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Inside Innovative Health’s $80 Million Skilled Nursing Construction Push

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11 14, 2019 | Posted in Press | 0 comments

Skilled Nursing News | Despite a general lack of new construction in the skilled nursing space, one owner/operator stands out for building three brand-new skilled nursing facilities in the Chicagoland area. And when many companies are paring down staff and consolidating, Brad Haber, principal owner and operator at Innovative Health, LLC, is midway through spearheading three SNF construction projects in Mundelein, Lisle, and Aurora for about $80 million in total. Innovative Health, a short-term transitional and post-acute health care company based in Northbrook, Ill., will replace Winchester House and bring existing staff to the new Mundelein facility and a new set of staffers to the Lisle and Aurora buildings — adding 200 employees, concentrated mostly in nurses with at least 15 new therapists. READ MORE    

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New Winchester House in Mundelein more than halfway done!

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10 17, 2019 | Posted in Construction, Facilities, Winchester House | 0 comments

By Mick Zawislak

The new Winchester House skilled nursing facility being built on Route 45 southeast of Route 83 in Mundelein is more than halfway home, with its opening planned for mid-2020.

When complete, the 185-bed facility on a former driving range will end any remaining Lake County government connection with Winchester House, which opened in 1847 as a poor farm and evolved into a long-term, 24-hour skilled nursing facility.

"We're almost completely under the roof at this point," said Brad Haber, a principal with facility developer and owner Innovative Health LLC. "We're in pretty good shape."

One of the Lake County Board's last expected actions regarding the new Winchester House will ensure the comfort of its residents by allowing wider beds and mattresses than currently in use.

But that will be a while, as work progresses to replace the existing five-story Winchester building at Milwaukee Avenue at Winchester Road that has been a highly visible fixture for generations on the Lake County government campus in Libertyville.

County involvement in the nursing home began to change as revenues fell and deficits rose when its resident population began to decline. In 2011, the county hired an outside firm to manage Winchester House. Eventually, officials reluctantly decided to get out of the nursing home business altogether.

Traditional Care of Lake County, an entity of Rosemont-based Innovative Health LLC, has operated Winchester House since Aug. 1, 2015.

After county officials decided they didn't want to sink significant money into aging mechanical systems at the existing facility, they reached an agreement with Transitional Care clearing the way for a new, privately owned and operated Winchester House.

Under the deal, all residents living in the existing Winchester House will be able to live at the new facility, which may get a new name.

"Whatever it's called, we'll have all the care and characteristics of what's here," Haber said. "It's still the same reputation (for care). We're bringing over all the people."

Originally, the $30 million new Winchester House was to have been completed in the fall of 2018. However, financing-related issues delayed the groundbreaking until last December.

Besides skilled, long-term care for conditions including dementia, 79 of the beds at the new facility will be for patients undergoing short-term rehabilitation after procedures like hip replacements.

About 80% of Winchester House residents rely on Medicaid, a federal-state health insurance program for low-income people. That means residents who move will be paying the same amount.

Transitional Care's agreement also included the county's providing a subsidy of up to $6.7 million for the new facility. The county board last week agreed to increase that amount by $175,000 to provide better beds and mattresses at the new facility, but that additional money will come from a Winchester House donation fund.

"It's not county money. It's not taxpayer money," said Lake County Board member Steve Carlson, chairman of the board's health and community services committee.

View Original Daily Herald Story Here. Daily Herald Credits: Paul Valade | Staff Photographer (in progress construction photo) Mick Zawislak | Editorial Writer

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Breaking Ground for the new Transitional Care of Lake County

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12 17, 2018 | Posted in Construction, Event, Facilities | 0 comments

Following many years of work and partnerships between Lake County, the Winchester House Advisory Board, Transitional Care Management, Innovative Health, and the Village of Mundelein, representatives of the public/private partnership celebrated the official ground-breaking of the highly anticipated new Transitional Care of Lake County. The new care center, to be located at 850 East Route 45, will replace the existing county-owned Winchester House that will relocate and open as a new state-of-the-art healthcare center that is owned and operated by Transitional Care of Lake County. After 150 years of owning and operating Winchester House, the Lake County Board sought a partner that could help the County facilitate a smooth transition to private ownership and management of the county-owned and operated Winchester House skilled nursing center. Primary goals included:

