Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pathways Health Care and Rehabilitation Center Receives Highest Rating From U.S. News and World Report

Pathways Health Care and RehabilitationCenter has received the highest possible overall retain of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s fifth annual Best Nursing Homes, available exclusively at  


The Best Nursing Homes 2013 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out oaf nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide.  U.S. News’s goal is to help users find a home with a strong tracker cord of good care.


Best Nursing Homes draws on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories—health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care—and gives each an overall rating.


U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to homes that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2013.


Along with the ratings, U.S. News has published a series of articles and a step-by-step video to guide users in choosing the right nursing home.  The articles and ratings are exclusive to the web site and aren’t expected to appear in print.


“Fewer than one out of every five nursing homes got an overall rating of five stars,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor.  “All seniors deserve the best nursing care available, and these are homes that merit their consideration by demonstrating such high quality.”

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Midway Personal Care Offers Summer Respite Program

Midway Personal Care is offering a special respite program for caregivers of senior family members who are planning vacations this summer.

"It is very important for caregivers to know that their family members are well cared for while they are away," said Barry Fineman, Director of Personal Care Marketing.

A summer respite guest will receive the same services and amenities as other Midway residents, including 24-hour supervision, assistance with daily tasks such as dressing, bathing, grooming, mobility, and medication administration. Each room is equipped with a call bell and a powder room. They will join with other residents for three meals a day in the Midway private dining room and may participate in all recreational activities that are led by PPh's trained professional activities staff.    

One room will be set aside for summer respite and there is a one-week minimum stay. For more information, contact Barry Fineman at 215-697-8031.

Wellness Symposium: Learning How To Be Fit and Healthy For Life

Over 300 visitors attended PPh’s March 22 Wellness Symposium, which featured information on ways one can live a healthy lifestyle at any age.

There were over 25 notable exhibitors, including Academy Injury and Health, Bayada Home Health Care, Burholme EMS, Contact Philadelphia, Evercare, Goodwin Hearing Aid Center, Jean Madeline Aveda Institute, Jeanes Hospital, JCC Klein Wellness Center, Lincoln Technical Institute, Mary Kay Beauty & Skin Care, Northeast Meals on Wheels, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, PPh Wellness Center & Beauty Salon, Southeastern Home Health, the VA Medical Center of Philadelphia, and Wellness Resolutions.

Staff got a chance to have some fun at their own PPhunky PPhitness PPhriday event.  Wellness, Human Resource, Rec Therapy, Dining Service and Finance employees got into the spirit, making up dances to such tunes as “I Always Feel Like, Somebody’s Watchin Me!” and “Money: That’s What I Want.”  Others took a turn in the moon bounce to let off some steam.   

The Wellness Department gets into PPhunky PPhitness PPhriday!

Jeanes Hospital offered blood pressure checks.

A hand massage always feels good.

The over 25 exhibitors filled the social hall.


PPh Transformed Into A Wee Bit of Ireland for St. Pat's Party

T’was good day to be Irish, when PPh celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 15.  The band Philly Fun Times, made up of current and retired Mummers, played some old favorites while revelers did a jig or two.  Partiers kept up their strength snacking on Irish potatoes and sipping on a wee bit of brew.  The Philadelphia Protestant Home

A leprechaun (A.K.A. Tim Corcoran) stopped into PPh for a dance on his way to his pot of gold.

The band Philly Fun Times is made up of veteran string band musicians.

The leprechaun (A.K.A.) Tim Corcoran took to the dance floor with Margaret Kinser.

The band Philly Fun Times kept the party going.

Carol Rhodes and friend Mary enjoyed the food, drink and fun.

Charlotte Cochran grabs a dance from a leprechaun (A.K.A. her son Tim).

Clare Robinson dances the jig with the leprechaun (A.K.A Tim Corcoran).

