Allied Services Home Health has once again earned HomeCare Elite™ Top 500 status, placing them among the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. The HomeCare Elite™ is a compilation that identifies the top 25 percent of agencies based on an analysis of performance measures. This year those measures include quality of care, quality improvement, patient experience and financial performance. This is the sixth consecutive year that Allied Services Home Health has received this award, and the first time they achieved top 500 status.
Allied Services Home Health serves patients in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming County, bringing medical care to patients in their own homes. The service combines Allied’s 30 years of nursing and rehabilitation experience to provide skilled nursing, rehab medicine including physical, occupational and speech therapy along with medical social services and home health aides. Allied Services Home Health is licensed and surveyed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Joint Commission.
The 2013 HomeCare Elite™ is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health profession. The 2013 HomeCare Elite™ is brought to the industry by OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of home care information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the home care industry’s most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line. The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information.
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Department of Health Recognizes Two Northeast Hospitals for
Delivering Quality Care to Pennsylvanians
Harrisburg – Secretary of Health Michael Wolf today presented two facilities operated by Allied Services Integrated Health System with the state’s award for “Excellence in Health Care Compliance,” an award recognizing the efforts of delivering consistent quality care to the citizens of the commonwealth.
Allied Services Institute of Rehabilitation and the John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation were two of seven selected for the award out of 220 healthcare facilities in the state and the only two in the northeast region of the state. Awardees were honored by the department during National Healthcare Quality Week.
“Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania initiative focuses on ensuring affordable, quality health care for all Pennsylvanians, and it’s important that we recognize those facilities that are excelling at these goals,” said Wolf. “This award signifies the positive contributions and hard work of those who deliver top-notch care every day to the families and communities they serve. It is a remarkable achievement for a health system to have one facility, let alone two, receive this award.”
The Department of Health licenses and oversees hospitals statewide, including acute care hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, children’s hospitals and psychiatric hospitals. In addition, the department conducts about 2,000 inspections annually, including licensure and certification surveys, follow-up surveys and complaint investigations.
Facilities receiving the award were required to have no health citations during the last state licensure survey and no major life safety code deficiencies on the last building inspection. All department-licensed hospitals were eligible for the awards and did not need to apply to be considered.
“We’re honored that our rehabilitation hospitals have been recognized as part of this very select group of award-winners. These awards reflect the hard work and expertise of our clinicians, caregivers and support staff,” said President and Chief Executive Officer of Allied Services Integrated Health System Bill Conaboy.
During the event, Wolf highlighted Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania plan, which aims to increase access to affordable, quality health care for all Pennsylvanians.
“Hospitals receiving this award are already supporting the Governor’s plan and doing their part by providing the best care possible to their patients,” added Wolf.
To view hospital surveys from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, visit www.health.state.pa.us and select “Hospitals” under the “Facilities, Providers and Managed Care Plans” tab.
Heinz Senior Rehab Care, Wilkes-Barre Township, has earned its second consecutive Five-Star rating from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare program. Compare provides consumers with a searchable database that ranks nursing facilities on a scale of one to five stars based on three factors: State health inspections, staffing and quality measures.
Only two other Luzerne County facilities have the Five-Star (highest) rating. The “Compare” database includes any nursing home that accepts Medicare or Medicaid. Ratings are updated monthly.
Executive Director Ken Steenback said the new ranking reflects an ongoing, concerted effort by all members of the Heinz transitional care team. He noted that, for a relatively small unit like Heinz Senior Rehab (21 beds), averages can fluctuate based on a single positive or negative observation. “Our focus isn’t on ratings, but on doing the best for every patient, every single day.”
For more information on the Senior Care Unit, call 570-826-3826.
Next week, 67 new and returning students will start classes at dePaul School for Children with Dyslexia. The number represents a 30% jump in enrollment over the past two years. According to Principal Suzanne Rickard, more families and local schools are turning to dePaul to help children who, despite their intelligence and hard work, are struggling academically.
“Here,” said Mrs. Rickard, “kids succeed because we teach the way they learn. Our classrooms, instructional methods and materials are geared to the strengths and challenges of the person with dyslexia.” A rigorous academic program builds the knowledge, skills and self-confidence that equip students to excel when they return to the conventional public or private school classroom.
Tuition aid has also helped to boost dePaul’s enrollment. More public schools are subsidizing private school tuition for students with learning disabilities. Other students will qualify for EITC or OSTC financial assistance. These programs offer State tax credits to Pennsylvania companies that donate to the scholarship fund.
Allied Services dePaul School is a nonprofit, nonsectarian school for children ages 7 – 14 ( grades 1 – 8 ) who have dyslexia with other reading, fluency or organization disorders, with or without ADD or ADHD. Diagnostic testing and evaluation are available.
For more information, contact Suzanne Rickard at 570-341-4398 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the generosity of Tony Domiano Fiat in Eynon, PA, supporting Allied Services and Ryan’s Run just got a little more exciting!
For every $30 that you donate to Ryan’s Run 4, you will be eligible to receive a Ryan’s Run 4 moisture-wicking exercise shirt. What’s more, for every $30 you donate, you will receive an automatic entry into a drawing for a Fiat, courtesy of Tony Domiano Fiat.. The lucky winner of this drawing will receive a one year lease on a new Fiat.
