In 2019, Salude created a new award to recognize department leaders who demonstrate exceptional customer service, leadership in their functional area and significant contributions to the success of Salude. The award is given to one individual quarterly who exhibits excellence in Leadership and Management in the above areas. The four Department Heads recognized in 2019 were Q1: Sheila Smith, Director of Environmental Services; Q2: Karlene Cordwell, Director of Staff Development and Infection Prevention Officer; Q3: Vickie Finney, Human Resources Manager and Q4: Leah Swain, Business Development Director.
“Each of these quarterly award recipients have worked very hard to develop and grow their teams, and each has made unique and significant contributions to Salude’s success in 2019,” says Dee Desai, Executive Director.
In addition, the 2019 Manager of the Year award was recently presented to Vickie Finney, Human Resources Manager. Vickie joined Salude in 2016 as a Human Resources Coordinator. She quickly learned not only the requirements of her job, but she also demonstrated the ability to work beyond the duties of her position, often helping with special projects.
Vickie was promoted to Human Resources Manager in 2018. With this promotion, Vickie added recruitment and retention to her duties, eliminating the need for an outsourced recruitment and talent acquisition company, which Salude had used since opening in 2014. She also hired a Human Resources Assistant and took over payroll and labor management functions. 2019 presented additional challenges and opportunities related to Human Resources Management and needing to make decisions related to changes in health insurance and benefits for our employees. Vickie assisted the Executive Director and CEO in these transitions. She is also the internal IT expert and assists many employees with Power Point, Excel, phone, TV and other issues. Dee Desai, Executive Director, states Vickie is always willing to lend a hand and is a great resource for all of our employees.
Vickie began her career as a part-time administrative assistant in a hospital while working on her bachelor’s degree. She was then promoted to a full-time Executive Assistant where she learned how to communicate with executives, learned the corporate environment, and handled human resources functions that triggered her transition into the human resources field. Her first role in the human resources field was as an HR Specialist handling payroll, timesheets and HRIS tasks.
“My passion for Human Resources started from seeing areas that needed improvement in communication from front line staff and their leaders. Working alongside great co-workers that have a strong passion to make Salude great is very satisfying. My goal in HR is to hear all voices of the company and create a better flowing team and build upon a company's human capital. I believe a company is nothing without its team and employees,” Vickie said. She is currently working on a master's degree in Human Resources Management.
On a personal note, Vickie says she is a strong family person. She has been married for one year to her lovely husband whom she considers her motivator, cheerleader, and world. Together they nurture three dogs — a husky/lab, German shepherd/husky, and husky/Shiba. Vickie is full-blooded Puerto Rican and loves to teach others how to speak Spanish and do Salsa dancing. Vickie also likes to draw, play video games, and lay on the couch after days working at Salude.
Congratulations to Vickie on being recognized as the 2019 Salude Manager of the Year!
For the third 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.
Every year, Gwinnett Magazine readers and editors weigh in on the best of everything in Gwinnett, honoring businesses and organizations in more than 20 broad business and community sectors. Best of Gwinnett is the highest designation given to the businesses with the most votes in their category.
The process starts with a nomination at BestofGwinnett.com, and voting remains open for up to 10 months. Tens of thousands of votes are received throughout the year, and the process culminates with the publishing of the annual Best of Gwinnett issue.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for the third year in a row as a Best of Gwinnett winner, and we are appreciative of 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.
Salude was recently selected as one of the 2020 Best of Senior Living Award Winners on SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America and Canada.
The annual SeniorAdvisor.com Best of 2020 Awards recognize outstanding senior living and home care providers who have received consistently high ratings from residents and their families. This exclusive designation honors the top 2-3% of senior care providers in the United States and Canada.
Winning criteria included having a 4.5 star rating or above and 5 new reviews on SeniorAdvisor.com during the award period (November 17, 2018 to October 18, 2019) as well as providing one of the following: Assisted Living Community, Home Care Agency, Nursing Home/Rehab, Independent Living Community, CCRC, or Provide Memory Care.
“We are grateful that our patients and their families took the time to leave positive reviews and are pleased to be recognized by SeniorAdvisor.com. Our patients’ experience and clinical outcomes are most important to our mission, and we are honored to receive this distinction,” said Dr. Alan L. Wang, MD, SFHM, FACP, Salude’s CEO.
ATLANTA, GA (November 14, 2019) – Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated a program aimed to reduce patient readmission to acute care hospitals in the 30 days following discharge from a skilled nursing facility. Out of 15,000+ participating Medicare-certified skilled nursing facilities, Salude has been ranked #1 for performance for the second year in a row.
This Value-Based Purchasing Initiative demands that skilled nursing facilities meet certain performance benchmarks or face penalties. Salude’s ranking of #1 indicates exemplary performance in preventing patient readmissions to the hospital.
“Salude is proud to be ranked #1 in the country by CMS for a second time. Our innovative ‘transitionist’ clinical model is designed to provide the best services in a state-of-the-art environment, help keep patients out of the hospital and improve rehabilitative outcomes. We’re thankful for our community partners who have helped institute our patient-centered approach since our inception in 2014,” said Dr. Alan L. Wang, MD, SFHM, FACP, Salude’s CEO.
Salude has many partners that have worked together to develop the model, some of which are found at Salude and others who are partners in the community. At Salude, Aegis Therapies provides physical, occupational and speech therapies, and Transitional Care Physicians of America (TCPA) provides nurse practitioners and physician assistants to oversee clinical services and communicate directly with patients and their physicians.
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 that develops SIBR, provides Salude with everything needed to SIBR-train and SIBR-certify staff.
In addition, preferred home health companies on rotation at Salude, Accent Care’s Guardian Home Health and VNHS Home Health, follow patients after graduation from the rehabilitation and recovery program, ensuring that patients continue on their path of success in a home-based setting.
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (November 12, 2019) – The Gwinnett Chamber will honor leading individuals and organizations that make an impact in Gwinnett County and metro Atlanta’s healthcare industry with its Healthcare Awards on December 10. This program raises awareness and illustrates best practices to emulate while enhancing the quality of care.
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 be named a Healthcare Agency finalist for the Healthcare Awards and are fortunate to be a part of such an engaging sector. Being a part of this event is always exciting, and we’re grateful to be recognized,” said Dr. Alan L. Wang, MD, SFHM, FACP, Salude’s CEO.
Winners will be unveiled at a ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, December 10 at the Infinite Energy Forum. For more information, visit GwinnettHealthcareAwards.com.
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)
- Information Technology
- 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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.”
Alan L. Wang, MD, SFHM, FACP
Transitional Care, Cardiology Services and Rehabilitation, and Hospital Medicine1 hr 11 min
Dr. Wang of Salude, Dr. Kunjummen of Atlanta Heart Specialists, and Dr. Austin of Gwinnett Medical Center Hospital Medicine