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ASPEN 2018 Nutrition Science and Practice Conference

Registered dietitians Anne Woodbury, of Utah Valley Specialty Hospital, and Jill Marshall, of Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital, recently were selected to present a poster on an initiative regarding how nutrition affect patients on ventilators at the national ASPEN 2018 Nutrition Science and Practice Conference in Las Vegas.

Titled “Nutrition Administration and Ventilator Weaning in Long-Term Acute Care,” the abstract also was published in the January 2018 Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition supplement.

These dietitians have been working on data collections and how nutrition promotes successful ventilator weaning.

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Ernest Health’s Cindy Tew to Speak at 2017 American Association for Respiratory Care Congress

Cindy Tew, Ernest Health’s Director of Clinical Programs and Resources, has been selected to present at the 2017 American Association for Respiratory Care Congress. At this event, Tew will present an Ernest Health initiative in nutrition management and administration for patients being weaned from ventilators in its long-term acute care hospitals.

The initiative, which won the 2017 Quality Achievement Award from the National Association of Long Term Hospitals,  explored specific nutritional indicators that could be tracked that might influence ventilator weaning. In particular, the initiative focused on finding if the level of protein provided to a ventilated patient had any effect on the success of weaning the patient off the ventilator.

The project was initiated by Tew and Anne Woodbury, registered dietitian nutritionist at Utah Valley Specialty Hospital, a member of Ernest Health.

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Ernest Health’s Rehabilitation Hospitals Recognized among Top 10% in Nation

Thirteen Ernest Health rehabilitation hospitals have been acknowledged for providing nationally recognized rehabilitative care to its patients. The hospitals were ranked in the Top 10% of inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide for providing care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

The hospitals were ranked from among 781 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). The UDSMR is a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database for medical rehabilitation outcomes.

Ernest Health’s rehabilitation hospitals provide specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputations, along with illnesses such as cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Ernest Health was founded in 2004 and provides rehabilitative and long-term acute care services through its hospitals located in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Each hospital is managed locally.

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Ernest Health and The University of Toledo Announce Groundbreaking for the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio

Ernest Health, Inc., and The University of Toledo announce the groundbreaking for the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio. The hospital will be constructed and operated by Ernest Health and located on the Health Science campus of The University of Toledo.

The new hospital, which will be known as the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio, will provide intensive physical rehabilitation services to patients recovering from strokes, brain and spinal cord injuries, and other impairments as a result of injuries or illness.

As an affiliate of The University of Toledo, the hospital will provide training opportunities for resident physicians of the university through a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program and for students through clinical rotations for physical, occupational, speech therapy as well as nursing.

“We are excited to work with The University of Toledo and establish our first physical medicine and rehabilitation educational program. It’s been rewarding to collaborate with the university’s leadership to meet this community need.” said Angie Anderson, senior vice president of development for Ernest Health.
Ernest Health currently operates 23 post-acute care hospitals, including 15 rehabilitation hospitals that have consistently been recognized as being in the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals nationwide for care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely. The national ranking is provided by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a not-for-profit corporation that was developed with support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, a component of the U.S Department of Education.

“We have been supported and warmly welcomed by the University of Toledo and other healthcare and community leaders,” says Darby Brockette, CEO of Ernest Health. “We consider it a privilege to be able to serve the area and look forward to becoming an active member of the community.”

As part of the agreement between the two organizations, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio will absorb operations of inpatient rehabilitative services currently offered through the medical center. There will be no interruption of services, and current staff can retain employment with the university or apply for positions at the new hospital. Officials estimate approximately 120 jobs will be created.

“This collaboration is an important step forward,” says Dr. Cooper, senior vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, “and signifies the value we can create for our community when we bring together the University’s assets with forward-thinking, well run community partners.”

Ernest Health will break ground on the 49,000-square foot facility at 10 a.m., May 12 during a ceremony on the site located at 1445 West Medical Loop. The public is invited to attend.

“I am pleased to welcome Ernest Health and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio to Toledo. Our community will only be strengthened by the care and support given to Toledo residents by this hospital. Welcome to Toledo and thank you for enhancing our community,” said Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.

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Ernest Health Hospitals Recognized Among Top 10 Percent of Rehabilitation Facilities in United States

Cited for care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered

Eleven Ernest Health hospitals recently were ranked in the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States.

Ernest Health provides inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation services through 14 hospitals located in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Each hospital is managed locally to best meet the needs of each community.

The national ranking was provided by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a not-for-profit corporation that was developed with support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, a component of the U.S Department of Education. The UDSMR ranks rehabilitation facilities based upon care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient, and timely. Ernest Health’s hospitals were ranked this past year out of 783 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide.

UDSMR administers the world’s largest medical rehabilitation database, providing common language and measurement tools to monitor patient results. The data used for the most current ranking was based on 12 months of information from 2014 from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The results were combined and weighted into a score, and each facility was then assigned a percentile rank.

“It’s an honor to have our hospitals recognized nationally as leaders in rehabilitative care,” says Darby Brockette, CEO of Ernest Health. “For many, this is a recurring accomplishment. I believe it’s a reflection of the serious commitment of our employees and local leadership to the communities they serve. They continually strive to provide high quality rehabilitative care to patients and family members.”

Brockette says that the staffs’ efforts not only raise the level of care in their local communities, but nationwide as well.

“Through UDSMR, our hospitals collaborate with peers across the United States to share information and establish best practices,” Darby says. “This elevates the level of rehabilitative care for everyone. It’s a privilege to work alongside such a dedicated and committed group of health care professionals.”

Ernest Health was founded in 2004 and has been providing specialized rehabilitative services to patients since 2005, when the first hospitals opened. Ernest Health’s rehabilitation hospitals treat thousands of patients every year who are recovering from disabilities caused by injuries or illnesses, such as strokes, orthopedic, brain and spinal cord injuries. The hospitals also treat individuals with chronic illnesses such as cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease.

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