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Plaza Health Network aligns with Jackson Health System to treat complex patients

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TRANSPLANT AND LVAD PATIENTSRelationship will allow for more personalized sub-acute care to speed up recovery

Plaza Health Network and Jackson Health System have collaborated to provide clinically complex patients with an option for sub-acute care recovery.

Patients who require extra care and observation but do not have to be in a hospital setting can continue their recovery at one of Plaza Health Network’s seven rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities. The relationship commenced between Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) and The Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) with Plaza Health Network’s two facilities in the Miami Health District, University Plaza and Jackson Plaza. These two facilities are in close proximity to the hospitals, providing JMH and MTI doctors and nurses ease of visitation if necessary to monitor their patients. Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients are among the first to benefit from this unique arrangement.

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Aqua Therapy Can Mean Less Pain, More Gain during Rehabilitation

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For patients who require rehabilitation for certain chronic conditions or to recover from illness or injury, wading into warm water for physical therapy can make a difference.

Plaza Health Network in South Florida offers aqua therapy services at its University Plaza rehabilitation and skilled nursing center, located in the heart of the health district near downtown Miami. At University Plaza, each individual candidate is evaluated for their risk versus benefit before starting aqua therapy.

Aqua therapy offers multiple benefits for the right candidates. Less pain during rehab, a speedier recovery, and — for someone with limited physical endurance on land — the opportunity to perform more beneficial strength training or walking exercises.

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Plaza Health Network launches advanced respiratory care program at Arch Plaza

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aAdvanced Respiratory CareAs part of its ongoing mission to provide high quality, sub-acute care to adults and seniors in the South Florida community, Plaza Health Network has launched an advanced, inpatient respiratory care program that provides treatment, rehabilitation and education to patients with complex respiratory conditions. The program is available at Arch Plaza, located in North Miami, and will continue to roll out at the other six Plaza Health Network centers throughout Miami-Dade County over the course of 2018.

Patients with complex respiratory conditions -such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, lung disease and those who are ventilator or tracheostomy dependent- will be cared for by respiratory therapists who coordinate with nursing and rehabilitation staff to provide enhanced and advanced pulmonary care. The team also is focused the patient’s continual care once they have transitioned from hospital to home by teaching them the necessary skills that would enable them to function independently at home, thereby avoiding unnecessary hospital readmissions.

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Plaza Health Network’s South Pointe Plaza Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center Earns South Florida’s First Center of Excellence for Wound Care Designation

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Wound CareSouth Pointe Plaza, an award-winning rehabilitation and skilled nursing center that is part of Plaza Health Network, proudly announces its recognition as the first skilled nursing center in South Florida to earn Center of Excellence for Wound Care certification from VOHRA Wound Physicians, the nation’s largest multi-specialty post-acute physician group. South Pointe is one of only 25 skilled nursing centers in the entire country to earn this designation.

The VOHRA Center of Excellence for Wound Management Program identifies and honors facilities that have established superior wound management programs. These facilities must meet multiple requirements such as having a less-than-one-percent wound-related re-hospitalization rate as well as having a verified outcomes-focused wound care program led by a physician specialist and staffed by certified wound care nurses seven days a week.

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South Florida Hospital News: “Innovative and Personalized Music & Memory Program Yields Multiple Gains for Skilled Nursing Residents with Cognitive Challenges”

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unnamed2A new one-of-a-kind music program at Plaza Health Network’s South Pointe Plaza on Miami Beach goes way beyond entertaining residents and takes patient programming to a whole new level. ‘Music & Memory’ offers benefits that can improve awareness, mobility, socialization and temperament for individual residents with dementia and other memory conditions. Importantly, neuroscience research backs the multiple gains witnessed by facility administrators, staff and patient families.

Read the full story here: Innovative and Personalized Music & Memory Program Yields Multiple Gains for Skilled Nursing Residents with Cognitive Challenges


Mover’s Spotlight: Ann-Lynn Denker

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Ann-Lynn-Denker-120x150New Position: Chief clinical officer for Plaza Health Network.
From: Jackson Health System, where she most recently was director of the Center for Nursing Excellence.

Also: Denker serves on the Board of the Health Council of South Florida. She also is the director of the Florida Action Coalition (Future of Nursing) statewide grant sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Florida Blue. A former president of the Florida Nurses Association, Denker also served for five years on the Florida Board of Nursing and is immediate past chair. She is a longstanding member of the bioethics committee at Jackson Health System and currently teaches graduate students at the Barry University School of Nursing.

Education: Denker, an advanced register nurse practitioner, has B.S.N. and M.N. degrees from the University of Florida and received a Ph.D in nursing from the University of Miami.

Best advice she ever received: I have been most fortunate to have wonderful mentors who have provided valuable advice. The most far reaching advice has come from a nursing consultant colleague who convinced me of the importance of the practice of “Relationship Based Care.” This is a formalized culture for healthcare organizations where relationship with patient, families, colleagues, staff and ourselves are essential to quality patient care. It’s all about relationships, reflecting our core business of caring.

Miami Herald: “Frail, vulnerable seniors need workable solutions”

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The following op-ed was written by Plaza Health President and CEO Elaine Bloom.

With the White House Conference on Aging taking place this month, the imperative to address the needs of our growing senior population has never been clearer. This issue is particularly dramatic for those of us serving the elderly and frail in South Florida.

Three of the top 10 cities in the country with the highest percentage of people age 65 and over are in South Florida. From 2010 to 2040, Florida’s older population is expected to almost double.

It is urgent that the White House meeting come up with new ways to provide services for the growing elderly population. We will have to do more with less money to fund these needs. Tax deductions and other economic incentives will be essential.

City BizList: “Elaine Bloom Named CEO of Plaza Health Network”

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The Honorable Elaine Bloom, former Florida State Representative, has been named president and chief executive officer of Plaza Health Network, the largest not-for-profit network of rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers in Miami-Dade County.

“The Plaza Health Network Board of Directors is thrilled to welcome Ms. Bloom to the organization,” said board chairman Ronald Lowy. “She has long been a champion of the frail and elderly of our community in her roles as an elected public official, on local government boards and commissions, and in community organizations.”

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Weekly Pulse: “Plaza Health Network Centers top ranked by U.S. News & World Report”

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U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2015 recently awarded top ranking to Plaza Health Network for three of its Miami area rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers: Arch Plaza Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, South Pointe Plaza Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, and Jackson Plaza Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

The ranking was based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) five star quality rating system, with each of the three facilities receiving five stars from CMS.

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