Michelle Harter, Manager Anchor Recovery Community Centers; AdCare’s Susan Shaw, Community Services Representative with Lisa Clark, VP of Marketing & Business Development; and Tom Joyce, Associate Director of Recovery Support Services at Anchor Recovery. Contact: Mary Beth Papcsy, AdCare Media Relations (800) 345-3552, X4058.

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At The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s meeting on Treating Substance Use Disorders Today: Access, Recovery, and the Affordable Care Act, co-hosted by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, January 21, 2015 are from left to right: Sue Shaw, AdCare Community Services Representative for Rhode Island; Tom Coderre, Senior Advisor to the Administrator at SAMSHA, the Substance Abuse & Mental health Services Administration; Michelle Harter, Manager Anchor Recovery Community Centers; Holly Cekala, Executive Director Rhode Island Cares; and Maryanne Frangules, Executive Director of MOAR, Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery.

CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) International is pleased to announce that Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has been accredited for a period of three years for its Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehab Program, Spinal Cord System of Care and Stroke Specialty Programs. Gaylord Hospital has been accredited since 1986 under the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehab Program (CIIRP) and for many years has received accolades from CARF for the specialty work done for its Spinal Cord, Stroke and Brain injury patients. This recognition represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. “It is truly an honor to be the only provider in the state to earn this accreditation for our stroke and spinal injury care program,” said George Kyriacou, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “This recognition is a testament to our advanced technology and

hardworking staff that continuously proves that Gaylord is the region’s leading rehabilitation provider.” CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with medically complex and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford and North Haven. For latest news or more information please go to their website at


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By Alison Lazzaro, RN

Hospital Newspaper Correspondent

Autonomy and Advancement for Nurses through Anesthesia Start counting backwards from ten. 10, 9, 8... and suddenly a calm coma washes over the patient. Next, the face mask filling the patient with the precisely calculated amount of anesthesia is replaced with a carefully inserted breathing tube. Both peripheral and central line access may be obtained. The orchestration of monitoring and safely anesthetizing the patient is an autonomous and challenging job. This unique role is now being performed by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA). CRNAs are advanced practice nurses who prepare patients for anesthesia, administer and titrate the sedation, oversee pain management, and manage the patient's recovery from anesthesia post-operatively. Working in fields such as open heart surgery, pain management, and labor and delivery, CRNAs are a valuable part of the health care team and collaborate with surgeons, anesthesiologists and dentists. Aside from the perks of increased autonomy, career advancement, and a stimulating work environment, the average salary is not so bad either. With high responsibility comes high compensation with average salaries reported around $100,000 (depending on location and experience). CRNAs are some of the highest paid advanced practice nursing professionals. What does it take to become a CRNA? Nurses must begin with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and graduate schools look for a minimum of one to two years of critical care experience as a registered nurse. According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, there are currently 114 accredited programs in the United States. Admissions counselors look for competitive applicants with experience in ICU or large ER settings and strong leadership qualifications. Degree programs range from a full time curriculum over 24-36 months and clinical training occurs at over 2,500 sites including large universitybased hospitals. Following graduation, nurses must pass the National Certification Examination and maintain clinical competencies. In 1986, Congress passed legislation making nurse anesthetists the first nursing specialty to be directly reimbursed under the Medicare program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes a growing job market needed for CRNAs around the country. Incorporating critical thinking skills, independence and increased responsibility, this specialized role in nursing could be just the advanced degree you are looking for.

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education & careers UCONN HuskyTHON raises *RECORD SMASHING* $560,105 for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center pediatric specialties in the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, Connecticut Children’s is the only free-standing children’s hospital in Connecticut that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. Our pediatric services are available at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford and at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Water-

bury, with neonatal intensive care units at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center, along with five specialty care centers and 10 other locations across the state. Connecticut Children’s has a medical staff of nearly 1,100 practicing in more than 30 specialties. For more information, visit

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Hundreds of UConn students pulled an all-nighter this past weekend but they weren’t studying for their upcoming midterms. Instead, they spent 18-hours on their feet dancing to raise money for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as a part of HuskyTHON. This year’s dance marathon began Saturday at 5 p.m. and lasted until noon Sunday at the Hugh S. Greer Field House on the UConn campus. After fundraising for the past year, students have been waiting for the dance marathon and culmination of all their hard work. During the marathon, students met and interacted with more than 40 patients and families from Connecticut Children’s, who attended the event in support of the participants. One of the best parts of the event though was the grand reveal! Participants gathered around the stage to see the figure they all danced for: $560,104.55; It smashed this year’s goal of $500,000 and last year’s amount of $457,581.04. All the funds raised through HuskyTHON registration fees, pledges and sponsorships help support life-saving programs at Connecticut Children’s through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

HuskyTHON was started in 2000 by the UConn Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and it has become a premiere philanthropic event at the school. More than $1,800,000 has been raised from HuskyTHON since its inception. For more information, please visit

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children’s hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Named among the best in the nation for several of its

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