Barstow Veterans Home Passes Resurvey.
Business Editors/Health and Medical Writers
SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BW HealthWire)--Feb. 29, 2000
Tomas Alvarado, secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Affairs is a term of the business that deals with the relation between a government and its veteran communities, usually administered by the designated government agency. , today announced that the Veterans Home of California (VHC VHC Virginia Horse Center (Lexington, Virginia)
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VHC Valdez Heli-Camps (Valdez, AK) )-Barstow passed the resurvey re·sur·vey
tr.v. re·sur·veyed, re·sur·vey·ing, re·sur·veys
To survey or study anew.
A new survey or study.
Noun 1. conducted by the state Department of Health Services Department of Health Services may refer to:
DHS Department of Human Services
DHS Department of Health Services
DHS Demographic and Health Surveys
DHS Dirhams (Morocco national currency) ).
"I am extremely gratified grat·i·fy
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.
2. that all of our hard work has produced this outcome. I am also confident that, as a result, there has been an overall improvement in the care veterans receive at the Barstow home," said Secretary Alvarado.
"I personally know of the quality of care offered at the veterans home in Barstow. That's where I spent most of January and February, working with the dedicated Barstow staff to ensure the veterans home passed the DHS resurvey."
Alvarado's number one concern has been and will continue to be the health and safety of the veterans.
After DHS conducted a survey of the Barstow home and found areas requiring improvement, Alvarado implemented an action plan to correct the deficiencies. Alvarado took charge personally in Barstow, leading a team that included staff in Barstow and from Sacramento, Yountville and Chula Vista Chula Vista (ch`lə), city (1990 pop. 135,163), San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1911. as they worked with DHS to pass the resurvey.
The secretary appreciated the assistance of DHS and praised both departments for their commitment to resolve outstanding concerns.
"I am especially proud of the dedication, hard work and long hours put forth by everyone who helped achieve this success."
"This success story demonstrates Gov. Gray Davis' commitment to the veterans of California. Together we are committed to providing and ensuring the best possible care at all our veterans homes," said Alvarado.
As the Legislature considers Gov. Gray Davis' proposed budget for fiscal year 2000-01, Alvarado today spotlighted the proposals, important to state veterans home residents.
"I have a plan I call aging with dignity," said Governor Davis, "and I'm a big believer in honoring the generations that preceded us. I don't give a speech without reminding people how fortunate we are to be living in America in the year 2000. People fought wars, including World War II. They came back and they built roads and they built hospitals and they created opportunities. They didn't really get a chance to take advantage of it. We're reaping the benefits. So we have to find some way of giving back. Well, as that generation that basically sacrificed and led us to our great good fortune ages, we have a particular obligation to them." (a)
Governor Davis' budget proposes improvements to the Barstow and Yountville campuses to ensure that resident veterans receive top-notch nursing and medical care and that each resident's quality of life is enhanced by plentiful recreational and rehabilitative re·ha·bil·i·tate
tr.v. re·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, re·ha·bil·i·tat·ing, re·ha·bil·i·tates
1. To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.
Alvarado praised the governor's budget proposals which address six critical areas: Recruitment and retention of patient care staff, additional medical and related staff, program supplements and expansions, infrastructure improvements, capital outlay capital outlay
See capital expenditure. and quality assurance and staff training.
(a) California Channel interview with Bill Rosendahl Bill Rosendahl is a Los Angeles City Councilman, representing Council District 11, including the communities of Brentwood, Del Rey, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Palms, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, West Los Angeles and Westchester. , Jan. 6, 2000
Further details regarding the governor's proposals and additional comments from Governor Davis, Alvarado and other stakeholders Stakeholders
All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government. follow:
Recruitment and retention of patient care staff
Governor Davis: "Under our program for aging with dignity, we'll raise the salaries of people in veterans homes. If you have to go into a veterans home, we want to make it a place where you can live out your remaining years in dignity, not just a place where you go just to die."
Details: The budget includes $4.5 million to provide recruitment and retention incentives for specified patient care staff positions. Registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses licensed vocational nurse
n. Abbr. LVN
A licensed practical nurse who is permitted by license to practice in California or Texas. (LVNs), supervising RNs, pharmacists This is a list of notable pharmacists.
