The Construction Corner – June 18, 2021

This issue includes:

  • A picture update of the Hawthorne and Corrigan construction.
  • A guide to what construction is doing at PVN from Monday, June 21 to Friday, June 25,
  • A questions that need answers segment and more!
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Forefront Living Announces Arrival of Corporate Director of Health Services

We are delighted to announce Kim Cook as the Corporate Director of Health Services for Forefront Living. Kim is a registered nurse with over 30 years of healthcare experience and enjoys working with seniors. We are fortunate to have her as part of the team.

Prior to joining Forefront Living, Kim served Christian Care Communities and Services for 21 years in various roles. The last two years as Chief Experience Officer and previously as the Corporate Director of Clinical Services. Her responsibilities included operations for three Continuing Care Retirement Communities, including Home Health and Hospice in the DFW area. Her expertise includes developing, monitoring and implementing clinical best practice programs and leading teammate development initiatives.

When she’s not at work, Kim enjoys drawing and spending time with her family. Kim looks forward to working with the Forefront Living family and all those we serve.

For more information about the services Forefront Living offers, please visit forefrontliving.org/our-services.

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The Construction Corner – June 11, 2021

This issue includes:

  • A picture update of the Hawthorne and Corrigan construction.
  • A guide to what construction is doing at PVN from Monday, June 14 to Friday, June 18,
  • A questions that need answers segment and more!
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The Construction Corner – June 4, 2021

This issue includes:

  • A picture update of the Hawthorne and Corrigan construction,
  • A guide to what construction is doing at PVN from Monday, June 7 to Friday, June 11.

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The Construction Corner – May 28, 2021

This issue includes:

  • A picture update of the Hawthorne and Corrigan construction.
  • A guide to what construction is doing at PVN from Monday, May 31 to Friday, June 4,
  • A questions that need answers segment and more!
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Care Partner 24-Hour Home Care Gifts the PVN Foundation Over $600

On May 27, Presbyterian Village North’s (PVN) care partner 24 Hour Home Care gifted the PVN Foundation with $655.36 to enhance the resident experience. This donation will be used by PVN’s life enrichment department to increase resident engagement through various events.

24 Hour Home Care is a Dallas-based provider of non-medical in-home care services. They partner with PVN to provide light housekeeping, meal preparation, companionship, medication reminders and many other services for residents.

In addition to rendering these services, 24 Hour Home Care allows residents to allot a percentage of their payments to a charity of their choosing. Many of the residents select the PVN Foundation as their charity of choice.

For more information on services offered at PVN, click here.

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The Construction Corner – May 21, 2021

This issue includes:

  • A picture update of the Hawthorne and Corrigan construction.
  • A guide to what construction is doing at PVN from Monday, May 24 to Friday, May 28,
  • A questions that need answers segment and more!
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Faith Presbyterian Hospice Hosts Meeting With UT Southwestern On May 19

Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Visiting Nurse Association of Texas (VNA) and UT Southwestern participated in a kick-off partnership meeting on Wednesday, May 19 at the Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Education Center. Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Visiting Nurse Association of Texas and UT Southwestern are partnering together in a SUN-RISE research study. This study is designed to understand what happens with advanced cancers after patients stopped receiving anticancer therapy.

“I’m honored to partner with UTSW and VNA,” said John Mezo, executive director of Faith. “The founders of the T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center had research in mind as they were dreaming of the center, and to be able to take part in a study with the goals of improving diagnosing and prognostication, plus the possibility of improving treatment of cancer, is very exciting.”

The meeting was held to review the objectives of the research study, begin preparing protocols for collection and shipment of specimens. The group also celebrated the approval by the Internal Review Board by UT Southwestern for the research study.

During the study, approximately 200 patients’ blood will be analyzed for the purposes of better understanding how cancer behaves, and what happens to the body. Further, to better equip hospice clinicians with information to manage symptoms of specific cancers. 

“We were considered as the first choice to participate due to our clinical expertise and the volume of patients treated at The T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center,” said Mezo. “Our hope is that the research will find different markers earlier in the patient’s decline, that will provide definitive prognosis information thus confirming that a patient should enter hospice care at an earlier time in their decline. Lastly, our hope is the research will identify specific markers that should be treated to mitigate pain more effectively.”

The Principal Investigators for the SUN-RISE Research Study are Faith’s Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director, Michael Bond, Matteo Ligorio and Kelley Newcomer​. 

For more information about Faith and the service offered, please visit faithpreshospice.org.

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Mary Gallegos Receives Stewardship Award

Faith Presbyterian Hospice’s Patient Care Secretary, Mary Gallegos received the Forefront Living Foundation Stewardship Award during the board meeting held on May 20.

The Stewardship Award is given quarterly to one teammate of Forefront Living or its entities, that displays the values of diversity, integrity, compassion and, of course, stewardship. This ideal recipient of this honor is someone who encourages patients, families and their fellow co-workers to thrive on a daily basis.

Gallegos was nominated by John Mezo, executive director of Faith Presbyterian Hospice because of her consistency and dedication to quality work.

“Mary is selected for the Stewardship Award due to her diligent handling of many things with our value of stewardship in mind,” said Mezo, “Mary is a compassionate teammate who exemplifies the Forefront Living values and is very deserving of this quarter’s Stewardship Award.”

Mary supports two Faith teams with an average daily census of 110 patients combined and thoughtfully reviews the locations of each teammate to identify the appropriate individual closest to the patient in need in the case of an emergency. She also works closely with her teammates to confirm the appropriate documentation is submitted to ensure every dollar available for billing and collections is received. 

The Stewardship Award began in 2019 as a way to showcase Forefront Living’s appreciation for teammates with exceptional work ethic. The recipient receives an acorn as recognition.

At the Forefront Living Foundation, the acorn was originally only given to donors to signify planting a seed of strength that binds their new relationship with the organization. Now, it is presented to the recipients of the Stewardship Award as well as donors to acknowledge their value and demonstrate how the donors’ gifts are cared for by the teammates.

The next Stewardship Award will be presented during August’s board meeting.

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