Dorothea Burke does a reel with a visiting leprechaun A.K.A. Tim Corcoran.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

State Senator Kitchen Spreads the Love at PPh

Third District State Senator Shirley Kitchen hosted a Valentine’s Day luncheon for 125 community seniors on February 14 at PPh.  The event was co-sponsored by NewCourtland, Bravo Health, and The Philadelphia Protestant Home

Over a light lunch, Senator Kitchen addressed the attendees, highlighting her senatorial office’s services and sharing updates about legislative issues.  Jacqueline Jefferson from the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (C.A.R.I.E.) spoke about Medicaid fraud and its prevention.    

The highlight of the event was the song stylings of Siddiq Williams, who did a spot-on tribute to Barry White and serenaded the audience with soulful love songs.

Attendees listen as Sen. Kitchen speaks about constituent services and state government issues.

Siddiq Williams (A.K.A. Barry White) sings soulful love songs.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Philadelphia Protestant Home Earns Top Rating in Recent Survey

Pathways Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
Placing it in the top tier of personal care and health care facilities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Protestant Home’s (PPh) Midway/Webb Personal Care and Pathways Heath Care and Rehabilitation Center were found to have “zero deficiencies” during their annual Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and Department of Health (DOH) surveys, which took place in June and December 2012, respectively. 
“This is the first time that Midway and Pathways have achieved zero deficiencies in surveys conducted in the same year,” said Anthony Manzo, President and CEO of The Philadelphia Protestant Home. “It is a testament to the dedication and professionalism of the staff in both levels of care.”
The Midway Personal Care unannounced annual survey was conducted by a team from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare.  As part of the survey, auditors examine charts, interview residents and staff, monitor medication dispensing, examine the physical facilities, and review policies and procedures.
Auditors conducted a Licensing Indicator Survey, which is a shortened version of the comprehensive inspection.  It uses a tool designed to measure compliance with a small number of regulations that predicts compliance with all the regulations.  If the Personal Care home is in compliance with all the regulations measured in the licensing tool, high compliance with all regulations is statistically predicted.  Midway Personal Care achieved a zero deficiency rating from DPW.     
“The reason that PPh qualified for the shorter Licensing Indicator Survey was because we only had a few minor violations in 2011,” said Maryann Parisse, Administrator, Independent Living and Personal Care.
Pathways Health Care and Rehabilitation Center’s annual survey was conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).  The DOH surveyors did an onsite inspection to determine that the facility is in compliance with the regulations set forth by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services for Long Term Care.
As participants of Medicare and Medicaid programs, PPh is required to meet certain requirements per regulation for the health and safety of the individuals to whom services are furnished.
The DOH survey is a long process with four to five surveyors in the facility for four to six days.  The surveyors inspect the physical environment, nursing services, dietary services, physician services, residents’ rights, and quality of care, along with other administrative areas.  The surveyors concentrate on interviewing residents, family, and staff to assure compliance.  
“At the core of our success in health care is a unique commitment by our staff to improve the lives of our residents so as to ensure quality of care and quality of life for all residents and a sense of peace and comfort for our families,” said Annie Varughese, RN, C, MSN, NHA, Administrator, Health Care.
 As a result of its continued record of excellence, Pathways Heath Care and Rehabilitation Center has earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and was named one of the top nursing homes in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
The Philadelphia Protestant Home (PPh) is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located on 12-1/2 acres in the Lawndale section of Northeast Philadelphia – home to nearly 600 residents in Independent Living, Personal Care, and Health Care.  PPh has been providing care to seniors for over 120 years. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

PPh Veterans Group Marks Pearl Harbor Day

The Philadelphia Protestant Home Veterans Group marked Pearl Harbor Day with a ceremony on December 7, which culminated in the raising and lowering of the American flag to half mast. 
Security Officer Reginald Davis assists residents Donald Bresnan (left) and Ernest Miller with the raising of the American flag. All three men are U.S. military veterans.

Resident George McCullen plays Taps in honor of those who died.
Veteran Alice Durham leads "God Bless America," as fellow resident Lydia Eichner joins in the singing.