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Update at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation

Update at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation

April 12, 2020

 

To the Community and Members of the Media:

Good afternoon and a Happy Easter to all… We provide the following update on this Sunday for your review:

  • The improvement of patients on the second floor referenced during yesterday’s update continues through today. Our estimate of the percentage of patients who are positively responding to the clinical interventions has increased to approximately 90%, as we see positive trends in nutrition, hydration and vitamin absorption. With each advancement in resident condition, we are honing our clinical approach to maximize the information we are receiving and then incorporating it into our recovery plan. We expect this to be an ongoing process, as we intervene to return our COVID-19 positive patients to their baseline (or better).
  • While we are seeing success in turning the tide relative to this virus, there are still some residents whose overall course has not been as encouraging despite the efforts of our clinical team. In those very limited cases, we are making palliative and supportive care available as requested and appropriate, and interfacing directly with residents and families to ensure that their existing needs are met in accordance with their directives. We extend our thoughts and prayers to these valued members of our community during this difficult time, and would ask that you join us in doing the same.
  • The team at Riverbend has found its cadence in managing the effects of this virus on the residents and on each other. We are bonded together like never before, and united in our commitment to #crushCOVID19… this unity of purpose is motivating, and helps carry us through the more challenging of moments.
  • Our special thank you today is directed at the several staff who provided Easter treats to the team members working on this Holiday, and to our team members who made sure that our residents were able to worship and celebrate as per their individual religious preferences. We know how important faith is, now more than ever, and it was a privilege to bring faith into the building to comfort and inspire those we serve (and one another).

 

We wish you blessings on this Easter, and will look forward to updating you again tomorrow.

Cory Schulte                                                   Maureen Purvis, RN
Administrator                                                 Director of Nursing

 

Update at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation

Update at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation

April 11, 2020

 

To the Community and Members of the Media:

Today is a new day at Riverbend, and we are continuing to see improvement in our COVID-19 experience. It is with optimism and gratitude that we share the following update with you:

  • We are seeing more and more encouraging results with our COVID-19 positive residents. As referenced yesterday, the initial grouping of patients who tested positive for the virus are located on the second floor of the Facility. After consultation with our Medical Director, the residents’ attending physicians, and our resources at the Wyandotte County Department of Health, we initiated recovery-based interventions. We have continued these interventions since that time, and are carefully monitoring and evaluating resident response and progress to assess their effectiveness. At this time, we estimate that approximately 80% of these patients are responding well; they are eating, drinking and getting out of bed, and moving toward recovery status.
  • In light of the success we are seeing with our second-floor resident population, we are assessing and refining our approach to maximize the results with our first floor, newly diagnosed residents.
  • Our nursing staff is laser focused on the clinical management of our resident community, as a whole. They are working together daily, again with the support of our physicians, to wrap their arms around the cycle of the virus and develop new strategies to anticipate and interrupt its course. We are hoping to tip the scales in favor of proactive (rather than reactive) treatment going forward, and are excited about the anticipated impact on our outcomes.
  • We wish to express our thanks to “Operation BBQ Relief” and the generous donations made by Plow Boys to the cause, who have graciously offered to provide meals to our staff over the upcoming week. To say this is appreciated is an understatement – both the actual donation of food and the spirit and love behind it have resonated with our team, and remind us of the love that exists in this community. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

We wish you all an early Happy Easter, and will look forward to updating you again tomorrow.

Cory Schulte                                                   Maureen Purvis, RN
Administrator                                                 Director of Nursing

 

Update at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation

Update at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation

April 10, 2020

 

To the Community and Members of the Media:

We understand and appreciate that there have been questions regarding the current status of the COVID-19 situation at Riverbend Post Acute. While we have been attempting to proactively communicate with families and loved ones individually, and respond to press inquiries as received, we have decided that we will communicate more globally (like we are doing here) on a daily basis, going forward. This allows us to both share what we are seeing and experiencing in the moment in a more streamlined manner, while allowing us to remain focused on the continued delivery of care and treatment to our patients without distraction or interruption.

In terms of what is taking place at Riverbend today, here is what we can share with you:

  • The Facility continues to work closely with the Wyandotte County and, specifically, its lead epidemiologist Dr. Allen Greiner, Chief Medical Officer for Wyandotte County, with respect to the way in which the COVID-19 virus is evolving in the building. Given the number of patients and employees who have tested positive for the virus, it has been determined that the Facility will be considered as fully COVID-19 positive moving forward. This approach allows us to focus on clinical interventions rather than testing and resident movement within the building. We can deliver recovery-oriented care, with the goal of facilitating our patients’ return to baseline in a shorter period of time. We are beyond grateful to Dr. Greiner and the members of his team for their expert assistance and timely response to our reports and questions; their guidance has been essential in our management of these unprecedented circumstances.
  • We are very pleased to report that a significant percentage of our residents who tested positive for COVID-19 early in the timeline are now showing signs of recovery. We are seeing an excellent response to our clinical interventions, which were developed in collaboration with and delivered under the supervision of Dr. Leslie Fields and Dr. Ryan Sears, the Facility’s Medical Directors. Seeing these improvements is uplifting to all of us, and we are thankful to Dr. Fields and Dr. Sears for their diligence and their commitment to beating this virus.
  • We also wish to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the many community members who surprised us by surrounding the facility yesterday afternoon to pray for our facility staff and residents. To unite in prayer and come together for the common good is a powerful thing – we felt it, our staff and our residents felt it, and we are better because of it. We will not allow this virus to divide or defeat us, and will overcome it together.
  • Finally, we want to reiterate the depths of our appreciation for those on the front line – our nurses, CNAs, and every single team member that shows up every single day because they care deeply about our patients and each other. There are no words to adequately express how we feel about the Riverbend family – you all truly are heroes without capes.

