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The Bridge at Ridgely has received accreditation for 2014 as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

The accreditation, presented by independent accreditor Providigm, LLC, demonstrates that the facility is continually assessing residents’ quality of life with regard to concerns such as pain, dignity, respect for resident choice, and quality of care problems such as whether there are enough staff to meet resident needs, weight loss, infections, rehabilitation following acute injury or illness, and prevention of readmissions to hospital.

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Table at Rolling Thunder

On Tuesday, December 10th, The Bridge at Ridgely was honored to have Rolling Thunder visit their center. Rolling Thunder is a motorcycle organization made up of both veterans and non-veteran members alike who volunteer their time touring the United States to bring attention to the United States 86,000 POW/MIA that have been left behind from every war beginning with Vietnam. The organization has 90 chartered chapters whose main philosophy is “We will never forget.” Their organization has not only brought attention to the issue, but they are also responsible for championing the Missing Service Personnel Act of 1993.

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Christmas Float 2014

On December 8th, we participated in the Tiptonville, Tennessee Christmas Parade. We even won the first place “The Mayors” award! Elder Robert Johnson, a former Memphis area DJ, was equipped with a microphone and speaker and entertained the crowd with singing, humor, and his overall jovial attitude. The float, named “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” was beautifully decorated and included our elders, stakeholders, and their children.

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The Bridge at Ridgely welcomed approximately 300 community members Saturday night to their Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The facility’s dining room, filled to capacity, was the center of all the excitement with visits from Santa, the lighting of the Christmas tree, and hot cocoa and cookies baked by the dietary department. The event, which was a joint effort between The Bridge and the city of Ridgely, immediately followed the town’s Christmas parade.

Several city officials were present for the event and distributed trophies to the winners of the different parade categories, with The Bridge’s float winning second place for their “Twas The Night Before Christmas” theme. Some of the special guests were Brenda Crittendon, Alderman and Parade Chairman; Ridgely Mayor Steve Jones and his wife, Kathy; and  Lake County Mayor Denny Johnson and his wife, Linda.

The Bridge at Ridgely is a 100-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center operated by Signature HealthCARE, based in Louisville, KY.

– Ashley Smith, Admissions/Marketing

The Bridge at RidgelyThe Bridge at Ridgely hosted a Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 11 to honor residents and community members for their service in the armed forces.

The Bridge is a 100-bed skilled and long term care facility with expertise in short term physical, occupational and speech therapies. It is also a Serenity HealthCARE facility which specializes in caring for those suffering from Dementia or related diseases. The facility is operated by Signature HealthCARE, based in Louisville, Ky.

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On November 11th, 2014, approximately forty residents and community members celebrated Veterans Day at The Bridge at Ridgely. Our program honored each of our veteran residents with a plaque that will be permanently displayed on the front of the facility.

Lisa Taylor of Aseracare Hospice presented certificates to each veteran. An American flag pin was also given to each veteran and a picture was taken to be given to each veteran or his or her family members. Everyone who came to celebrate with us was offered refreshments after the event.

We’re proud to be home to so many brave men and women at The Bridge at Ridgely. Also, we want to say a special thanks to Blair Reynolds (Quality of Life Director), Lisa Taylor (Aseracare Marketing Rep), and Gene Forrest (American Legion) for all their hard work.

God bless America and those who served to keep us free!

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This Veterans Day, Signature HealthCARE would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of our nation’s military veterans, and those still actively serving. We especially want to thank all of our residents and stakeholders who served our country.

Happy Veterans Day from the Signature family to yours.

SHC Hall of Fame

For those unable to attend a SHC Hall of Fame ceremony, we’re bringing the celebration to you with four sites that were selected to have their ceremonies broadcast live via our website.

On October 9, 2014, 99 Signature HealthCARE centers across the southeast and midwest will induct over 400 distinguished individuals into the Hall of Fame, in local ceremonies featuring celebrity speakers and presentations about the inductees lives and accomplishments.

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The Hall Of Fame is an innovative Quality of Life Program developed by Signature HealthCARE designed to honor the lives and accomplishments of our residents, stakeholders, volunteers, and others who have had such an impact on our centers, communities, and nation.

On October 9, 2014, 87 Signature HealthCARE centers across the southeast and midwest will induct over 350 distinguished individuals into the Hall of Fame, in local ceremonies featuring celebrity speakers and presentations about the inductees lives and accomplishments.

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The city of Ridgely, Tennessee hosts Western Days every year in May. This year, several of our elders enjoyed a Main Street concert with live music, a cake walk, and a lively street dance with families and friends. We are already looking forward to next year!