  • building upon the strong Winchester House legacy of quality care
  • maintaining and enhancing services to residents and families
  • and planning for a new state-of-the-art community for current residents and their families, as well as future people in need of skilled nursing or memory care, to call home.
Innovative Health and Transitional Care Management offered what turned out to be an ideal solution for the County’s needs, and, in addition, presented incorporating a model, known as Transitional Care, which helps patients bridge the distance between hospital and home by providing a new and highly specialized, short-term recovery option. Construction for the new center begins this month. “The new Transitional Care of Lake County will offer new innovation in resident-centered senior care and continue the tradition of providing compassionate, high quality skilled nursing and memory care to current residents of Winchester House and Lake County residents who require services in the years to come,” said Denise Norman, President of Transitional Care Management. Breaking ground for the new Transitional Care of Lake County, a public/private partnership initiated by the Lake County Board in partnership with Innovative Health and Transitional Care Management to best serve area older adults and their families are (from left to right): Mayor Steve Lentz, Village of Mundelein; Julie Mayer, Winchester House Advisory Board Chair; Steve Carlson, Lake County Board Member (District 7); Brad Haber, Principal, Innovative Health; Denise Norman, the President of Transitional Care Management; Michael Knight, Lake County United, Winchester House Advisory Board; Sandy Hart, Lake County Board Chair; Brian Cloch, Principal, Innovative Health, CEO, Transitional Care Management

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Transitional Care is a GREAT Place to Work

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12 17, 2018 | Posted in General | 0 comments

Great Place to Work Institute, an independent research and consulting firm, honored Transitional Care Management and two of its managed care centers, Transitional Care of Arlington Heights and Winchester House, with certification as a Great Place to Work. The two care centers earned the distinction following the evaluation of more than 60 elements of team members’ experiences on the job, like employee pride in the organization’s community impact and feeling that their work has special meaning. "Earning the 'Great Place to Work' distinction is such a privilege,” says Denise Norman, President of Transitional Care Management. "We value our Crew and all they do to make our guests and residents feel comfortable and help them heal. Workplace satisfaction directly contributes to a better patient experience and improved results, making our centers not only great places to work, but better places to recover and live." What employees say: “I can be myself around here.” 86% “I feel I make a difference here.” 84% “My work has special meaning: This is not just a job.84% “I’m proud to tell others I work here.” 83% “When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.” 83%   This review is based on 196 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 4.20. It was published on Jun 14, 2018. Learn more information about careers at a Transitional Care managed community visit: Transitional Care of Arlington Heights or Winchester House

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Marketing Techniques for Today’s Data-Driven Market

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10 27, 2017 | Posted in Event | 0 comments

Therapists and clinicians take pride in identifying successful outcomes, but how do referral sources and potential customers in today’s competitive marketplace learn about and understand the great work they are doing?  Charles Ross, Chief Strategy Officer with Transitional Care Management, a featured conference speaker on marketing techniques for new therapy models at The National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies (NARA) fall conference, says:
“In an increasingly data-driven, results-based world, we have great stories to tell! Providers must creatively position their outcomes in a way that translates into increased referrals and more opportunities from both professionals and consumers.”
Outcomes are, without a doubt, increasingly the name of the game. Determining the most effective data for measuring success and finding the best way to present it for maximum results, are the keys to success in an increasingly data-driven marketplace. To find out more about positioning your skilled nursing or post-acute rehab center for success, contact Charles at CRoss@tc-mgmt.com.

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Financial Fundamentals for Therapists

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10 27, 2017 | Posted in Event | 0 comments

Michael Filippo, Chief Operating Officer with Transitional Care Management, was a featured pre-conference speaker on financial fundamentals for therapists and therapy managers at The National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies (NARA) fall conference.

“The roles of the therapist, rehab director and middle manager are critical not only in caring for patients but in managing resources and getting paid for what we do,” says Filippo. “Understanding fundamentals in accounting and finance are key to delivering quality care in our ever-changing industry.”
 

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Virtual CCRC: Increase Census While Improving Outcomes

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10 27, 2017 | Posted in Event | 0 comments

Charles Ross, Chief Strategy Officer with Transitional Care Management (TCM), is a featured presenter at the national PointClickCare Summit on November 6-9 in Orlando, Florida. Charles will discuss the role of the “virtual CCRC” in helping improve outcomes and increase census. By creating successful partnerships at various care levels, residential care centers can offer a “virtual” CCRC experience. For example, partnering with a post-acute transitional care center presents an opportunity to develop and fine-tune mutually agreed upon pathways and protocols that help residents transition through various levels of post-acute care more efficiently and effectively.
“Virtual CCRC partnerships ultimately make for a better user experience and improve clinical outcomes,” says Ross. “Plus they can also assist each provider market their own services while ensuring residents are directed to the most appropriate setting in a timely manner.”
Participants will learn what a virtual CCRC “looks” like, and how it can create a smooth and consistent transition for residents who are in need of services, either upstream or downstream along the continuum of care, in a coordinated effective way. For more information about the PointClickCare Summit or to register visit summit.pointclickcare.com.