The length of time it takes to recover the initial cost of a project, without regard to the time value of money. to the state if the employee leaves home employment prior to a fixed period of time. The amount and length of time will be negotiated through collective bargaining collective bargaining, in labor relations, procedure whereby an employer or employers agree to discuss the conditions of work by bargaining with representatives of the employees, usually a labor union. by the Department of Personnel Administration (DPA DPA - Data Protection Act ). The governor's proposed budget includes $681,500 for this purpose. The governor's proposed budget contains $187,000 to assist recent nursing graduates with paying back student loans if they become employed at either veterans home. DPA will negotiate specifics of the program through the collective bargaining process.
Registered nurse Jeanie Halliday, certified case manager, nurse evaluator, utilization review u·til·i·za·tion review
A process for monitoring the use, delivery, and cost-effectiveness of services, especially those provided by medical professionals. coordinator and transfer coordinator, VHC-Barstow: "I think that has been long in coming and much needed and will be very much appreciated and very beneficial to get us to recruit more nurses with higher quality skills and experience. On the home loan, I think that's also a very valuable benefit. I wish that had been available when I first moved to Barstow and I think it will be a very valuable incentive to promote quality staffing. We're all very excited about the new budget proposals and I think, as nurses, we all sincerely care about the care that our residents will receive and also the improved care that they'll receive from these benefits and these proposals."
Additional medical and related staff
Details: The budget includes $3.3 million to provide additional medical and related staff, including nurse practitioners nurse practitioner
n. Abbr. NP
A registered nurse with special training for providing primary health care, including many tasks customarily performed by a physician. , dentists and physicians, as well as support staff for sanitation and evening maintenance functions. The governor's proposed budget includes three nurse practitioners for each home, 19 new janitorial positions for the home at Yountville and additional physician positions to replace the contracted medical officer of the day and on-call functions at each home. Dental services will be brought on-site in Barstow. The proposed budget includes one maintenance mechanic and one building maintenance worker for evening shift work in Barstow.
Resident Charlie Perkins, chair, Allied Council, VHC-Barstow: "Those are things that we desperately need. We have a contract dentist, but his contract is up. We need an on-site dentist. We really need that."
Program supplements and expansions
Details: The budget proposes $685,000 for additional therapeutic and recreational activity staff, a pilot program for Barstow home residents with post traumatic stress disorder Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
A disorder that occurs among survivors of severe environmental stress such as a tornado, an airplane crash, or military combat. Symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, flashbacks, and nightmares. (PTSD PTSD posttraumatic stress disorder.
posttraumatic stress disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ) and an on-site clinical laboratory to enhance Barstow home services. Two activity coordinators are proposed to expand activities into the evenings and on weekends in Barstow. An on-site clinical laboratory in Barstow, including three laboratory technicians, will reduce time delays in obtaining laboratory test results. One position to be established in Barstow is proposed to implement a model PTSD therapy program and recommend findings for further analysis.
Barstow Mayor Katy Yslas-Yent: "We are simply delighted with the governor's proposals. They are absolutely on target, addressing all the needs that have been identified. We expect these changes to make our veterans home a model of state-of the-art care and services on the national level."
Details: The budget also includes $3.8 million for environmental and facility improvements in the veterans homes. Special repairs are proposed for the Yountville home cemetery and chapel. The budget will fund installation of automatic faucets at the Barstow home. The governor's budget proposes to purchase safety needles and lifting devices to prevent injuries to patients and staff. The governor's proposed budget includes 21 positions in Yountville to improve maintenance functions. The positions include painters, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, stationary engineers A stationary engineer is a licensed operator of boilers, steam turbines, auxiliary equipment (ie. air compressors/pumps) or refrigeration machinery. He or she works in factories, offices, hospitals, warehouses, ships or any other locations requiring the use that equipment. , building maintenance workers, groundskeepers and a draftsman.
Resident Larry Lattman, member-helper, Public Affairs Those public information, command information, and community relations activities directed toward both the external and internal publics with interest in the Department of Defense. Also called PA. See also command information; community relations; public information. Office, VHC-Yountville: "After 16 years of neglect, we finally got a governor who know what's happening down here. We sadly need the repairs to these areas and what the governor is doing is like a breath of fresh air to this home. This home is 118 years old and the infrastructure has been sadly neglected. The governor has once again proven that he's done his homework and is taking the right course of action."
