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RACE RAISES $30,600 FOR TENNESSEE BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOME

The Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes (TBCH), an organization that provides loving homes for children in crisis, doubled its goal by raising $30,600 at the annual Run for Kids event on April 16 in Brentwood.

Proceeds from the race directly benefit the care of up to 33 children at any one time. TBCH is funded privately and does not accept government grants.

“It is incredible how much the Nashville community came out to support our organization and its children we care for,” said Jeff McGinnis, Middle Tennessee Regional Development Officer. “To my knowledge, this is the most we’ve ever raised. I want to give a huge ‘thank you’ to our title sponsor, The Gardner School. Because of them, all of our expenses were paid which means every cent collected from runners went directly to help care for the children in our care.”

Run for Kids is an annual event that invites the surrounding communities to support children in crisis. These children come into the care of TBCH to lead as much of a normal life as possible.

Funds and awareness raised from the Run for Kids and Kars4Kids Nashville events help to provide care, security and support necessary to help raise them.

The Run for Kids event included a 5K Run/Walk, 2-Mile Family Fun Run and a 1-Mile Kids

Run. In conjunction with the races, TBCH held a Kars4Kids Nashville show after the race showcasing vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles. Kars4Kids Nashville raised funds for the kids and house parents’ summer activities fund.

For more information about the annual event, visit TNRunForKids.org or learn more about TBCH and its fundraising efforts at TennesseeChildren.org.

BROOKDALE’S NEW STUDENT LOAN REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM AIMS TO BRING MORE NURSES TO ASSISTED LIVING

America’s nursing shortage, combined with a soaring aging population, has prompted the nation’s largest senior living provider to launch a student loan reimbursement program to encourage more nurses to work in assisted living.

Brentwood-based Brookdale’s initiative comes as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the country’s nurse shortfall will exceed one million by 2022.

At Brookdale assisted living communities, nurses are hired as health and wellness directors. They oversee clinical services, lead health and wellness programming, and manage care associates.

“This is a different kind of path than hospital nursing and it is a very important one,” said Kim Estes, senior vice president of clinical services for Brookdale. “Rather than providing hands-on care, these nurses shape the overall quality and content of care their community’s seniors receive on a daily basis.”

The new initiative will reimburse up to $7,000 of a newly hired Brookdale health and wellness director’s student loans. The program is in addition to the educational reimbursement program already in place at Brookdale.

The position can be a match for nurses with a range of experience, including those who are recently graduated.

Brookdale’s launch of the nurse student loan reimbursement initiative coincided with National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12. To apply for a position with Brookdale, visit BrookdaleCareers.com.

FOUR QUORUM CLIENT HOSPITALS NAMED AS 2016 SAFECARE HOSPITALS

Four Quorum Health Resources (Quorum) client hospitals were named as 2016 100 SafeCare Hospitals.

“We are very proud to see Quorum client hospitals recognized for leading the way in healthcare improvement,” said Quorum President and CEO Mickey Bilbrey. “These facilities are excelling in the evidence-based metrics of healthcare quality, patient safety and efficiency of care.”

The SafeCare Group® published the first 100 SafeCare Hospitals® listing in 2013 to recognize hospitals that excelled in evidence-based areas that are required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). SafeCare Hospitals excel in the areas of Hospital Value Based Program (HVBP), Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) and Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP). The 100 SafeCare Hospitals® is based upon the SafeCare framework adopted and derived from – HVBP, HACRP and HRRP metrics of the ACA.

For more information, please visit QHR.com.