It is our intention that this communication will be distributed at 4pm CST on a daily basis, and posted on our Facility website thereafter. We appreciate the opportunity to be of service to our patients, their families, and the Kansas City community, and we thank you in advance for your continued support of the dedicated, passionate and amazing Riverbend team.

 

With gratitude,

Cory Schulte                                                Maureen Purvis, RN
Administrator                                              Director of Nursing

 

Updated Information/COVID-19 Virus

Updated Information/COVID-19 Virus

April 3, 2020

We write to update the community on the status of the COVID-19 situation at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation. We can confirm that we do have residents who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and those COVID positive patients who remain in the building at this time are receiving care from the Riverbend clinical team. The treatment plan for these residents is being directed and overseen by the attending physician; is being continuously monitored by the clinical staff at Riverbend; and is being managed consistent with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I am pleased to report that we are seeing improvements in several of these patients, and so appreciate our talented Facility team for their focused delivery of care.

As far as actions we are taking relative to infection prevention and management, generally, Riverbend is carefully and consistently following the direction issued by the CDC, CMS, and the State of Kansas (including Wyandotte County Health Department). A sampling of our interventions include universal masking; full PPE when interacting with COVID-positive or COVID-suspected residents; frequent handwashing; frequent use of hand sanitizer; screening and assessing employees and essential medical personnel prior to entry; Facility-wide infection surveillance; and restricting visitation as per the CMS directive of March 13, 2020. While the Facility has always had a comprehensive infection prevention program in place, we escalated our interventions early in the month of March when news of the Coronavirus began circulating; infection control remains our highest priority in the current environment.

We are fully committed to the health and welfare of the residents, families and staff whom we have the privilege to serve and who comprise the Riverbend family, and will continuously act in a manner consistent with that commitment. We are grateful to the healthcare providers who are working tirelessly to take care of our patients during these challenging times, and for the support we feel from the community.

 

Cory Schulte
Executive Director

 

Updated Information Regarding Visitation

UPDATED INFORMATION REGARDING VISITATION

EFFECTIVE MARCH 14, 2020

(*updated information is in red)

 

Dear Residents, Family and Friends:

On behalf of the entire team, we want to thank you for allowing us to care for you or your loved one.  We recognize the high level of trust that you place in us, and we are committed to providing excellent care to those whom we have the privilege to serve. Read more

COVID-19 Virus and Visitation Limitation

March 12, 2020

Re: COVID-19 Virus and Visitation Limitation

Dear Residents, Family and Friends:

On behalf of the entire team at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation, we want to thank you for allowing us to care for you or your loved one.  We recognize the high level of trust that you place in us, and we are committed to providing high quality care to those whom we have the privilege to serve.

As you are most likely aware, the country is currently united in its attempt to navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 virus. Of course, we at Riverbend have consistently been following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including following strict handwashing procedures and wearing personal protective equipment when indicated by the resident’s presenting condition. We update our infection prevention protocols as new information becomes available.  Likewise, we remain in close contact with the local and state health departments, and appreciate their ongoing guidance and support.

You may also have read or heard that there has been a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in Wyandotte County which has caused us to revisit our visitation policy. Although the patient with the positive diagnosis was not and is not in our Facility, we are taking every precaution to protect our current residents, staff and visitors.  As part of our efforts to manage this development, and in accordance with the recent guidance provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, we will be limiting visitation at this time and until further notice.  By this, we mean that individuals will not be allowed to come into the Facility, except under certain limited circumstances, such as end-of-life situations or when a visitor is essential for the resident’s emotional well-being and care. Of course, we are happy to facilitate virtual visitation by phone or FaceTime, and encourage you to remain in contact with your loved ones without in-person visitation until such time as we are able to welcome you back.

In addition to the above limitation on visitation, we are continuing to be proactive regarding any infections that could impact our community.  Please know that we are all fully engaged in taking action to minimize the possible exposure associated with this and other viruses.

We thank you for your continuing confidence, and for helping us in our attempts to keep our residents and staff safe.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns or requests for assistance.  We will keep you updated as additional information becomes available.

 

~The Team at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation

COVID-19 Virus Information and Update

Re: COVID-19 Virus Information and Update

 

Dear Residents, Family and Friends:

On behalf of the entire team, we want to thank you for allowing us to care for you or your loved one.  We recognize the high level of trust that you place in us, and we are committed to providing excellent care to those whom we have the privilege to serve. Read more