Details: The budget proposes $9.2 million for capital outlay needs in the Barstow and Yountville homes. The proposals for the Barstow home include funding to convert an existing building into a residential care facility for the elderly to provide a secured "wandering" area for dementia patients and to install a cement foundation for trailers that will house recreational and rehabilitation programs Noun 1. rehabilitation program - a program for restoring someone to good health
program, programme - a system of projects or services intended to meet a public need; "he proposed an elaborate program of public works"; "working mothers rely on the day care . The Yountville home proposals include funding for the construction phase of the Holderman Rehabilitation rehabilitation: see physical therapy. Activity Area remodel re·mod·el
tr.v. re·mod·eled also re·mod·elled, re·mod·el·ing also re·mod·el·ling, re·mod·els also re·mod·els
To make over in structure or style; reconstruct. , the construction phase to correct Jefferson Hall Jefferson Hall – more formally known as "Hotel C" – is a building on the West Range of the University of Virginia. It is the traditional home of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society; the term "Jefferson Hall" (or "Jeff Hall" or "The Hall") is sometimes used as a deficiencies, a remodel of the laundry building and new projects to enhance the quality of life and meet needs for improved accessibility, emergency water supply and storage and increased fire and life safety.
Resident Bill Jackson For other persons named Bill Jackson, see Bill Jackson (disambiguation).
Bill Jackson (ca. 1937-) is an American television personality, cartoonist and educator. He is best known for having hosted the children's program Gigglesnort Hotel. , commander, Barstow Post No. 855, The American Legion American Legion, national association of male and female war veterans, founded (1919) in Paris. Membership is open to veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. , Department of California, and chair, Food Committee, VHC-Barstow: "We're extremely pleased that the governor and the legislature are giving us the money to finish what we already started. We know what the vets need. They're not hiding in the back room. They're in the public eye. This would enhance the whole thing, our whole contribution to the community, the state and the nation. We're deeply appreciative."
Quality assurance and staff training
Secretary Alvarado: "We are redoubling our efforts on quality of care and addressing problems, but it requires the help of everyone. At this point, I am encouraging the staff and residents to take ownership of their homes and to create greater efficiency on campus. We want to work as a team."
Details: The budget proposes $886,000 for a program-wide quality assurance team, a nursing-specific quality assurance function at the Barstow home, a nursing staff training and coordination program and information services See Information Systems. for medical staff. A quality assurance (QA) management team, reporting to the deputy secretary, veterans homes, will provide policy oversight to the QA home functions. Two positions are included in the governor's proposed budget. A QA RN (hired at the supervisory level), health and safety officer, licensed vocational nurse and office assistant are proposed for addition to the Barstow facility. The proposed budget includes two Meditech training positions to assist all home staff with learning the Veteran Home Information System (VHIS). Additionally, one information specialist position is proposed to be on-site in Barstow. A core team of four additional positions is proposed for Barstow to conduct training. The team includes a nurse trainer, nurse coordinator, training coordinator and office assistant. This team will provide training primarily to the nursing staff and throughout the home to all personnel who interact with the veterans and the public. The governor's budget proposes an Internet physician reference link to assist in diagnosis and evaluation. The electronic medical reference will bring more timely and accurate information to physicians and nursing staff.
Dr. Mohan Mallam, M.D., acting medical director, VHC-Barstow: "The governor's budget proposal looks very good, especially the hiring of a new, separate quality assurance coordinator. This person will be an excellent addition to the continuous quality improvement team. The coordinator will also be an excellent tool to improve the quality of care for the residents of the home."
Secretary Alvarado: "Governor Davis and I intend to provide our veterans with first-rate health care. Coming on the heels of the governor's actions, I have instructed each veterans home administrator to assign two staff members the responsibility to develop Department of Health Services (DHS) survey expertise. These staff members will continuously monitor the homes as well as participate in our own unannounced quality control visits at other homes. Furthermore, I am establishing a new position within the department for a statewide quality control officer for the homes. This individual will monitor equipment, infrastructure, personnel and residents' care at all campuses of the Veterans Home of California. I am very proud of the homes, both Barstow and Yountville, and the public is most welcome to visit our beautiful facilities. I know that many caring and dedicated staff work hard to create a supportive environment for aged and disabled veterans. The care and treatment of veterans at the Barstow and Yountville campuses is first and foremost."
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