Pledging your support is easy. Simply click on the ‘pledge now’ button at the Ryan’s Run website or pick up a pledge form at any Allied Services location. As soon as your online donation of $30 or more is processed, or your completed pledge card and payment are received by Allied Services Foundation, you will be entered for the drawing.
The random drawing will take place on October 28th, 2013. For more information call Allied Services Foundation at 570-348-1407.
Terms and conditions: Winner to receive a 1 year (12 month) lease on a new Fiat inclusive of 10,000 miles. The winner must be at least 18 years old and must reside within the states of PA or NY in possession of a valid state issued drivers license. There will be no cash value in lieu of the lease. The winner will be responsible for the following: Excess miles (if miles exceed 10,000 miles) at $0.30/mile, full coverage auto insurance, monthly sales/use tax. Vehicle to be returned to Tony Domiano Fiat at lease end. Winner liable for any excess wear and tear.
For the third year running, Allied Services Integrated Health System has been awarded the prestigious Bronze charity status by the ING New York City marathon organizers. What’s more, in this, the 4th annual campaign, Ryan’s Run has grown to a team of almost 50 runners.
The preparations for the 4th Ryan’s Run campaign are off to a strong start, thanks to the support of returning major sponsors Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, Jack Williams Tire Center, Weis Markets, Parente Beard, LLC and new major sponsors Pocono Raceway and Mericle Commerical Real Estate Services.
22 of the runners who trained and raised funds for the 2012 marathon, which was canceled in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, will run for Allied Services in 2013. These runners will be joined by 27 new athletes prepared to take on the challenge of running the 26.2 miles of this legendary marathon. Although team members are drawn from 4 states, 30+ communities and many professions, they are united by the love of running and the desire to make a positive impact in the lives of people with disabilities.
In the past 3 years, the Ryan’s Run campaign has raised more than $500,000 for children and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services. The funds raised during Ryan’s Run 4 will enable Allied Services to continue investing in the staff, technology and services which touch the lives of more than 5,000 people in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania each day.
Ever wanted to run in one of the world’s greatest footraces? Now’s your chance!
Over the past 3 years, Ryan’s Run has raised more than $500,000, changing the lives of thousands of children and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. In 2013, the Ryan’s Run team will have 50 runners.
If you’re passionate about running, inspired by our mission and can commit to raising funds ($3,000) for Allied Services, we want you to join us on the 2013 Ryan’s Run team.
Please complete the our application form and tell us why you want to become a part of Ryan’s Run:
A new large screen projector television will be added for the benefit of residents and patients at the Allied Services Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center in the spirit of Nursing Home Week.
Allied Services Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center provides comprehensive care for both short and long t termed patients. For many patients it serves as a transition program, with exceptional staff the patients are able to return to their home provided with home health or out-patient services. Also this program provides an inpatient stay at Allied Rehab Hospital or Heinz Rehab Hospital, if appropriate.
Community Life Support is dedicated to providing prompt, efficient and professional patient care and ambulance transportation services to Lackawanna County, Wyoming County, and the surrounding areas. We strive to advance the exceptional relationship between professional and community based providers through teaching, providing continuing education, community service and leading by example.
Pictured, left to right: Chris Minich, Asst. Administrator; Lenny Wesolowski, Community Life Support; Laura Smith, VP/Administrator; Erin Wanick, Director of Recreation Therapy; Gene Lesneski, Operations Supervisor.
Re-posted from The Times Tribune
Jay Goble woke up to friends and family members praying at his bedside in a hospital in Allentown.
A vehicle crash along Business Route 6 crushed his carotid artery, causing a massive stroke. Doctors said he would never walk or talk again.
Fourteen years after his crash, Mr. Goble, of Honesdale, will throw the first pitch at tonight’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game, scheduled to start at 6:35 p.m.
Then the 48-year-old will ride his motorized scooter 22 times around the concourse at PNC Field – about eight miles – and walk a final lap with his granddaughter, Alexis Heney of Forest City.
“It’s going to be amazing to share the moment with my granddaughter,” said Mr. Goble, who credited his therapists at Allied Services for his recovery. “I told myself from the start I wouldn’t be bound to a wheelchair.”
Organized by Allied Services, tonight’s event – called “Jay’s Journey II â¦ Hope for Stroke” – is meant to raise awareness and educate people on strokes. May is National Stroke Awareness Month.
On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A stroke happens when a blockage prevents the flow of blood to the brain and can lead to life-changing complications, such as paralysis or problems with memory or speech.
Mr. Goble struggled for months to come as far as he has, spending weeks sounding out words and repeating tongue exercises at Heinz Rehab Hospital in Wilkes-Barre so he could speak again.
To relearn how to walk, he committed himself to a grueling regimen that focused on torso-work and balancing exercises. When he finally felt comfortable, he took his first steps on a treadmill while holding onto the handles.
As far as he has come, the road to recovery isn’t over yet. Mr. Goble still can’t use his left arm. But he is adamant that will change.
More than anything, he hopes his story provides inspiration to other stroke survivors.
“It’s all about having a positive mindset,” he said. “If you believe it, you can make it happen.”