03Mar

Acuity Expands to Wheeling and Weirton

Acuity Expands to Wheeling and Weirton

Acuity Specialty Hospitals of the Ohio Valley have announced two new locations in the Tri-State Area. The Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Weirton is located on the 9th floor of Weirton Medical Center. Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Wheeling is located on the 6th floor of Wheeling Hospital.

Acuity Specialty Hospitals are long-term acute care hospitals providing specialty care for patients with complex medical problems requiring an extended hospital stay, according to officials. In addition to the new locations, Acuity Specialty Hospitals of the Ohio Valley have hospitals in Steubenville and Bellaire.

With the addition of Wheeling and Weirton, Acuity now has four long-term acute care hospitals serving the Ohio Valley and West Virginia area. The Weirton location also provides services to the bordering Pennsylvania health care community.

“Weirton Medical Center and Wheeling Hospital have both seen remarkable growth in recent years. It’s a natural fit for us to want to team up with them to expand our services area to communities where Acuity is needed,” said Ed Cooper, president and chief executive officer of AcuityHealthcare LP.

The hospitals are newly renovated, providing the latest in state-of-the art technology to local patients. Each patient room is private for the comfort of each patient and their family, and free valet parking is provided.

03Mar

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Receives BWC Grant

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Receives BWC Grant

STEUBENVILLE, OH, May 18, 2015– Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley (ASHOV) has been awarded a grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). ASHOV received $18,000 from the BWC’s SafetyGRANT$ program. ASHOV plans to use the grant funds to purchase and install equipment.

“We are going to purchase equipment to set up one of the patient rooms in our Belmont facility to suit our bariatric patients,” said Doreen Bonicky, ASHOV Chief Quality Officer. “Obesity is an epidemic which creates increased risk to the patients for falls and lack of mobility issues. This equipment allows the staff to get the patient out of bed easier, which promotes a better outcome for patients.”

According to the BWC, extended-care facility workers have experienced injuries and illnesses at an alarming rate. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in 1998 that the extended-care facility injury and illness rate was 14.2, in comparison with a private industry incidence rate of 6.7. The BWC’s SafetyGRANT$ program provides assistance to extended-care facilities to reduce the risk of cumulative trauma disorders (CTD) in the workplace.

About Acuity Healthcare

Acuity Healthcare is a Long Term Acute Care hospital company founded in 2001, with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Acuity currently owns and manages twelve Long term Acute Care hospitals in New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, Texas and Arizona. To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit: www.acuityhealthcare.net.

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03Mar

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Appoints New CEO

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Appoints New CEO

STEUBENVILLE, OH, May 18, 2015– Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley (ASHOV) appointed Virgil Hughes as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Hughes will take the helm of ASHOV effective May 18, 2015. He will serve as CEO of all four Ohio Valley locations.

“I am confident that Virgil will provide the vision and leadership necessary to take Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley to new and exciting levels of clinical and operational experience,” said Ed Cooper, President and CEO of AcuityHealthcare. “His skills and experience will prove successful not only in the Ohio Valley, but also to Acuity as a corporation, as we move toward an increasingly integrated and collaborative continuum of acute and Post-Acute services.”     

Virgil has many years of successful healthcare leadership experience, particularly in post-acute services.  Prior to accepting his new position with the four Acuity Specialty Hospitals in the Ohio Valley, Mr. Hughes served as CEO of LifeLine Hospital, a 36-bed, physician owned, long-term acute care (LTAC) hospital with outpatient imagining and laboratory services.  Mr. Hughes holds a Masters of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. He has multi-facility experience in Senior Living, Skilled Nursing and Home Healthcare.

About Acuity Healthcare

Acuity Healthcare is a Long Term Acute Care hospital company founded in 2001, with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Acuity currently owns and manages twelve Long term Acute Care hospitals in New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, Texas and Arizona. To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit: www.acuityhealthcare.net.

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03Mar

Acuity Healthcare Announces Clinician of the Year

Acuity Healthcare Announces Clinician of the Year

CHARLOTTE, NC, May 15, 2015– Acuity Healthcare, LP announced that Susan Lendacky, BSN, RN, CWCN was selected as Acuity Healthcare Employee and Clinician of the Year. Susan is the Wound Care Coordinator at Lourdes Specialty Hospital in New Jersey.

Susan has been a clinician for forty years and a member of the Acuity Healthcare family since 2007. Susan is widely regarded as an outstanding caregiver at Lourdes. She is a conscientious clinician with a high degree of expertise and skill in her specialized field of wound care.

