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AHN Employees talk Senior Life Connections

Check out our very own Baldemar Silva and Kris Murphy sharing information regarding our Senior Life Connections Program on the Local Authorities podcast: Check it Out



Dr. Steenburg Reception

A public reception honoring 41 years of medical service to southern Adams County by Dr. Paul Steenburg will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21 in the Geneva Town Hall meeting room (second floor) it was announced today.
Dr. Steenburg announced in May that he would be retiring from his practice of family medicine on June 30 of 2017. His initial office was located near the intersection of C.R. 950S and U.S. 27 when Dr. Steenburg was affiliated with Jay County Hospital. He later became a member of the medical staff at Adams Memorial Hospital when the hospital built the Geneva Family Medicine at 100 N. Main Street and several years ago became a hospital employee.
Dr. Steenburg noted the office will continue to operate in its current location with nurse practitioner Camille Elick-Shawver seeing patients and that Decatur Family Medicine practitioner Dr. Mark S. Gresla will come to Geneva on Tuesday to see patients as well. The hospital is also in the process of recruiting a new family doctor for Geneva Family Medicine.
A hospital statement noted that "Dr. Steenburg has been a long and valued member of the medical community in Adams County. We wish him and his wife, Lynn, a healthy and happy retirement and hope that many of his patients can join us on June 21 to thank him for his service to the community."



Summer Speed and Athletic Development with Joel Bone: High Schoolers

This developmental summer camp will consist of speed work on the track, light explosive lifting in the weight room and safe/preventative pre and post workout stability exercises. Every sprint, lift, jump, skip, lunge, etc. will be performed with 100% exertion with a high emphasis on technique and stability.
Goal: To make positive physical change in each participant and to watch those changes carry over to their sport.
High School Boys & Girls (incoming freshmen to seniors)
Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30am to 9:45am
Starts June 6th and ends August 4th
Where: Both sessions held at Bellmont High School track and weight room
Instructor Bio: Joel is a 2009 graduate of Bellmont High School where he played four years of football and baseball. He continued his education at Marian University of Indianapolis where he also played quarterback for the football team. Joel is currently the Sports Performance Specialist at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
Call or Email Joel to sign up:
(260) 724-2145 x11031
Email: joel.bone@adamshealthnetwork.org
Cost: $55



Summer Speed and Athletic Development with Joel Bone: 4th - 8th Graders

This developmental summer camp will consist of speed work on the track, light explosive lifting in the weight room and safe/preventative pre and post workout stability exercises. Every sprint, lift, jump, skip, lunge, etc. will be performed with 100% exertion with a high emphasis on technique and stability.
Goal: To make positive physical change in each participant and to watch those changes carry over to their sport.
4th grade to 8th grade Boys & Girls (incoming 4th to 8th grade)
Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00am - 12:15pm
Starts June 5th and ends August 3rd
Where: Both sessions held at Bellmont High School track and weight room
Instructor Bio: Joel is a 2009 graduate of Bellmont High School where he played four years of football and baseball. He continued his education at Marian University of Indianapolis where he also played quarterback for the football team. Joel is currently the Sports Performance Specialist at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
Call or Email Joel to sign up:
(260) 724-2145 x11031
Email: joel.bone@adamshealthnetwork.org
Cost: $55



Mental Awareness Month Week Two: Information to Share

Have you ever notice the Semi Colon Tattoo? There is a significant meaning to these tattoos for either the individual or someone they know who either attempted or committed suicide.
Project Semicolon - Mental Health & Suicide Prevention - "My Story Isn't Over Yet", which is what the semi colon represents when writing a story. PROJECT SEMICOLON'S MISSION States, "Within the belief that suicide is generally preventable, the mission of Project Semicolon is to help reduce the incidents of suicide in the world through connected community and greater access to information and resources. We believe that suicide prevention is the collective responsibility of each and every person on the planet."
The organization is dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Their work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, we know we can save lives.
Their website states since 2013 the Semi colon tattoo has saved 5.2 million people's lives.
This site not only provides valuable information on what mental illness is, but also what warning signs individuals should look for in regards to risks related to suicide. Some examples are change in mood, change in behavior, such as not going work or school, feeling disconnected, and isolating from others, and many more.
The site also provides a concerned individual tools on what to do, if they know or think someone may need help.
Taking Action, Getting Help More than a decade of research around the world has shown that early intervention can often minimize or delay symptoms, prevent hospitalization and improve prognosis. Even if a person does not yet show clear signs of a diagnosable mental illness, these "red flag" early warning symptoms can be frightening and disruptive.
Encourage the person to: Have an evaluation by a mental health or other health care professional.
Learn about mental illness, including signs and symptoms.
Receive supportive counseling about daily life and strategies for stress management.
Be monitored closely for conditions requiring more intensive care.
Each individual's situation must be assessed carefully and treatment should be individualized. Comprehensive treatment to prevent early symptoms from progressing into serious illness can include ongoing individual and family counseling, vocational and educational support, participation in a multi-family problem-solving group, and medication when appropriate.
Family members are valued partners and should be involved whenever possible. Learning about mental illness and what is happening in the brain can help individuals and families understand the significance of symptoms, how an illness might develop and what can be done to help.
Just as with other medical illnesses, early intervention can make a crucial difference in preventing what could become a serious illness. For more valuable information please visit their website: https://projectsemicolon.com/ If you know someone that is struggling and needs help, please have them call us at Adams Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health at 1-800-736-4303, for a free confidential assessment to provide the help and care someone needs who is struggling with a mental illness.



