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A Weekly Publication for Wednesday, November 30, 2011


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Governor Announces Government Reform Initiatives for 2012 Legislative Session

his week Governor Bob McDonnell announced his government reform initiatives that are contained in a Government Reorganization Plan submitted to the General Assembly. The proposals are a result of the ongoing work of the Governor's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring.  The proposals include eliminating two state agencies; merging seven state agencies into others; eliminating 19 boards and commissions; merging 23 boards and commissions to form 11 boards and commissions; moving four offices and initiatives; and, de-regulating three professions.  More…



VANHA’s Focus of the Month



Upcoming Spotlight on Activities

For the month of December, VANHA News will be spotlighting the great work Activities Directors and their teams are spearheading in our member communities. The holiday season is always full of activity, so it’s a great time to share let others know of the many wonderful seasonal celebrations taking place in your communities between now and the end of the year. Information on recently completed activities, or activities planned for the coming year are also welcome.  Please forward your stories to Sydney at





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Member Updates


RLPS Architects joins VANHA

VANHA would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest business member, RLPS Architects (Reese, Lower, Patrick & Scott).  RLPS provides CCRC planning and design services, repositioning of existing retirement communities, and all levels of senior housing and care facility design. Started in 1954 to design and construct parish churches, RLPS was subsequently asked to design retirement housing for the aging parishioners, and as a result, has been designing retirement housing communities for more than 50 years. For more information, visit or contact Kathleen Goff at


New Administrator at Brandermill Woods

VANHA joins Brandermill Woods in welcoming Cynthia Ritter as the community’s new Administrator at the Health Care Center and Chesterfield Assisted Living. Prior to joining the Brandermill Woods team, Cynthia was employed by Golden Living Center at a 177-bed for-profit facility in Fredericksburg.


New Administrator at Marian Manor

VANHA also joins Marian Manor in welcoming Karen Land as their new Administrator. With a background in Recreation Therapy, Karen brings more than 30 years of experience in the long term care continuum. Since 1989, she has been as an Administrator in independent living, assisted living, and CCRC communities.


Riverside Convalescent Centers Win Awards

Congratulations to three Riverside Convalescent Centers for recently receiving awards.  Riverside Convalescent Centers in Mathews and West Point received My InnerView’s Excellence in Action award, a national honor recognizing the facilities’ commitment to superior customer satisfaction.  Riverside Convalescent Center in Smithfield received second place honors in the 2011 D. A. “Woody” Brown Community Involvement Award in the Year Round Program category, presented by the Virginia Health Care Association and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living.


Atlantic Shores Announces the “Puppy Love” Program

The Atlantic Shores/Guiding Eyes for the Blind “Puppy Love” program is one of the first in the nation to link the generations together in a partnership that will ultimately provide visually impaired individuals with guide dogs that will dramatically change their lives.  As reported here last month, two puppies from Guiding Eyes for the Blind have come to live at Atlantic Shores in Virginia Beach, to be raised by residents and embraced by the entire community and two local elementary schools. Those interested in sharing in the Puppy Love adventure can follow the progress of these tiny heroes at to enjoy a photo gallery, Dog-Blog, and Puppy-Cam that features shots from a dog’s eye level.  Fans can also like them on Facebook at:


Are you planning a new program? Have you added a new amenity or service? Would you like to introduce a new member of your team? VANHA would like to help you share your success stories with your colleagues. Please email with information on what’s happening at your facility.


Medicare & Medicaid News


~CMS 2011 Transmittals


Medicare December 7th Open Enrollment Deadline Nears

“Seniors and people with Medicare should act now, review their plan coverage and compare their current plan with other available options,” said CMS Administrator Donald M. Berwick, M.D. “The important decisions you make now can help ensure that any changes made will be in place by January 2012 for seamless and uninterrupted access to your healthcare providers and medications at your chosen pharmacies.” More…


Nursing Home News


Agenda Available for CMS SNF Call Tomorrow

The agenda for the  CMS Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)/Long Term Care Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2011, from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm is as follows:

·         MDS Update;

·         SNF Clarifications Update; and

·         Claims Processing Update.

If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 93952052.


HUD Housing News


Human Resource News


SESCO Update: Performance Evaluation Traps

This time of year, many organizations begin implementing a year-end performance evaluation process for employees. Supervisors should understand that this is a critical responsibility, and they should be careful to avoid the following common traps that have the potential to taint their evaluations of subordinates.


In Case You Missed It

VANHA News for November 22, 2011

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