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Virginia Gay Nursing & Rehab is proud to announce that it is on the Iowa National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC) Honor Roll for 2019. They have also been recognized by Telligen QIN-QIO as a National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Trailblazer.

The (NNHQCC) Honor Roll recognizes Virginia Gay Nursing & Rehabs performance on the Nursing Home Compare long-stay quality measures. Nursing homes on the Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC) Honor Roll must achieve a quality measure composite score of six or less for at least one quarter, which aligns with the top 10 percent of nursing homes in the United States. The systems that impact the score can include staffing, operations, communication, leadership, compliance, clinical models, quality of life indicators and specific clinical outcomes such as mobility, inappropriate antipsychotic use for persons living with dementia, and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

The organization continues to be listed as a Five-Star Nursing Home by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Nursing Home Compare. They have also been named to the Trail Blazer Honor Roll as one of only 2,922 nursing facilities nation-wide that voluntarily contribute to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) database for 22 months regarding a severe disease called C. Difficile.  The goal of this initiative is to learn more about the scale and severity of this disease.  Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab has active antimicrobial stewardship and infection control programs to ensure the safety and health of residents, not only locally, but as a part of this nation-wide effort to improve the care of our elders.

According to the CDC,  nearly half a million people in the U.S. are sickened each year by C. diff, a bacterium that causes diarrhea and colitis (inflammation of the colon). C. diff is more common among those aged 65 and older; people who are taking antibiotics and have been recently hospitalized; those who have weakened immune systems or who have been exposed to C. diff before. Nearly one in 11 people over age 65 die of a healthcare-associated C. diff infection within a month of diagnosis.

Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab has been entrusted with the care of older adults since 1962.  Nursing and Rehab at Virginia Gay cares for patients with either long or short-term and temporary needs. Nurse Manager Jessica Henkle, RN-BC, leads the staff. Jessica has been with Virginia Gay for 25 years in a career that began as a C.N.A. (Certified Nursing Assistant).  She worked on her education as she cared for patients and today, has almost completed her certifications for licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Gerontologic Nurse.

Henkle says, “I’m proud of our Nursing & Rehab family. I commend each of them for their hard work, exceptional care and dedication. They are passionate about providing person-centered care to each of our residents, and it’s evident in everything they do.”

Michele Schoonover, Virginia Gay Hospital CEO, adds “Jessica has set a standard of excellence for her staff and the other departments that support Nursing & Rehab.  It has truly been a team effort and the results are apparent in the quality of care provided as well as improved patient satisfaction.  The employees have genuinely made a difference.”

Constant effort to improve the experiences of residents and families is why Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab has maintained its 5-star quality designation. At the end of 2018, the staff set the ambitious goal to provide a more person-centered experience allowing residents as much independence and control over their daily routines as possible. The commitment to their goal included the entire VGH family and was the focal point of this year’s Virginia Gay Hospital Annual Tree of Lights of Campaign. A portion of the donations received during this year’s campaign has helped the department purchase new items to expand the concept of “open dining.” The equipment includes new tables, chairs and a Suzy Q cart system allowing staff to serve the residents directly at the tableside. It will allow for expanded serving schedules and give residents more opportunities to eat on their own schedule.

If you or a loved one is interested in quality long term care, please visit www.myvgh.org/nursing-rehab or call 319-472-6280 to talk with a member of the Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab care team.

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For more than 45 years, Telligen population health management solutions have improved the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for consumers and providers. Visit www.telligen.com to learn more. The QIO Program is a national healthcare quality improvement program lead by CMS that works to convene health care providers and patients to share knowledge, spread best practices and achieve improvements in patient care while decreasing health care costs for all Americans. To learn more about Telligen’s work with the QIO Program, visit www.TelligenQINQIO.com.

IT’S A TEAM EFFORT: Members of the Virginia Gay Nursing & Rehab staff include Becky Covington, Janice Bray, Val Hauschild, Nicole Miller, Amy Lane, Chelsea Erhardt, Jodi Bearbower, Sara Wattnem and Jess Henkle.

VIRGINIA GAY NURSING & REHAB STAFF includes Lisa Stein, Alan Coyle, Heather Tuttle, Josh Gordon, Jen Bunten, Samantha Avalos, Adam Smith, Ericka Foshe-Everett, Kelsey Moody, Jennifer Bahr, Mikia Stegner-Key, Brenda Corkery, Jennifer Greenwood, Keith Bonar, Chuck Greenwood, Mike Reifenstahl and Lori Smith.


VIRGINIA GAY NURSING & REHAB STAFF includes Laura White, Jenni Boots, and Sharon Stone-Husmann