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Salude Designated as a Finalist in Gwinnett Chamber IMPACT Regional Business Awards
April 09, 2019

Salude Designated as a Finalist in Gwinnett Chamber IMPACT Regional Business Awards

METRO ATLANTA, GA (April 9, 2019) – Recognized as a leading organization, Salude has been designated as a finalist for the IMPACT Regional Business Awards in the healthcare sector.

Hosted by Gwinnett Chamber, the program pays tribute to premier organizations in top industries that are driving economic development and job creation, while enhancing our quality of life.

“We are thrilled to be recognized once again by the Gwinnett Chamber as a finalist in the healthcare sector and are proud to be a representative of the Gwinnett community,” said Dee Desai, MBA, MHA, LNHA, Salude’s Executive Director.

Recipients will be selected from the following sectors:

  • AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction)
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • International
  • Nonprofit
  • Service
  • Small Business

An overall IMPACT Regional Business Awards recipient will be selected from one of the above category winners.

“Now in its fifth year, the program has provided exposure to more than 1,500 best-in-class businesses. Bringing together leaders across these important industries is another example of how Gwinnett Chamber can fulfill its mission to serve as a community forum,” said Dr. Dan Kaufman, president & CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber.

The awards ceremony will be held from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, May 8, at the Infinite Energy Forum. For more information, visit ImpactBusinessAwards.com.

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Salude is a Best of Gwinnett® Winner Two Years in a Row
March 11, 2019

Salude is a Best of Gwinnett® Winner Two Years in a Row

GWINNETT COUNTY, GEORGIA (March 11, 2019) – The votes have been counted and the results are in! For the second year in a row, Salude, the Art of Recovery, has been named a Best of Gwinnett® winner for Transitional Care and Rehab Facilities in Gwinnett Magazine’s annual readers’ poll.

Each year, Gwinnett Magazine readers and editors weigh in on the best of everything in Gwinnett, honoring thousands of businesses and organizations in more than 25 broad business and community sectors. “It’s everything you love about Gwinnett.”

The process starts with a nomination at BestofGwinnett.com. Voting remains open throughout the year, with tens of thousands of votes ultimately received. The process culminates with the publishing of the annual Best of Gwinnett issue in March. See a complete list of winners here.

“We are grateful to be recognized for the second year in a row as a Best of Gwinnett winner. Thank you to our patients, their families and our community partners for taking the time to vote,” said Dr. Alan L. Wang, MD, SFHM, FACP, Salude’s CEO.

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KURT FFRENCH NAMED 2018 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
March 05, 2019

KURT FFRENCH NAMED 2018 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Salude employees chose Kurt Ffrench, LPN, as Employee of the Year for 2018! Kurt was one of 11 employees who were nominated for Employee of the Year and received his plaque as well as a monetary gift at an All-Staff Meeting held in his honor.

Kurt was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in Miami, Florida. He was raised by his two loving parents who taught him the value of hard work. In college, he had aspirations of becoming a special education teacher and working with at-risk kids. He didn’t consider a career in nursing until his mother-in-law had a conversation with him about trying nursing school given his calm temperament and willingness to help others. After discussing with his wife Keisha, Kurt decided to attend nursing school.

Kurt’s 11-year career has allowed him to experience several different aspects of nursing, from bedside care to supervision to home health and currently post acute care. Kurt says that being a nurse gives him a great sense of purpose, and he feels it has allowed him to further his strengths of compassion for others, managing crisis situations and being a team player.

Dee Desai, Executive Director, says, “Kurt is an extraordinary nursing department employee who really goes above and beyond to help our patients and families receive the best possible care. He is professional, compassionate, loving and understanding and very skilled in his work. He is never too busy to help anyone and takes the time to listen and follow up. Kurt is a positive role model for all Salude employees.”

Congratulations Kurt and thanks for all you do!

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Salude Repeats as a U.S. News & World Report Rated Best Skilled Nursing Facility for 2018-2019
February 05, 2019

Salude Repeats as a U.S. News & World Report Rated Best Skilled Nursing Facility for 2018-2019

Salude has repeated from 2017-2018 to 2018-2019 as a U.S. News & World Report Best Skilled Nursing Facility in the United States. This is the top honor for post-acute care given by the respected news and reference source.

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in health care rankings, identified the Best Skilled Nursing Facilities for 2018-19 and released its updated Nursing Home Finder. U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 facilities nationwide, in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. Of the 359 skilled nursing facilities listed in Georgia, only 17 received U.S. News’s top honor as Best Skilled Nursing Facility in the United States.