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Reducing Hospitalizations Through Physician Engagement: Promoting Interdisciplinary Communication

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10 27, 2017 | Posted in Event | 0 comments

Michelle Stuercke, RN, MSN, DNP, MPH, LNHA, Chief Clinical Officer with Transitional Care Management (TCM), is a featured presenter at the national PointClickCare Summit on November 6-9 in Orlando, Florida. Michelle and a panel of experts will discuss positively impacting re-hospitalization rates by fostering interdisciplinary communication and physician engagement. Hospital readmissions continue to be a focus at all levels of care. The current rate of returning to hospitals from post-acute care facilities is approximately 23%. The cost of re-hospitalizations to Medicare is approximately 17.5 billion dollars. The effect of re-hospitalizations is not only monetary, but physical and emotional as well. Research shows that approximately 45% of these hospitalizations are avoidable. The centers to be profiled in this session are post-acute care centers that specialize in high acuity. At the beginning of 2016 the centers were not using the PointClickCare INTERACT™ tools or Physician Engagement solution. The return-to-hospital rate was running as high as 50%. By the end of 2016, after the implementation of both the Change of Condition forms, QI tools and Physician Engagement tools, the return-to-hospital rate decreased to as low as 16%. The use of the Change of Condition form for effective communication, as well the physicians’ use of the Physician Engagement tool to review labs, medications, vital signs and progress notes, allowed for a more comprehensive evaluation and treatment that resulted in the prevention of unnecessary hospitalizations. For more information about the PointClickCare Summit or to register visit summit.pointclickcare.com.

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Innovative Health to Build Lisle and Aurora Communities

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01 18, 2017 | Posted in Press | 0 comments

Transitional care facilities move ahead in Lisle, Aurora

Rosemont-based Innovative Health said Monday it will break ground this summer on new short-term rehab centers in Lisle and Aurora, after winning court decisions against local competitors attempting to stop them. Innovative Health, which also plans to build more facilities in the region, already acquired the land on Ogden Avenue in Lisle and on New York Avenue in Aurora for about $1 million each. The company plans to spend another $40 million to construct the two 68-bed facilities, which will add about 200 jobs by next year.

"We're very confident that we'll fill these facilities after we did the research prior to picking the locations," said Brad Haber, principal and co-founder of Innovative Health. "These areas demonstrate a need with a lot of growth expected."

The state approved both projects last May, and zoning permits were provided by Lisle and Aurora officials. Read More

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Aging Baby Boomers Transform the Conventional Nursing Home

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06 01, 2016 | Posted in Press | 0 comments

Aging baby boomers are transforming the conventional nursing home. The stigma attached to nursing homes most often is that they're a place you go to die. The last thing baby boomers, who came of age in the '60s and '70s and practically invented youth culture, will ever admit is that they are getting old. "We feel that baby boomers as consumers want this," said Denise Norman, president of Transitional Care Management, which opened the Arlington Heights facility in September. "You've got all the medical needs, the nursing, the therapy. People expect that, but then if you can add that component of comfort, a little bit of luxury, they'll feel better faster." What sets Transitional Care apart is more than aesthetics. Like its name suggests, Transitional Care specializes in caring for people after they've been released from hospitals but aren't ready to go home. Unlike most nursing homes, it's not in the business of long-term care. The company, based in west suburban Lisle, is growing. Earlier this month state health care regulators approved Transitional Care's proposals for new facilities in Lisle and Aurora. Transitional Care is taking advantage of changing demographics. As Americans age, demand for short-term rehabilitation, also known as post-acute care, will increase. By 2040, the number of people 65 years or older will double to 82.3 million, or about one-fifth of the U.S. population. Seismic shifts in health care economics also are forcing physicians and hospitals to work more closely with providers of post-acute care to make sure patients don't return to the hospital. The forces reshaping the nursing home industry are giving consumers more choice. But the investment in facilities dedicated to short-term rehab has been slow to come to Illinois because of regulatory hurdles and opposition from within the nursing home industry. Nursing homes typically take care of two very different kinds of patients: (Read More)

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