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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

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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.”

Read the full story: Elaine Bloom Named CEO of Plaza Health Network

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.

Read the full story: “Plaza Health Network Centers top ranked by U.S. News & World Report”

FHI Communications: “Exclusive Interview with New CEO of Plaza Health Network”

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

Jeffrey Herschler had a chance to chat with Elaine about her new opportunity.

Read the full transcript of their interview: Exclusive Interview with New CEO of Plaza Health Network

Elaine Bloom named president and 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.”

A resident of Miami-Dade since 1962, Ms. Bloom has provided leadership to South Florida for over 40 years. She served two different tenures in the Florida House of Representatives — the first from 1974-1978, the other from 1986-2000 — and chaired eight different committees and subcommittees including Health Care, and Social and Economic Services. She was the prime sponsor of more than 100 major new laws and was elected Speaker Pro Tempore (1992-1994).

Senior advocacy issues were a top legislative priority for Ms. Bloom. She helped create the Department of Elder Affairs and was the author of Florida’s Community Care for the Elderly Act to enable frail elderly to be in their own homes with periodic assistance. She also wrote the legislation establishing the Agency for Health Care Administration, which supervises all health facilities. She was responsible for much legislation to protect the elderly from abuse; helped establish and regulate alternatives to nursing homes (such as Adult Congregate Living Facilities); and fought for funds for special transportation services for the elderly and disabled.  Ms. Bloom was also the author of the Florida International Banking Act – working closely with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce – to pass that bill and implement the resulting system.

She was a member of the board of directors for ANDRX Laboratories, one of the largest private sector employers in Broward County.  Ms. Bloom also served as president of the Greater Miami Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, vice president of the Florida Philharmonic and on the boards of such organizations as the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Florida International University Foundation.

About Plaza Health Network

What began in 1954 as a 12-bed convalescent home for WWII veterans and elderly Jewish residents has evolved into a leading not-for-profit network of Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Centers in Miami-Dade County. With over 900 beds in seven centers, Plaza Health Network’s rehabilitation and skilled nursing services include, but are not limited to, post-operative care and rehabilitation, stroke care and rehabilitation, diabetes care and management, Alzheimer’s care, wound care, and orthopedic rehab therapy.