Susan worked to establish the Lourdes Specialty Hospital Wound Program both on a regional and national level as the destination of choice for complicated wound care and wound healing services. Her knowledge, service and commitment to her patients were recently recognized by the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society who presented Susan and Lourdes Specialty Hospital the 3M National Skin Safety Award. She has earned respect and admiration from physicians, colleagues and each patient she serves. She is the essence of Acuity Healthcare’s core values: Integrity First, Service before Self and Excellence in All We Do.

“We congratulate Susan for her excellent performance as an Acuity Healthcare team member and all of our teammates for their service to our patients, core values and mission,” said Acuity Healthcare President and CEO Ed Cooper. “We truly are a fortunate and special organization.”

03Mar

Two Ohio Valley Employees Receive Certification

Two Ohio Valley Employees Receive Certification

Jennifer Frey, RN, CCM and Mary Anne Carter, MA, LSW, CCM recently achieved their Case Management Certification through the Commission for Case Management.
Jennifer currently works at the Wheeling, WV Campus, and Mary Anne at the Belmont Campus, Ohio. To receive certification, the qualified candidates must prepare for and pass the Certified Case Management examination.

The board-certified case managers demonstrate they have the expertise, knowledge and professional experience to provide the appropriate services to patients across the continuum of care.
To maintain their credentials, board-certified case managers must comply with the Code of Professional Conduct for Case Managers, which is enforced by the Commission.
Quick Facts About Board Certified Case Managers:

  • Board-certified case managers number more than 35,000 today
  • Board-certified case managers live and work in all 50 states, U.S. territories and abroad
  • Nearly 50,000 case managers have earned the CCM since 1992
  • The percentage of employers who require board-certification is growing, 40.2% in 2014 vs. 36% in 2004
  • More employers offer additional compensation for board-certification, 29.9% in 2014 vs. 20% in 2004

http://ccmcertification.org/case-managers/board-certified-case-manager

03Mar

Acuity Ohio Valley Employee Receives Certification

Acuity Ohio Valley Employee Receives Certification

WEIRTON, WV, June 4, 2015– Acuity Specialty Hospitals of the Ohio Valley at Weirton are proud to announce that Cindy Monday,  Health Information Management (HIM) Assistant, received certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Ms. Monday completed the two-year certification program in 18 months.

RHITs play a critical role in healthcare.  They are responsible for organizing comprehensive and accurate medical records required for all patients. Their role ensures that all the necessary forms are present, properly identified, signed and filed. RHITs are able to translate complex data into understandable information for the general public. They take the medical records produced by the health care provider and translate them into a code that identifies each diagnoses and procedure utilized in treating the patient.

About Acuity Healthcare

Acuity Healthcare is a long term Acute care hospital company founded in 2001, with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Acuity currently owns and manages ten long term acute care hospitals in New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Arizona. To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit: www.acuityhealthcare.net.

03Mar

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Celebrates the Weirton Opening

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Celebrates the Weirton Opening

Acuity Specialty Hospitals of the Ohio Valley (ASHOV) at Weirton held a Grand Opening Celebration on Wednesday, June 10, and more than 100 people attended the event. ASHOV at Weirton is located on the 9th floor of Weirton Medical Center. “We’re proud to be here,” said Virgil Hughes, hospital CEO. “We think highly of our partners here in Weirton Medical Center. We’re proud of the partnership we’ve arranged with our other host hospitals.”

The Weirton location saves patients from traveling long distances for treatment, and allows families to remain close to their loved one during treatment. “It becomes very cumbersome at times for an individual to have to drive 100 miles,” said Joe Garuccio, ASHOV director of Provider Relations. “That is now provided here, so it really does help, it helps tremendously.”

Although the grand opening was celebrated Wednesday, Acuity has been serving patients for several months. To see media coverage of the event, visit http://www.wtov9.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wtov_acuity-specialty-hospital-celebrates-grand-opening-at-wmc-9217.shtml

The Weirton location also provides services to the boarding Pennsylvania healthcare community. The hospital is newly renovated, providing the latest in state-of-the art technology to local patients. Each patient room is private and spacious for the comfort of each patient and their family, in addition free valet parking.

03Mar

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Sponsors Local Event

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Sponsors Local Event

WINTERSVILLE, OH, August 18, 2015– Acuity Specialty Hospitals of the Ohio Valley is proud to sponsor “Bridging the Gap” an event structured to educate the Ohio Valley healthcare community on the prevention of unnecessary re-admissions. The event is scheduled to be held at Dixon Health Care on Wednesday, September 16, from 5 – 7 p.m. Dixon Health Care is located at 135 Reichart Avenue in Wintersville, Ohio.

