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Culture change and quality of life is a way of life here at Pigeon Forge Care and Rehab Center….that includes folks from various departments getting into the spirit and working to make the environment special for the folks who live here.   Daryl and Gary, who work in our Plant Operations Department, spent time recently constructing this nativity scene in the courtyard for the elders, patients, staff, and others to enjoy. 

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On November 13th, 2014, we held our Stakeholder Appreciation Dinner. This dinner was held to honor stakeholders that have been with us at least five, ten, or twenty years! Three residents spoke in honor of the honored staff members, but all of our residents expressed grateful appreciation for the hard work that our stakeholders put in, especially the wonderful efforts to make our environment not just a health care environment, but a home.

Administrator Keith Boyce said, “I’m personally appreciative of the hard work that all these folks have put in over the years. There isn’t an easy job in health care these days, and to spend five, ten, or twenty years working on behalf of others is truly an accomplishment.”

We offer a heartfelt thank you to the following stakeholders for their years of service.

5+ Years of Service

  • Leah Best (5 years)
  • Pat Henry (5 years)
  • Charlotte Diane Hall (5 years)
  • Ashley Heptinstall (5 years)
  • Jay Rowlett (5 years)
  • Anna Weaver (6 years)
  • Pam Marcum (6 years)
  • Cody Chipley (6 years)
  • Michelle Dums (7 years)
  • Shanna Love (8 years)
  • Ashley Tuterow (8 years)
  • Rebecca Ogle (9 years)

 

10+ Years of Service

  • Geraldine Johnson (11 years)
  • Sharon Edwards (11 years)

20+ Years of Service

  • Ernie McMahan (20 years)
  • Darryl Galyon (20 years)
  • Carla Hart (22 years)
  • Glenda Trentham (23 years)
  • Jana Montgomery (25 years)

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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.

Signature recently held its Hometown Film Festival, an annual event in which nursing home residents create original films to compete for funds to go on vacation. Scripts are largely written by nursing home residents, who also star in the films. In 2014, more than 25 films were submitting, including the one above by Pigeon Forge Care & Rehab.

We hope you enjoy!

Pigeon Forge Job Fair

Thursday, OCTOBER 23, FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM

Hiring for these positions:

  • RNs
  • LPNs
  • CNAs

Competitive compensation and benefits offered for full-time.

Visit MySignatureJourney.com for more information or to apply!

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On October 9th, Pigeon Forge Care and Rehab Center celebrated the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony!

Current Resident Barbara Flynn, former Residents Melvin Carr and John Cottongim, current stakeholder (employee) Ernie McMahan, and volunteers (The Lawsons) were all inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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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What is the Eden Alternative?  The shortest answer is that it is a way of bringing culture change to the overall environment of care and living within a community such as Pigeon Forge Care and Rehab Center.  Developed more than 20 years ago by Dr. Bill Thomas from New York, it’s a journey that some centers/communities choose to embark on where the environment and culture is improved for the benefit of the elders living in that community (facility).   It involves changing mindsets and perspectives of how to view the work that has to be done.  It involves asking questions of the elders (residents/patients) of how they want to receive care and how they want to live life.  It involves pets, plants, kids, and purposeful and meaningful activities, among other initiatives.  It involves working on ways to help reduce helplessness, boredom, and loneliness that often affects people living outside their regular home.

For two full days, department head team leaders led our in-training to involve as many team members as possible to learn about the 10 principles of the Eden Alternative.  Participants rotated through class training sessions in groups of about 12-15 and learned about each principle along the way.   Many team members expressed that they wanted to be a part of making things better and renewed their commitment to work together as a team to accomplish these goals.

The Eden journey is never-ending, but currently Pigeon Forge is working on accomplishing Milestone #1 on the Eden journey.  Please feel free to stop by and talk to any team member if you have questions or ideas to share!

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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Pigeon Forge Care & Rehab competed alongside eight other nursing homes in a regional Senior Olympics games event. See press coverage below from The Mountain Press.

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