WHV Recognized for Rehabilitation Best Practices

For Immediate Release:
August 29, 2014
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Mary Lou Blanton, Director of Marketing

Based on Wexner Heritage Village's long-standing record of success helping patients recover from a hospital stay and return home safely, key leaders from Wexner Rehabilitation have been invited to join a select group of their colleagues charged with improving care for short-term rehabilitation patients across central Ohio.
The Continuing Care Network is a unique and innovative initiative focused on elevating the quality of care and outcomes across the healthcare system. Members represent OhioHealth and skilled nursing facilities from across the region. Network members are held to a higher standard and commit to establishing practices and achieving specific goals related to improving the quality of care and patient experience.
“It is a real validation of the hard work we do and the excellent care we provide every day to be invited to be part of the OhioHealth Skilled Nursing Facility Continuing Care Network,” said Tom Widney, Executive Director of WHV’s Wexner Heritage House. “And we are honored to act as a role model for other facilities looking to improve their patient outcomes.”
To be selected for the Continuing Care Network, organizations must demonstrate a commitment to performing well above the industry average in several key areas, including:
  • Hospital readmission rates
  • Average length of stay
  • Nurse-to-patient ratios
  • Offering necessary therapies for skilled rehab patients 7 days a week
  • The percentage of patients who would “probably” or “definitely” recommend the facility to others
Representatives the region’s 16 most trusted and respected rehabilitation centers meet each month to discuss best practices in patient care and facility operations. In addition to Widney, Wexner Heritage House Director of Nursing Catie Mawer is part of the network.
“Being part of this group gives us access to some of the most creative and talented health care professionals in the area,” Widney said. “We are genuinely looking forward to sharing our ideas with them and hearing what they are doing to make rehabilitation services better, more efficient and more accessible.”
In addition, several key members of Wexner Heritage Village’s nursing and education team recently participated in an OhioHealth training program designed to give them the tools to elevate the superior care Wexner Rehabilitation patients already receive.
WHV Director of Education Bob Fish, RN, Wexner Rehabilitation Unit Director Katie Rooma, RN, and Trainer Tiffany Anders, RN, completed the two-day OhioHealth JumpStart “train-the-trainer” course.
JumpStart was launched last year by OhioHealth to ensure newly hired nurses have the most up-to-date skills and are proficient in the organization’s policies and procedures. It is focused on hands-on, experiential learning through various skills stations, simulations and debriefing sessions.
“We thought it was important to extend this opportunity to our skilled nursing facility partners because of the positive impact we have seen it have on patient outcomes in our own facilities,” OhioHealth Skilled Nursing Facility Network Coordinator Kelly Belcher said. “It fits in with the Continuing Care Network’s goal of sharing best practices among the area’s top facilities to give patients the highest possible quality of care throughout their entire experience in the healthcare system.”
“JumpStart uses real-life scenarios that we can tailor to represent our residents and patients,” WHV’s Fish said. “Instead of listening to a lecture, our newest nurses and aides can experience a situation, practice responding and get real-time feedback on what they could have done differently.”
Fish said the JumpStart program is consistent with WHV’s demonstrated commitment to employee excellence. In addition to completing the already stringent WHV employee training and orientation program, each new nurse and aide will spend about six hours focused on simulations covering a variety of topics, including wound management, congestive heart failure, stroke, falls, sepsis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
“We have already begun to see the positive results of incorporating JumpStart elements into our own staff training programs,” he said. “Our staff is learning to recognize and identify patients at risk sooner so that we can continue to improve on the already high quality care for which WHV is known.”

Wexner Heritage Village is Central Ohio’s oldest and most trusted source for senior healthcare and housing. With more than 60 years’ experience and a reputation for compassion and excellence, WHV’s comprehensive network of services ensures the health and safety of our community’s most vulnerable members. Our exceptional team is privileged to be a partner with the individuals, families and communities whose trust we see to earn each and every day.