04Dec

Acuity Ambassadors Promote Employee Stock Ownership

Acuity Ambassadors Promote Employee Stock Ownership

WHEELING — Amid many variables in modern health care operations, an employee-owned company remains a rarity.

Acuity Specialty Hospital, which has three area sites, operates under an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Acuity offers long-term acute care at Wheeling Hospital, Weirton Medical Center and the former Belmont Community Hospital building in Bellaire.

Acuity became an ESOP entity in 2013, said Lisa Bien, vice president of communications.

“We are the only hospital company that is 100 percent employee-owned,” she said.

It has established an ambassadors program to help workers understand their role in an ESOP company and to coordinate community outreach efforts.

“We wanted to get folks to understand about all the employees thinking like an employee owner: how we care about our patients and think about them as family,” Bien said.

Jodi Rusinovich, who became an ambassador about a year ago, said, “It’s a great company. As an employee-owned company, we really care and we take good care of our patients.”

Rusinovich works with the Acuity administration on physicians’ credentials for its Ohio Valley facilities.

A newer ambassador, Eleanor “Elli” Garbark, joined Acuity as a unit secretary in July 2018.

“I love my job,” Garbark said. “It’s a huge breath of fresh air to be excited to go to work, and I love the people I work with.”

Bien said, “We have ambassadors company-wide at all locations. … They meet monthly and talk about initiatives that help support the company. Each location gets involved in their community and their home base.”

Rusinovich said the local program coordinates celebrations for National ESOP Month in October and Acuity Health Care Week in July. Employees collect school supplies and participate in walks to raise funds for health-related efforts in the community.

“We engage with the employees,” Rusinovich said. “We find that being employee-owned, there is more of a buy-in for employees. By taking care of the community and that patient well, that (message) goes out into the community and brings more patients to us. … We have some of the best employees.”

Through employee ownership, “we now see we make a difference. We can make it better,” Rusinovich said.

When issues are raised and suggestions are made, “we take it right to the board of directors and get it discussed. They (employees) can see things progressing. It also progresses out in to the communty,” she added.

Garbark said the ambassadors program “is giving our employees a voice. It’s really getting our floor staff excited and involved in things that perhaps they weren’t involved in before. … We all have a voice and it gets heard. It’s very, very comforting.”

On a personal level, she added, “It’s definitely been exciting to me. I’m not just a secretary. I get to be part of something a little bit bigger. It’s really raised my confidence level. It’s really made me even more excited to go to work every day.”

Citing other benefits, Rusinovich said, “For employees, they’re more engaged. They see a better outcome and see how well the company is doing. They have to feel that they have been a big contributor to that. For the patients, they are receiving the best care they can in this valley.”

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Pictured here: Acuity Specialty Hospital employees
Jodi Rusonovich and Eleanor “Elli” Garbark enjoy serving
as ambassadors for the employee-owned company.

01Aug

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Recognizes Becky Brown and Autumn Price Employees of the Quarter

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Recognizes Becky Brown and Autumn Price Employees of the Quarter

Weirton, West Virginia – Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley is pleased to announce the recognition of two Employee Owners as Employee of the Quarter; Autumn Price, Patient Care Technician, Clinical Employee of the Quarter and Becky Brown, Case Manager, Non-clinical Employee of the Quarter.

Since 2011, Brown serves an integral member of the Acuity team. She is a case manager and works closely with the clinical team to ensure patients and families have an in-depth understanding of their care and course of action.

Autumn Price began her employment with Acuity in 2009.  She is often seen with a smile and is always willing to lend a helping hand to any patient or family member in need.  When asked what her favorite part of her job at Acuity is Autumn replied, “I like taking care of the patients and getting to know them as well as their families during their time with us”.  Autumn agrees that working at Acuity provides an opportunity for that to occur since most of our patients typically stay with us for around 25 days.

“We started the Employee of the Quarter program to celebrate and highlight two employees who exemplify what we stand for,” said Judy Weaver, Vice President, Clinical Quality of Acuity Healthcare and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley. “Both Becky and Autumn truly do just that.  They both go above and beyond to meet the needs of our patients and families. I say it all the time, I am so blessed with an incredible team.”

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley

The Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley is a 72-bed Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospital with its Main Provider Campus located on the second floor of Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire. Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley also operates two additional satellite campuses in Weirton, West Virginia, and Wheeling, West Virginia. Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley is owned in part by Acuity Healthcare and physician investors who may practice at these locations. A list of physician investors is available upon request. To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit us at www.AcuityHealthcare.net.

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31May

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Supports The American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Supports The American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Weirton, West Virginia (May 31, 2019) Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley teamed up to support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The Acuity team exceeded their original goal and raised $1,141 to help find a cure for cancer.

“The Acuity family is committed to working together to support the health and wellness of our community,” said Judy Weaver, Vice President, Clinical Quality of Acuity Healthcare and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley. “As a survivor this has very special meaning to me. It connects me to our Acuity family members who are survivors too while reminding me and others to honor the memories of our loved ones we have lost from cancer.”

The Relay for Life movement is American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser dedicated to helping communities attack cancer. From team members to volunteers, everyone wants to remember those lost, help those affected today, and give us a home team advantage against cancer. Through funds donated, time given, or awareness raised, communities are teaming up to make a difference.

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley

The Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley is a 72-bed Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospital with its Main Provider Campus located on the second floor of Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire. Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley also operates two additional satellite campuses in Weirton, West Virginia, and Wheeling, West Virginia. Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley is owned in part by Acuity Healthcare and physician investors who may practice at these locations. A list of physician investors is available upon request.

