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March Newsletter from The Allure Group

Happy Easter/ Happy Passover/ happy Spring!

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Here are some fun Passover facts:

  1. This holiday, which celebrates the Israelites’ freedom from Egyptian slavery, is the oldest and most important festival celebrated by Jewish people.
  2. Passover is named after the literal event of God “passing over” the Jewish households back in the day when he unleashed 10 plagues on Egypt because the Pharaoh refused to let the Jewish slaves go free. Can you name them all?
  3. During Passover, Jewish people eat matzos, an unleavened bread made of flour and water, in tribute to their ancestors.
  4. The Coca-Cola Company actually has its plants switch to cane sugar instead of corn syrup in some batches to make the beverage kosher for the holiday.

And here are some fun facts about Easter:

  1. Next to Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy-consuming holiday of the year.
  2. Some $14.7 billion is spent each year on the holiday in the U.S.
  3. More than 90 million chocolate bunnies, 91.4 billion eggs and 700 million marshmallow Peeps are produced each year in our country.
  4. Americans buy more than 700 million Peeps during the Easter season, making it the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
  5. Over 16 million jelly beans are consumed in the U.S. during this holiday, enough to circle the globe three times.

A Huge Congrats to our Harlem & Linden Centers!

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Our COO Melissa Powell and the leadership teams from the Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and Linden Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation each received a Quality Award from American Health Care Association at a ceremony held in New Orleans in early March.

The Quality Initiative is a national effort, launched in 2012, to further improve the quality of care in America’s long-term and post-acute care centers. Members have been challenged to meet measurable targets in crucial areas like hospitalizations and antipsychotics usage, with the goal of meeting the criteria in four areas by March 2021.

Dr. Salgado Quoted in this month’s Men’s Health Magazine

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Dr. Miran Salgado, quoted in the recent March issue of Men’s Health magazine on ‘What Causes A Brain Fart’, continues to lead our “Minds in Motion” program, a specialized 28-bed unit in the King David Center catering to the needs of those who have suffered a stroke or are afflicted with degenerative neuromuscular disorders like Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

While all of three of these diseases are incurable, advances have been made in research. And in the case of Parkinson’s and MS, patients’ quality of life can be greatly enhanced with the proper care, like that which is administered by Dr. Salgado and his staff of specially trained therapists.

They make use of advanced equipment and techniques. “Minds in Motion” also features an ongoing lecture series, “the Vanguard Series,” which is available to staff, patients, families and the community at large.

To read Dr Salgado’s quote, make sure to pick up one of the March Men’s Health printed edition’s before they’re off the shelf!

The Allure Group Recognizes Social Work Month

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March is National Social Work Month, during which the nation’s 650,000 social workers are honored for their tireless work as advocates, champions and leaders seeking to improve society.

According to a release, social workers are forever seeking to join people with each other and their communities in an attempt to find ways to address issues like hunger, affordable housing, equal rights and making organizations and government accountable.

This month affords everyone the opportunity to shine a light on social workers’ efforts.

Hamilton Park Celebrated St Patrick’s Day With A Special Holiday Menu

allure group st patricks mealWe hope you enjoyed the holiday! Hamilton Park enjoyed a special menu on Saturday March 17th with Irish Soda Bread for breakfast, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Boiled Potatoes and Rye Bread for lunch followed by delicious St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes.

Bedford Center Celebrates First Day Of Spring

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Happy Spring! We are excited about the changing of seasons and look forward to warmer weather! Bedford Center welcomed the first day of spring on March 20th by celebrating with a horticultural therapist.

Sallie Stutz, a Horticultural Therapist who also works in Rusk Rehab, came to Bedford Center and did an amazing program! Our residents on all cognitive and physical levels really enjoyed it! She’s extremely patient, informative and got them all involved in all steps of the learning and planting.

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Harlem Center Introduces Hearts in Motion

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The Allure Group is proud to announce that its ground-breaking “Hearts in Motion” protocol was just introduced at our Harlem Center.

“Hearts in Motion,” developed by Allure’s Chief Medical Officer Rekha Bhandari, MD: Jeffrey Bander, MD; and Chief Operating Officer Melissa Powell, allows staffers to remotely monitor patients afflicted with congestive heart failure. These medical professionals receive automated alerts whenever the patients undergo significant changes in their health, and can act appropriately.

Allure began “Hearts in Motion” in response to statistics that showed that patients who entered a nursing facility were likely to be readmitted 25 percent of the time. Believing that a lack of information can lead to poor care or slow reaction times, Allure first tested its unique protocol with a group of 152 patients.

Each patient was assigned a team consisting of a cardiologist, nurse, and rehab social worker. Live monitoring is then established, so real-time data is delivered to the cardiologists and other specialists, regardless of where the patient happens to be located.

If any factor — be it weight, renal function or some other indicator of potential health risk — changes significantly, the cardiologist receives an immediate automated alert. To monitor slower long-term changes, the teams meet weekly to discuss the patient’s overall health.

“Hearts in Motion” resulted in a decrease in hospital readmissions from 31 percent to seven percent in the test group.

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating At King David Center

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We hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day! We had a great time celebrating across our centers! Here are a few photos of our Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating party held at King David Center

The Allure Group Celebrates Black History Month

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The Allure Group honors Black History Month, a month whose origins can be traced back to 1915, when the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) was founded by historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland.

The organization began sponsoring Negro History Week in 1926, an event recognized in cities across the country in the decades that followed. It evolved into Black History Month on several college campuses during the Civil Rights movement of the late ‘60s, and in 1976 president Gerald Ford officially designated the month as such.

The goal, Ford said at the time, was to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

The Allure Group is proud to announce our Hearts In Motion readmission rate for 2017

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We’d like to tout the 1.1 percent readmission rate of our cardiology program in 2017, Hearts In Motion, something that is almost unheard of in the world of nursing homes!

The readmission rate in the nation’s healthcare facilities was a target of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, and it shrank from 20 percent to 18 percent in 2013, following the implementation of the ACA’s readmission reduction program.

That led to an accompanying cost reduction. The School of Public Health determined that the Veterans Administration, for example, could save $2,140 per patient by enacting means by which those patients at a high risk for being readmitted were properly handled.

The Allure Group is on board with that as well. We want to thank and honor our dedicated team of doctors, medical professionals and staff who make this possible.

Thanks to everyone who Participated in National Wear Red Day to Support Healthy Heart Month!

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Staff members across various locations of ours decided to show their support on Wear Red Day, thanks to everyone who showed their support! Featured above are members of our lovely Harlem Center staff.

The Allure Group Announces Partnership with Chinatown ManPower Project

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On January 30th, The Allure group held a press conference at our Hamilton Park Center, in honor of The Allure Group and CMP (Chinatown Man Power Project) where we announced our partnership in providing CNA training for the Asian-American community as Hamilton Park becomes a training site for CNA trainees externship.

The Allure Group is partnering with CMP to provide internship opportunities and experiences to nursing students, to supplement their studies by practicing what they learned in the classroom in a real-life setting.

We are so excited about teaming up in alliance to transform lives! This not only affects both organizations involved, but is helping people to save lives and we are happy to be a part of this.

Check out this clip from the press conference yesterday, thanks to News12 Brooklyn: http://brooklyn.news12.com/clip/14088907/program-brings-more-employment-opportunities-to-chinese-community

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