"We are proud and honored to be recognized by U.S. News as one of the Best Skilled Nursing Facilities in Georgia and the United States. While our patients’ experience and clinical outcomes are most important to our mission, we are certainly ecstatic to be recognized with this top honor,” said Dr. Alan L. Wang, MD, SFHM, FACP, Salude’s CEO. Dr. Wang added, “The Best Nursing Home ratings are designed to help potential residents and their families navigate this important decision.”

Now in its ninth year, the U.S. News Nursing Home Finder offers comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for almost all nursing homes in the country. With this tool, individuals can easily conduct a customized search for a highly rated skilled nursing facility by location, Medicare coverage, and size. The Nursing Home Finder reflects U.S. News’s analysis of data collected and published by the federal government using a methodology defined by U.S. News.

For the 2018-19 ratings, U.S. News introduced a new and first-of-its-kind Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating. This new rating aims to provide patients with a clearer view of the quality of care provided by nursing homes to short-stay patients in need of intensive rehabilitation or nursing services before they return home after a surgery, stroke, accident or illness. Salude was only one of several facilities in the state of Georgia to also earn this High-Performing rating in Short-Stay Rehabilitation.

Significant updates for the 2018-19 Best Nursing Home Overall Rating include:

  • U.S. News changed its overall rating methodology to put more emphasis on staffing quality.
  • U.S. News used staffing data only from April 2018 onward.
  • U.S. News applied additional rating indicators of care that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) doesn’t use in its own ratings — such as whether the amount of rehabilitation therapy provided was determined by reimbursement or by patient-centered needs.

“Every year we strive to improve upon the information we offer to caregivers making critical health care decisions for their loved ones,” says Ben Harder, Chief of Health Analysis at U.S. News. “We understand that nurse staffing is among the most important predictors of nursing home quality. With our new methodology and Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating, we have taken several steps to ensure that nursing homes that consistently provide high-quality care to residents are highlighted.”

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Salude Ranked #1 by CMS’ New Value-Based Purchasing Quality Initiative
December 13, 2018

Salude Ranked #1 by CMS’ New Value-Based Purchasing Quality Initiative

ATLANTA, GA (December 14, 2018) – In October this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated a new program aimed to reduce patient readmission to acute care hospitals in the 30 days following discharge from a skilled nursing facility. It was announced in November that out of over 15,000 participating Medicare-certified skilled nursing facilities, Salude was ranked #1 in performance.

The Value-Based Purchasing initiative will demand that skilled nursing facilities meet certain performance benchmarks or face penalties. Nearly 73% of skilled nursing facilities can expect to see a reduction in Medicare reimbursement based on the data collected by CMS. However, Salude’s ranking of #1 indicates exemplary performance in preventing patient readmissions to the hospital in a 2015 to 2017 data comparison, as well as a potential to remain high-performing this fiscal year.

"Salude is ecstatic to be ranked #1 in the country by CMS regarding readmissions to the hospital,” says Salude CEO, Dr. Alan Wang, MD, SFHM, FACP. “Salude’s 64-bed innovative ‘transitionist’ clinical model is designed to provide the best physician, nursing, and therapy services in a state-of-the-art environment, which further perpetuates each patient’s potential for success upon discharge,” Dr. Wang continues.

Executive Director, Dee Desai, MBA/MHA, LNHA, wishes to “thank our community partners who have helped institute our groundbreaking patient-centered care approach since Salude’s inception in 2014.”

Salude has many partners that have worked together to develop the model, some of which can be found inside Salude’s walls and others who partner in the community. Inside Salude, Aegis Therapies provides physical, occupational, and speech therapies in a state-of-the-art gym surrounded by glass walls with a direct view of nature. The surroundings are just as therapeutic as the intensive 7 days a week rehabilitation program.

Transitional Care Physicians of America (TCPA) provides nurse practitioners and physician assistants to oversee clinical services and communicate directly with patients and their physicians. Chief Medical Officer of TCPA, Dr. Amar Mohan, says, “The work Salude is doing in our community is not only valuable; it is necessary. Kudos to Salude on this extraordinary achievement. We are proud to be part of this innovative model.”

At the heart of Salude’s patient-centered care is Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR), which brings an expertly-trained care team to the patient and family to advance progress and answer questions together. 1Unit, the clinician-led healthcare company which develops SIBR, provides Salude with everything needed to SIBR-train and SIBR-certify staff. Dr. Jason Stein, CEO and founder of 1Unit, says he is “proud of the interdisciplinary collaboration” he has witnessed at Salude, and “the patient outcomes reflect a unity and unique skill set among staff to provide the best care for each patient.”

