Posts Categorized: Leadership

The Cedars’ Angie Hunt Presents at Leading Age Missouri

Angie Hunt, Chief Operating Officer at The Cedars was recently invited by Leading Age Missouri to share her expertise on post-acute care and value-based purchasing. On Wednesday, May 8 at the Third Annual Summit for Acute and Post-Acute Care Providers: Insights and Perspectives on Care Coordination and Value-Based Payment, Angie spoke on a panel to discuss Care Collaboration and Value-Based Care. Moderator Margaret Donnelly, VP of Post-Acute Care Services at St. Lukes Health System explained that the adoption of value-based care models is expected to account for 59 percent of healthcare payments by 2020, as the healthcare industry uses value-based care to address the high-cost utilizers. Payer-provider collaboration, holistic healthcare approaches that address the social determinants of health, and the use of health IT tools will be among the most important drivers of value-based care. Angie spoke as a frontline provider from the perspective of skilled nursing or post-acute...

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The Cedars Receives Award from AJAS for Innovative Art Program Involving Students from UNE and USM

The Cedars recently received the Programming Award from AJAS  (Association of Jewish Aging Services) for “Partnering With Elders: Health and Creativity”, an innovative program that builds bridges across age and cognitive barriers through the use of art. Students from the University of Southern Maine and the University of New England come to The Cedars to earn course credits by participating in the Opening Minds Through Art program with our skilled nursing residents. In May, the program culminates in an exciting gallery opening which showcases the vivid and inspiring art that has been created by the residents throughout the year. Kathy Callnan, The Cedars President and CEO, accepted the award at the annual AJAS conference in La Jolla, California, on April 4,...

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John Watson of The Cedars Receives National Award for Advocacy

The Cedars is proud to announce that John Watson, Chief Financial Officer at The Cedars, has been elected to receive the Outstanding Advocacy Award from LeadingAge, a national association representing 6,000 non-profit aging-services organizations throughout the United States. The award honors John Watson as a tireless advocate at the State level for educating legislators, executive branch officials, and fellow nursing facility administrators regarding Maine’s current system of reimbursing nursing homes.   Through his governor-appointed position on the Commission to Study Long Term Care, John worked with State Representatives to introduce a bill for a more equitable allocation system for care provided in nursing homes. In doing so, John was integral in reforming Maine Medicaid’s system of nursing home reimbursement and thereby assuring continued access to care for Maine’s oldest and frailest....

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Angie Hunt Receives Excellence in Leadership Award

Angie Hunt, Chief Operating Officer at The Cedars, was honored by Leading Age Maine and New Hampshire for her Excellence in Leadership. Angie has earned the respect and loyalty of everyone she works with through leading by example and working side-by-side with therapists, nurses, housekeeping, activities staff and anyone else who needs a hand. Community leaders, legislators and trustees immediately recognize Angie’s enthusiasm for any opportunity to improve quality care and to advocate for seniors. Exceptional Leadership and Effectiveness “Angie is self-motivated, a tireless worker – always putting the best interest of the patients first.” – Susan Dionne-Jones, Director of Nursing at The Cedars “Angie ‘lives’ The Cedars’ mission every day and in doing so, always puts the needs of our residents above all else. She continually meets any and all challenges that are presented to her. And Angie’s concerns go beyond The Cedars to the entire caregiving community....

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Celebrating Kathryn Callnan at The Cedars

  “We look forward to a bright future because of Kathy.” – Richard Borts, Chair, Board of Trustees In late August, The Cedars Board of Trustees and senior management gathered at a Portland restaurant to toast a tremendous achievement: Kathryn Callnan, President and CEO at The Cedars, was celebrating 40 years of service. Kathryn shared both memories of The Cedars’ rich past and a bold vision for its future around long tables filled with longtime friends. She began her career at The Cedars in 1976, when it was still The Jewish Home for Aged on Munjoy Hill, right after graduating from nursing school at the University of Southern Maine. She worked her way tirelessly from the night shift to the Director of Nursing office and played a key role in the move from Munjoy Hill to Ocean Avenue. Today, she is guiding The Cedars as we step up to...

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Advocating for Seniors at the State House: The Cedars Steps In

On March 5, LD 1776: An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Long Term Care Facilities Study Commission received a public hearing before the Committee on Health and Human Services. John Watson, Chief Financial Officer at The Cedars, was one of the presenters. John was a gubernatorial appointee to the Long Term Care Facilities Study Commission that authored LD 1776 and was recognized for his work and leadership. The Committee concluded Maine must rectify years of chronic underfunding to nursing homes. Rural areas are hardest hit and many are in danger of closing, but even urban facilities are challenged to make ends meet. The Commission urged the legislature to pass $2 million in relief for struggling facilities in rural Maine; a bill to study funding problems in rural Maine facilities; and a bill sponsored by LeadingAge to end the current system of MaineCare reimbursements and would require the...

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