May is Mental Health Awareness Month


May is Mental Health Awareness Month, Adams Health Network has 4 ways of serving your Behavioral Health needs: Inpatient, Outpatient, Geritatric IOP, and Partial Groups!



AMH Accepted by the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust for 2017 Funds

Women that meet the financial criteria can use the trust to cover their mammography services.
Included services are:
• Screening mammograms
• Diagnostic mammograms
• Breast ultrasounds
• Breast MRI's
• Ultrasound guided breast biopsies
Please encourage any women who could use this grant to inquire through AMH's central scheduling department at 724-2145 x11047.



Adams Memorial Hospital's Worthman Fitness Center helps people adopt healthy eating habits!

Worthman Fitness Center, as part of their continued efforts in improving the health of Adams County residents and the surrounding communities, is pleased to announce that they are now offering the Healthy Eating Every Day program.
Healthy Eating Every Day (HEED) uses a unique approach to help people improve their eating habits. While public health guidelines tell people what to eat; HEED's lifestyle approach shows them how to make that happen. HEED is a behavior change program developed by Human Kinetics and the Cooper Institute that helps people improve their quality of life through better nutrition.
This personalized, habit-changing program tackles the underlying causes of unhealthy eating and introduces the tools to help people counter those causes.
In each session of the program, participants uncover a new skill that they can carry into their daily lives to make changes gradually for long-term results. These skills include the following:
 •Identifying and learning to overcome triggers to unhealthy eating
 •Learning to make healthy food choices at work, at home, when traveling, when shopping for food, and while dining out
 •Discovering how to eat well, even when life is hectic
 •Discerning the truth about nutrition information in the media
Healthy Eating Every Day also provides a personalized and sensible approach to eating well that people enjoy and can live with. Participants choose to work on any of five different goal areas, based on their needs, lifestyles and personal preferences. The program doesn't place restrictions on any foods; rather people learn to eat a balanced diet while still enjoying foods they like. Class is taught by a certified Medical Exercise Specialist and Certified Health Coach, who specializes in behavioral changes in weight management.
Adams Memorial Hospital's Healthy Eating Every Day classes will meet once a week for 14 weeks beginning February 6th and will run through May 17th. Classes will meet on Monday evenings from 6-7pm OR on Wednesday mornings from 6:30-7:30am at AMH, Decatur Room 2.
Pre-registration is required and is open now through February 6th. Cost is $10 per class and payment can be made in 2 separate increments. Space is limited so don't delay. Contact the Worthman Fitness Center at 260.724.2145, Ext. 11036 for more information or to register.



AMH Accepted By The Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust For 2017 Funds

Women that meet the financial criteria can use the trust to cover their mammography services. Included services are:
· Screening mammograms
· Diagnostic mammograms
· Breast ultrasounds
· Breast MRI's
· Ultrasound guided breast biopsies
Please encourage any women who could use this grant to inquire through AMH's central scheduling department at 724-2145 x11047.



Adams Woodcrest and Adams Heritage Receive Awards

Both Adams Woodcrest in Decatur, IN and Adams Heritage in Monroeville, IN have been recognized as 2016 recipients of the Bronze Commitment to Quality Awards for their dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care initiatives.
The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long term and post-acute care. The program honors providers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.
"It's an honor to be recognized for the hard work and quality of care our team provides every day," said Adams Woodcrest Administrator Craig Prokupek. "We are committed to providing high-quality, person-centered care to our residents and their families. We will never stop improving."
Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is the foundation of the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.
The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers' expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award, AMH may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver Achievement in Quality Award.
The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL's 67th Annual Convention and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee, October 16-19, 2016.