Accent Care’s Guardian Home Health and Amedisys Home Health, which follow patients after graduation from the rehabilitation and recovery program, ensure that patients continue on their path of success in a home-based setting.

Dr. Greg Sheff, Accent Care Chief Medical Officer, says, “It is an honor to partner with Salude and to collaborate on a ‘transitionist’ home health model to keep our patients out of the hospital and improve rehabilitative outcomes.”

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December 05, 2018

Guardian Home Health Releases White Paper on “Transitionist” Home Health Collaborative Model

ATLANTA, GA (December 6, 2018) – Salude, a preeminent transitional care and physical recovery facility in Atlanta, Georgia, implemented a transitionist clinical model with Guardian Home Health, an AccentCare, Inc. company, enabling over 96% of Salude patients to successfully complete recovery at home. This collaborative care model combines extension of Salude’s line of sight into the home with Guardian Home Health’s 4.5-star quality rating to improve rehabilitative outcomes and lower both re-hospitalization and emergency department utilization rates.

“Salude’s focus has always been on patient outcomes as well as patient experience, part of which is influenced by shorter lengths of stay in a first-of-a kind facility,” said Dr. Alan L. Wang, MD, SFHM, FACP and CEO. “The transitionist model work with Guardian Home Health has helped optimize both measures while enabling a safe and early discharge to the home setting without compromising on results.”  

The transitionist model addresses common challenges for health care systems regarding post-acute care. Lack of coordination at, and following, patient discharge, often results in incomplete transfer of information, medication discrepancies, and patients and families who are unprepared for patient care at home. The Transitionist Home Health Collaborative Model creates a seamless integrated care continuum with active connection to Salude, primary care, and other facility-based care resources.

“The transitionist model has proven success in patient rehabilitation measures as well as overall satisfaction with the recovery experience,” said Dr. Greg Sheff, AccentCare Chief Medical Officer. “Seamless integration with Salude enables care delivery results that exceed industry performance.”

Elements critical to the model’s success include careful preparation and well-orchestrated care at home. Guardian Home Health begins patient transition with an on-site home health clinical liaison, thorough preparation of the home environment, and home care admission within 24 hours of discharge. Once on service for home health, multi-disciplinary patient visits are made over a 60-day period. Given that the first two weeks after discharge are often the most critical to optimal recovery, visit-rate intensity is skewed to the beginning of the care episode. All patients, including those considered to be at higher risk, are carefully monitored.

About Guardian Home Health

Guardian Home Health is owned by AccentCare, Inc., a nationwide leader in post-acute healthcare as well as specialized care management prior to acute episodes. Its wide variety of innovative services ranges from personal, non-medical care to skilled nursing, rehabilitation, hospice, and care management. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, AccentCare has over 23,000 compassionate professionals in more than 190 locations, with regional brands including AccentCare, Accolade, Doctors’ Choice, Guardian Home Health & Hospice, Nurses Unlimited, Sta-Home, and Texas Home Health.

In addition, the company has over 30 strategic partnerships with insurance companies, physician groups and major health systems, including joint ventures with Asante, Baylor Scott & White Health, UC San Diego Health and UCLA Health.

AccentCare leads the industry in avoidance of unplanned re-hospitalizations, faster starts of care and quality performance. Many of its home health agencies have earned the HomeCare Elite distinction, and all legacy hospice locations are CHAP accredited, with designations from the We Honor Veterans program.

About Salude

Salude is a transitional care and physical recovery facility supporting recoveries from surgeries, trauma, acute exacerbations of chronic illness, infections, and other acute medical issues. Opened in July 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, the facility was designed and built with a focus on addressing every facet of a holistic and exceptional patient experience including clinical excellence as well as top-of-the-line hospitality.

Salude takes a team-based patient- and family-centered approach, offering upscale cuisine that nourishes the body and promotes healing, superb rehabilitation services with state-of-the-art equipment, and individualized privacy to nurture the recovery process. In a serene setting with stunning views and 64 all-private suites with over 330 square feet of space, chef-prepared cuisine, complimentary WiFi, and on-site concierge services, Salude is one-of-a-kind.

Additionally, Salude’s rehabilitation programs are supported by such appointments as an Aegis Therapies® in a 3,000 square foot state-of-the-art gym open seven days a week and an AlixaRx™ automated dispensing unit for medications.

Salude has a full-time Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director as well as three primary care groups, an infectious disease physician, a physiatrist (rehabilitation physician) and a wound care nurse on staff. Nurse practitioners are available seven days a week and community nurse practitioners are available for home visits after discharge.