Healthcare providers of all levels and specialties are invited to attend. Join us to learn about ways to reduce preventable re-admissions in our healthcare community. Additional event sponsors include Dixon Health Care, Amedisys Home Health Care and Hospice, Home is Where the Heart Is, Soleo Health and HealthSouth Rehabilitation. Acuity Specialty Hospitals of Ohio Valley are LTAC facilities providing specialty care for patients with complex medical problems requiring an extended hospital stay.

About Acuity Healthcare

Acuity Healthcare is a Long Term Acute Care hospital company founded in 2001, with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Acuity currently owns and manages twelve Long term Acute Care hospitals in New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, Texas and Arizona. To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit: www.acuityhealthcare.net.

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03Mar

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Hosts Open House

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Hosts Open House

WHEELING, WV, August 17, 2015– Acuity Specialty Hospitals of the Ohio Valley is proud to announce the grand opening of the new long-term acute care (LTAC) at Wheeling Medical Park. Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Wheeling will host a grand opening celebration on Monday, August 31 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Wheeling Hospital Auditorium, located on the lower level.

Acuity Specialty Hospitals are LTAC facilities providing specialty care for patients with complex medical problems requiring an extended hospital stay. In addition to the location in Wheeling, Acuity Specialty Hospitals of the Ohio Valley have hospitals in Weirton, WV, Steubenville, Ohio and Bellaire, Ohio. Acuity now has four LTAC hospitals serving the Ohio Valley and West Virginia areas.

The Wheeling location also provides services to the boarding Pennsylvania healthcare community. The hospital provides the latest state-of-the art technology to local patients. Each patient room is private and spacious for the comfort of each patient and their family.

About Acuity Healthcare

Acuity Healthcare is a Long Term Acute Care hospital company founded in 2001, with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Acuity currently owns and manages twelve Long term Acute Care hospitals in New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, and Texas. To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit: www.acuityhealthcare.net.

03Mar

Ohio Valley Nominees for Clinician of the Year

Ohio Valley Nominees for Clinician of the Year

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Belmont
Carrie Beckett, RN

Ms. Carrie Beckett was proudly nominated by her Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Belmont team.  Her nomination states that she is respected by medical staff and her peers.  Physicians trust her assessments as she communicates to ensure quality care is provided to her patients.  She strives to meet patient goals and achieve optimal level health for each patient.  She is a team player available to help in anyway.  She is a compassionate and positive leader.

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Steubenville
Richard Bain, Jr., RT

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Steubenville selected Richard Bain, Respiratory Therapist, to be their nominee. Mr. Bain has been an Acuity team member for ten years. He has a passion for motivational speaking and enjoys speaking to groups regarding the impact of maintaining a positive attitude. He is willing to learn new processes or procedures and has served as a trainer for new team members. “No matter how difficult and challenging the day may be, you will be sure to find Rick smiling and doing everything possible to get smiles from even the toughest customers whether patients or staff.”

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Weirton
Marissa Coss, BSN, RN

Ms. Coss began her career with the Ohio Valley team in 2011 as a PCT while completing her education toward a nursing degree.  She has been recognized for her exceptional clinical skills.  She has served as a preceptor for nursing students and new team members.  She integrates new team members in a positive and professional manner understanding the importance of an initial impression of excellence.   She consistently goes above and beyond to produce excellent customer service to her patients, family members and team.

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Wheeling
Denise Johnson, RN

Ms. Johnson has been a clinician for 25 years and has been an Acuity team member since 2009.  In her current role as a supervisor at the Ohio Valley campus at Wheeling, she individualizes the needs of each of her patients.  She acts proactively while communicating the needs of patients with the medical team to provide quality and safe care.  She promotes teamwork and strives to maintain a positive environment of care.
Each year Acuity Healthcare recognizes one team member as the Clinician of the Year. Each Acuity hospital selects members from their team who are nominated by leadership, peers and colleagues. Hospital leadership will select one person from the group of nominees to be considered. Once each hospital has submitted their nominee, the corporate leadership team selects the individual to be recognized as Clinician of the Year. This is a very distinguished honor at Acuity Healthcare.

The Clinician of the Year will be announced on Friday, May 13th. Be sure to check our , and follow our Facebook and LinkedIn pages to receive updates. Click here to see the full list of nominees. Click here to see the 2014 Clinician of the Year.

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