New Senior Psych Program

Seniors needing a helping hand to get their life back to normal have a new resource with the Senior Life Connections program recently started through the Adams Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Unit.
AMH Chief Nursing Officer Theresa Bradtmiller noted it is not uncommon for senior citizens to have symptoms such as being depressed, having unresolved grief, being anxious or nervous, fears of isolation or loneliness, anger, low self-esteem, personality changes, and difficulty in coping with physical or health changes.
"Senior Life Connections is a helping hand for those who need to get their life back on track. Our trained professionals can offer the proper guidance and attention a person needs for an improved lifestyle as well as overall better health," she said.
All services rendered are completely confidential and include group, individual, and family therapy as well as medication management for the patient. The care given to patients is coordinated with their primary care physician as well so the doctor can continue to work with the patient after the patient is done with the program. Currently, treatment is scheduled for three hours a day for three days a week. Bradtmiller said most patients are in treatment between six to 12 weeks and added "our goal is to help patients safely return to the optimal style of living. Senior Life Connections treatment fosters true healing and hope is just around the corner for our patients." Bradtmiller said problems dealt with in Senior Life Connections are not unique to just senior citizens. "Many problems like depression, anxiety, the loss of a loved one, and declining physical ability are not normal at any age," she stressed.
The treatment team for the Senior Life Connections includes a medical doctor, nurse, program director, primary therapist, and clerk and they all work together to benefit the patient, family members, and the family doctor. A Senior Life Connections brochure quotes an anonymous former patient who said "Senior Life Connections has helped me so much in my life where I thought there was no help. They are great people who care, are concerned, are loving, and are always there for you. I have been in therapy before, but never like this." For more information about how to seek guidance to cope with life's challenges, people are encouraged to call 724-2145, ext. 13430.



Rehabilitation Services featured on 21 Alive Insight

Our Rehabilitation Department will be featured on 21 Alive Insight on the fourth Tuesday of every month for the next eight months.
Check it out on 21 Alive's website.



AHN Welcomes Craig Prokupek
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New Adams Woodcrest administrator Craig Prokupek is certainly not experiencing his first rodeo when it comes to taking over the top position for the facility owned by the Adams Health Network.
Prokupek’s entire work career has centered around directing nursing facilities and he comes to the Decatur-based operation after having been the administrator of the Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla since 1999. Prior to that, he had been with Miller’s Merry Manor in Fort Wayne and LaGrange from 1989-1999 after getting his first administrator’s job in a privately-owned skilled nursing facility in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1982.
“Adams Woodcrest is a great place to be for me. Just in the short time I’ve been here, it is very evident that you can tell the team here works well together and is very caring. Their priority is caring for residents like they are family members,” he remarked. Prokupek said “it’s really a blessing that Adams Woodcrest is part of a hospital-based organization, especially one that has local ownership is and not one directed by a corporation. Just take a look here. The campus is very beautiful. Who wouldn’t want their home to look this nice? I believe that Adams Woodcrest is a great addition to the community and serves our community with great compassion and involvement.” He said he was drawn to Adams Woodcrest by former interim director Jim Cross.
“I’ve been friends with Jim for over 20 years and he had been an interim administrator in numerous places during that time, including the past year or so at Adams Woodcrest. He encouraged me to apply for the position and said I’d never find a better place to be. It’s a new challenge for me to move on and is one I’m very much looking forward to having,” he said.
A key to the success of Adams Woodcrest is its ability to provide a continuum of care for its residents. “We have it all right here on campus whether a resident is looking for nursing care, independent care, or assisted living. Then being so close to the hospital with the facilities there, it just adds another dimension to our ability to provide the level of care our residents need,” he added.
A 1980 graduate of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, with a degree in history and business administration, Prokupek was an administrator in training from 1980 to 1982 at Rock Island Nursing Center in Rock Island, Illinois. While learning the ropes of being an administrator there, he assisted in the day-to-day operation of a 172-bed privately-owned skilled nursing facility. His next two positions, in South Dakota and with Miller’s Merry Manor in LaGrange he also directed the day-to-day operations for skill nursing facilities. In 1993, Prokupek became a senior administrator with Millers providing not only direct oversight to a 77-bed skilled nursing facility but he also supervised and mentored administrators at three other Miller campus locations.
While an administrator at Sacred Heart, he oversaw an organization that started initially as just a nursing home but underwent significant growth including independent living duplexes, the St. Paul’s Dining addition, 36 assisted living apartments and eight Medicare suites. He oversaw a process that received Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants to increase services and Sacred Heart consistently achieved high resident and employee satisfaction surveys as well as being in the U.S. News and World Report “Top 100” multiple times. Today, that facility provides a full continuum of care for 227 residents ranging in status from skilled nursing, short-stay and outpatient rehab, memory care, assisted living and independent living.”

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