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Jennifer Wilson Named Finalist in Gwinnett Chamber Healthcare Awards
November 19, 2018

Jennifer Wilson Named Finalist in Gwinnett Chamber Healthcare Awards

The Gwinnett Chamber is pleased to honor leading individuals and organizations that make an impact with its 6th annual Healthcare Awards on December 5. This program raises awareness and illustrates best practices to emulate while enhancing the quality of care.

“Our community is at the forefront of innovation in the healthcare sector,” said Gwinnett Chamber President & CEO, Dr. Dan Kaufman. “These readily available advanced options are not only beneficial for residents, but they also enhance our economic development efforts, making the area attractive for investment.”

Awards are designated in the following categories: Allied Health, Altruistic Contributor, Community Wellness, Corporate Innovation, Distinguished Leader, Emerging Executive, Healthcare Agency, Healthcare Professional, Lasting Legacy, Physician of the Year (Dentist, Primary Care and Specialist) and Volunteer Service.

“We are thrilled to have Jennifer Wilson represent Salude at the Healthcare Awards this year. We are proud of what she has accomplished and wish to celebrate her success,” says Dee Desai, Salude’s Executive Director.

Winners will be unveiled at a ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, December 5, at the Infinite Energy Forum. For more information, visit GwinnettHealthcareAwards.com.

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Gwinnett Chamber to Honor Leading Healthcare Individuals and Organizations
September 12, 2018

Gwinnett Chamber to Honor Leading Healthcare Individuals and Organizations

The Gwinnett Chamber is pleased to honor leading individuals and organizations that make an impact with its 6th annual Healthcare Awards on December 5. This program raises awareness and illustrates best practices to emulate, while enhancing the quality of care.

“Our community is at the forefront of innovation in the healthcare sector,” said Gwinnett Chamber President & CEO Dr. Dan Kaufman. “These readily available advanced options are not only beneficial for residents, but they also enhance our economic development efforts, making the area attractive for investment.”

Awards are designated in the following categories: Allied Health, Altruistic Contributor, Community Wellness, Corporate Innovation, Distinguished Leader, Emerging Executive, Healthcare Agency, Healthcare Professional, Lasting Legacy, Physician of the Year (Dentist, Primary Care and Specialist) and Volunteer Service.

“We are thrilled that we have been nominated by colleagues and the community. We are fortunate to be a part of such an engaging sector and are excited to be a part of the event,” said Dee Desai, Executive Director at Salude.

Mike Moss and Clarice Ezeanya are also finalists for the Healthcare Professional Award, and Jennifer Wilson is a finalist for the Allied Health Professional Award. Winners will be unveiled at a ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, December 5 at the Infinite Energy Forum. For more information, visit GwinnettHealthcareAwards.com.

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CMS Names Salude Five-Star Facility
July 17, 2018

CMS Names Salude Five-Star Facility

Recognized as a leading skilled nursing facility, Salude has been named a Five-Star Facility by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Five-Star Quality Rating System. This is the second contiguous year that Salude has been recognized as a Five-Star Facility by CMS.

Facilities are rated according to several measures, including health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. Combined, these individual ratings give each facility an overall score of 1 to 5 stars. A rating of 5 stars means a facility scored much above average. This information is used to help patients and families choose the most appropriate facility for them.

“We are proud of what we have accomplished and strive to continue providing the best patient experience,” says Dee Desai, Executive Director.

To learn more about how Salude earned its rating, please check out this site.

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Lelia Jackson Named 2017 Employee of the Year
June 20, 2018

Lelia Jackson Named 2017 Employee of the Year

Congratulations to Lelia Jackson, LPN, our 2017 Employee of the Year! Dee Desai, Executive Director, and Madelyn Terry, Director of Nursing, presented Lelia with a plaque, monetary award, and a recognition ceremony to honor her achievement. 

Lelia has been a licensed practical nurse (LPN)  since 2010 and previously worked as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) for one year. Before moving to Georgia, Lelia worked in long-term care facilities in New York and Florida. Lelia states she loves working with older adults and plans to continue her education to pursue her registered nurse (RN) license. Lelia spends most of her free time with her children. She also enjoys cooking and reading. 

Dee Desai says "Lelia is a talented nurse who really enjoys her profession. She is compassionate and has demonstrated leadership skills in guiding our night shift. The employees on night shift love Lelia because she is very helpful, hard working and knowledgeable, and they know they can count on her when they need help."

We look forward to seeing Lelia grow and take on new and challenging roles at Salude in the future. Congratulations again, Lelia!

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