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Torchlight 2016!

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (September 2016) — It’s a Providence tradition to gather once a year to celebrate this ministry we share. That celebration is known as “Torchlight,” and this year’s details are in the current issue of our newsletter. Click the image to view and download a PDF of the September newsletter — the Torchlight issue! And feel free to share it with your friends!

Providence Hospice awarded provisional license in Indiana

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (September 2016) — Providence Hospice was awarded its provisional license by the state of Indiana on Friday, Sept. 16, and is expected to begin serving clients within the next few days. The provisional license is good for 90 days, during which the division will undergo a state survey and a Joint Commission survey. If it goes well, the state survey will result in an official license, while the Joint Commission survey will result in accreditation and a Medicare certification. There are already hospice employees in place, ready to serve Indiana clients — Providence has hired two RNs (a clinical supervisor and a case manager), a medical director, a chaplain and a social worker to be part of the team. The process for obtaining the Indiana license began in the spring. “We started putting the pieces together and laying out a timeline in February,” said Richard Nolden, Vice President of Healthcare Strategy at Providence. “We saw a need for hospice in the area, and in light of the opening of Park Place of St. John, we felt that it would complete our continuum of services offered in Indiana.” Providence at Home will work alongside Park Place of St. John […]

Park Place Small Houses open with ribbon cutting

ST. JOHN, Ind. (August 2016) — The Park Place of St. John Health & Wellness Center celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 23. “I can not begin to tell you how excited I am to see all of your faces here, celebrating this with us today,” Rich Schutt said at the ceremony. “It has been literally decades in the making, and to know that it’s real today is just overwhelming.” Land donors, political representatives, architects, designers, contractors, lenders, pastors, staff, and others were all present for the event. “With great joy, I welcome each one of you to the opening of the Park Place of St. John Health & Wellness Center,” Providence Board Chair Tim Breems said to the crowd. “You represent countless colleagues, family, and friends who have provided and invested all that was required to bring this lovely community to this place on this beautiful day: financial support, time, planning, skilled labor, fine craftsmanship, love, and prayer.” After the ceremony, guests were able to tour each of the three “Small Houses” that make up the Health & Wellness Center. Two of these home-like buildings will offer skilled nursing care to just 10 people each, […]

Victorian Village hosts Illinois Senate Minority Leader Radogno

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (July 2016) — Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-41st District) made a return visit to Victorian Village last week, touring the Health & Wellness Center Small Houses and speaking with interested residents at the Grand Victorian. Her visit sparked a few political discussions among residents, and gave the state senator a chance to see the unique Small Houses in use. Senator Radogno has been to Victorian Village before, when the Homer Glen senior living community was constructing the first Small Houses in the state of Illinois, and when Victorian Village celebrated the opening of those Small Houses at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. This visit, she toured the completed buildings, now home to long-term residents and short-term rehab clients. Later, she spoke with residents at the Grand Victorian about budget struggles in Springfield and the redistricting initiative. She noted that she was “acutely aware” that Medicare costs would continue to go up, and that the Illinois government was looking at ways to do things more cost effectively — studying innovative methods, like the Small Houses, to see if they were more cost-effective than traditional models. The senator also answered some questions about whether she’d run for governor (she’s focused on her […]

Victorian Village Small Houses awarded 5-star rating

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (June 2016) — Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center is proud to announce that it has received a five-star overall quality rating — the highest possible rating — from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). “I am very pleased with this recognition of the quality service and care that the Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center program provides,” said Dave Tiemersma, Executive Director of Victorian Village. According to CMS.gov, CMS created their Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. The Nursing Home Compare feature of the Medicare website gives each nursing home in the country a rating of between 1 and 5 stars. Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality. More information about the rating system is available on CMS.gov. The rating takes a few different things into account: the result of health inspections, staffing, and quality measures — which includes information on 11 different physical and clinical measures. Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center (VVHWC) received above average ratings in every area considered. The Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center opened in Feb. 2014, the first “Small Houses” in […]