Congratulations to Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Issaquah, Washington, winner of the inaugural OPTIMA Award for Excellence in Memory Care! Issaquah’s Director of Nursing Services Jenn Daley, RN, received the award during the Fall Memory Care Forum in San Diego.
Issaquah’s program, chosen as the winning entry by an external independent panel of judges, focuses on the reduction of antipsychotic medications given to those with cognitive decline. By restricting the approval process of such drugs, educating clinical staff in non-pharmacological ways to interrupt negative behaviors and working with hospital emergency department prescribers, Issaquah was able to reduce its use of antipsychotics by more than 30 percent in just two years.
Award presenters included Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief of I Advance Senior Care magazine and Jason Principe, National Account Executive for PointClickCare, who sponsored the award. Adding an award category for memory care best practices is reflective of the urgent industry need for better ways to deliver quality nursing for a surging population with cognitive decline, Principe said. "We hope this year's award will inspire others to reach higher, try harder and look for new ideas in delivering the best care we can for seniors with dementia."
The memory care award is part of the I Advance Senior Care OPTIMA Award program, now in its 21st year, which lauds innovative best practices and resident-centered programs that enhance the quality of life. Be sure to read the in-depth story on Issaquah’s antipsychotics reduction program in our Fall 2017 print edition in November.
2017 I Advance Senior Care OPTIMA Award winners are here! The independent judging panel studied this year’s record-breaking number of entries—more than in the past decade—and chose the 2 best. Entries came from 14 states and covered the gamut of healthcare initiatives. I Advance Senior Care Optima Award program, now in its 21st year, lauds innovative best practices and resident-centered programs that enhance the quality of life for Seniors. Read More
Congratulations to Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for winning the Silver Award for Outstanding Quality Care from the American Health Care Association. Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was one of 2 Washington facilities honored at AHCAS/NCAL 2016 convention.
Silver Achievement award winners have demonstrated a commitment to a rigorous journey of continuous improvement in the quality of care provided to residents. An extensive assessment of their systematic approaches, performance measures and sustainable organizational and process results was conducted to evaluate key customer requirements and success factors.
Since 1997 only 10 Skilled Nursing Facilities have won the Silver Award. We are proud of our team of dedicated professionals who care for our residents.
Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was selected as a winner of Qualis Health’s 2016 Washington Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality. Winners of this award have demonstrated leadership and innovation in improving healthcare practices, reflecting the very best in healthcare quality improvement. Read more about the prestigious award here.
Lori Martin, LPN, RAC-CT, won the 2015 Nurse Assessment Coordinator of the Year. Lori is the MDS coordinator for Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Issaquah, WA. A nurse assessment coordinator for the last 19 years, Lori is a leader in her facility, providing education to her fellow staff on changes to the MDS, Quality Assurance, and Quality Measure processes. She also provides routine training to front line-staff about the Medicare Skilled Guidelines and documentation. She is a strong advocate for her residents, making sure they receive the benefits of all therapy and nursing services they deserve so they may reach their highest practicable level of function. More about AANAC here.
The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) is a non-profit membership organization representing more than 14,000 long-term care nurses and healthcare professionals who provide quality care for nursing home residents across the nation. Since our founding in 1999, AANAC has earned the reputation as the premier resource and network for long-term care professionals involved in the RAI/MDS process.
Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Nursing Homes for 2015. Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center achieved a Five Star rating as measured by CMS (see Medicare.gov). Lisa Stubenrauch is the Administrator for the facility and John L. Sorensen is the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Commitment to performance excellence in long-term and post-acute care facilities honored by the National Quality Award Program.
Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has received accreditation as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities. The accreditation, presented by independent accreditor Providigm, LLC, demonstrates that the facility is continually assessing residents’ quality of life with regard to concerns such as pain, dignity, respect for resident choice, and quality of care problems including whether there are enough staff to meet resident needs, weight loss, infections, rehabilitation following acute injury or illness, and prevention of readmissions to hospital.