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Month: November 2018

Moments with Marty

Written by: CSP-Admin

Three weeks ago, I attended the Leading Age national conference in Philadelphia. Leading Age is the organization that represents the not-for-profit eldercare providers in the United States and Canada. Over 7,000 people attend the conference each year.

Shortly after I landed in Philadelphia after the 5-hour flight from Portland, I learned of the horrific attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. As I walked through the terminal, I was struck by the large groups of people that had gathered around the tv monitors in the waiting in the areas. I, too, stopped and watched for a few minutes. Looking around, I noticed several people in tears. “How can something like this happen in our country?”, was the refrain I heard repeated several times.

Needless to say, the attack and its aftermath had me mournful. It was not a night to socialize. I stayed in my hotel room and watched the news.

I awoke the next morning still feeling somber. The first session of the conference started at 8:00 am Sunday morning. I had signed up for a 4-hour session on hospice. An important topic, but I wondered whether this was really the subject I needed to hear about that morning. I entered to conference to find the seats were filling up quickly. I took a seat at a table with one seat remaining. We all introduced ourselves. It turned out that my tablemates were from Lutheran, Methodist, and Catholic mission-based organizations in the east and mid-west. When I told them, I was from a Jewish organization, all three immediately expressed their condolences on the shooting in Pittsburgh. One even asked me what she could do that day to help. My spirits were lifted hearing their kind words to this total stranger. In retrospect, I should not have been surprised. This was after all a Leading Age conference, an organization of diverse senior care providers, whose missions are based on compassion and caring.

When I returned to CSP later in the week my spirits were lifted yet again by the generosity of spirit shown by a group of residents from Mary’s Woods, the Catholic mission-based life plan community. A group of residents had sent a beautiful note of condolence to the residents of Rose Schnitzer Manor. It appears below.

Dear Residents of Cedar Sinai Park,
It is with great sadness that we reach out to you
today in response to the shooting at the Tree of
Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We stand in
solidarity with you as you mourn the loss of your
brothers and sisters in faith. We offer our thoughts
and prayers in hopes that it will bring you comfort
in this terrible time.

Our deepest condolences,
Residents of Mary’s Woods

As it happens, I recently finished reading the book, The Compassionate Achiever, by Christopher L. Kukk, Ph.D., a veteran of the United States military and intelligences services, and currently a college professor in Connecticut. In the book Kukk writes about making the world a more compassionate place. He speaks about starting at the local level with our day-to-day interactions. “All of your personal interactions are like small stones of compassion dropped into a pond, creating ripples that reach far beyond you.” I couldn’t help but think about my conversation at that table in Philadelphia, the offer to help, and the beautiful note from our friends at Mary’s Woods. The ripples from the kindness they showed reached across the country and back. “Compassion is contagious” wrote Kukk. “Your acts of compassion will make others more likely to act with compassion.”

I couldn’t agree more.


Marty Baicker, CEO
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Studies Show the Benefits of Post-Acute Rehab

Written by: CSP-Admin

A Research Recap for Medical Professionals

Where patients choose to recover after they leave the hospital can make a significant difference in the quality and speed of their recovery.

Although there has been a significant amount of new data being reported about post-hospital care as part of the Affordable Care Act’s changes, it can make comparing outcomes of similar patients difficult. Some of the increased data reports have made it hard to assess whether there is any advantage to one type of post-hospital care over another. One of the reasons for this is that the standard data doesn’t take into account the starting health condition of the patient.

Detailed Studies Show Improved Outcomes with Post-Acute Rehab

Recent detailed studies that have separated and analyzed the data based on health conditions show that patients who were treated in post-acute rehabilitation facilities fare better than patients of similar conditions that received traditional nursing or in-home care.

A study commissioned by ARA Research Institute, an affiliate of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association, found that patients receiving post-acute rehab services live longer, spend more days at home and fewer days in healthcare institutions, and have fewer emergency room visits than those who receive traditional nursing care.

An analysis reported this summer at Rollins School of Public Health Conference for Health Economists also indicated that while in-home care can be a very good option for stronger, healthier patients, higher care in-patient settings lead to fewer re-hospitalizations.

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association’s Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery, published in 2016, noted there is strong evidence that organized, medically-supervised stroke rehab not only reduces mortality rates and the likelihood of institutional care and long-term disability, but also enhances functional recovery and increases independence in daily living activities.

SW Portland’s Newest Post-Acute Rehab Center is Delivery Results

The benefit of post-acute rehab drove Cedar Sinai Park to expand its campus in 2017 and introduce the New Robison Health & Rehabilitation Center.

The new Robison Health & Rehabilitation Center offers highly-individualized physical, occupational, and speech therapy programs, a well-equipped therapy gym, and a state-of-the-art facility. Our new rehab center offers 24/7 medical oversight by Nurse Practioners and our Certified Medical Director, Kirsten Carr, MD/CMD. We offer dietitian-supervised therapeutic diets and all private rooms with bathrooms and showers, including specially designed bariatric units. Our patients can enjoy a wide variety of wellness-centered activities on our campus and top-rated food selections for in-room dining.

Independent 2018 data show the new Robison Rehab Center is ranked “best in class” for patient satisfaction and the functional improvement scores of patients were better than the comparison group of 32 Oregon peers. Robison Rehab is Medicare-certified and is approved by United Healthcare and most other leading insurance plans.

About Us

Robison Health & Rehabilitation Center is a part of Cedar Sinai Park, a nonprofit organization founded in 1920 on the core Jewish values of love, honor and respect. Cedar Sinai Park warmly welcomes people of all faiths and also offers Assisted Living, In-Home Care, Adult Day Services and Long-Term Care.

To learn more about our rehab services, inquire about an admission, or take a tour at any time, call 503.535.4300. We have dedicated Admissions professionals ready to help hospital staff and patients make a smooth transition from hospital to recovery.


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