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24Apr

Bridging the Gap Event to Address Preventable Hospital Readmissions

Bridging the Gap Event to Address Preventable Hospital Readmissions

Wintersville, Ohio – Sienna Nursing and Rehab will be hosting “Bridging the Gap” on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 250 Cadiz Road, Wintersville, Ohio. During this meet-and-greet forum, local healthcare professionals will share ideas for preventing unnecessary hospital readmissions and discuss how to better meet the educational needs of the community.

Tom Brennan of Breathe Technologies Inc. will be the featured speaker at the event. “Bridging Hospital to Home with WearABLE Open Ventilation” is the presentation and will be for 2 CEUs for RNs, RTs, SWs, and CCMs.

Now in its eighth year, Bridging the Gap brings together a wide range of healthcare professionals from throughout the Ohio Valley, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, discharge planners, social workers, skilled care providers, home health agency providers, skilled care, hospice facilities, rehabilitation representatives, and DME representatives.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, one in five patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged. That not only puts patients at risk for developing infections and other complications, but it also causes a financial strain for the healthcare system.

“Bridging the Gap has given participants an opportunity to discuss innovative strategies for reducing the number of preventable readmissions,” said Tracey L. Cutri, RN, CCM, director of case management at Acuity Specialty Hospital and organizer for Bridging the Gap. “Ultimately, this will help to improve patient care and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the healthcare system. We look forward to sharing many more ideas at the next meet and greet forum.”

Bridging the Gap is being co-sponsored by Acuity Specialty Hospital, Encompass of Sewickley, Apria Health Care, Capital Home Care, and Amedisys Hospice.

To RSVP for Bridging the Gap, call Tracey Cutri at 740-317-9004 or email tcutri@acuityhealthcare.net.

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04Apr

Acuity Specialty Hospital in Bellaire Will Remain Open

Acuity Specialty Hospital in Bellaire Will Remain Open

BELLAIRE — Acuity Healthcare will continue to provide services in the Belmont Community Hospital building, despite the main hospital’s impending closure.

Belmont Community Hospital, a division of Wheeling Hospital, is scheduled to close permanently on Friday. The 99-bed acute care hospital was acquired by Wheeling Hospital in 1996. Gregg Warren, hospital spokesman, said Belmont Community’s emergency room will stay open until noon Friday. read more…

03Apr

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Belmont Continues to Serve Our Patients and Community

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Belmont Continues to Serve Our Patients and Community

Weirton, West Virginia (April 3, 2019) – Acuity Healthcare announced today that Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Belmont continues to provide the Belmont local community the same superior, quality care and services to their patients at the 4697 Harrison Street, Level-2, Bellaire, Ohio, 43906.

The Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley is a 72-bed Long Term Acute Care hospital (LTACH) with its Main Provider Campus located on the second floor of Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire. Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley also operates two additional satellite campuses in Weirton, West Virginia, and Wheeling, West Virginia.

“Acuity Specialty Hospital Ohio Valley at Belmont has provided care to patients and families in Bellaire, Ohio for nine years and continues to provide care in the community,” said Judy Weaver, Vice President, Clinical Quality and Chief Clinical Officer of Acuity Healthcare and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley.

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley is owned in part by Acuity Healthcare and physician investors who may practice at these locations. A list of physician investors is available upon request.

Acuity Healthcare:

Acuity Healthcare is an employee-owned (ESOP) long-term acute care hospital company (LTACH) founded in 2001 with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Acuity Healthcare currently owns and manages three LTACHs in New Jersey, Ohio and West Virginia. Acuity is focused on the development and operation of LTACHs and the delivery of specialized care with improved outcomes. We offer quality care in a cost-effective manner to medically complex patients who require intensive hospital services for an extended length of stay.

To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit us at www.AcuityHealthcare.net.

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04Sep

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Names Sara Lane as Chief Financial Officer

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Names Sara Lane as Chief Financial Officer

Weirton, West Virginia – (August 29, 2018) – Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley, a long-term acute care hospital, is pleased to announce that Sara Lane has been named Chief Financial Officer.

Lane is a seasoned professional who brings more than 10 years of experience to the team. She joined the Acuity team in 2015 as the controller and made an impact from her first day.

“Sara combines her knowledge and a high level of enthusiam to her position,“ said Judy Weaver, R.N., M.B.A., B.S.N., Vice President, Clinical Quality and Corporate Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley. “Sara is dedicated to making Acuity the best it can be and continues to be an integral member of our team and the community. She truly embodies leadership both in our organization as well as the community,” she said.

“I love what I do and the people I work with,” said Lane. “Acuity is an extension of my family. It is really an honor to be a part of the growth and success of Acuity.”

Lane is an active member of the community. She is President of the Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women’s Club, Issues Manager for the State of Ohio Business and Professional Women’s Club, Kent State Accounting Association Alumni and Co-founder of the Jefferson County Young Professionals. Lane is class of 2000 graduate from Steubenville High School and holds a bachelor’s of business administration from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. She started her career as a staff accountant and has worked her way through all aspects of accounting.

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley

The Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley is a 72-bed Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospital with its Main Provider Campus located on the second floor of Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire. Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley also operates two additional satellite campuses in Weirton, West Virginia, and Wheeling, West Virginia. Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley is owned in part by Acuity Healthcare and physician investors who may practice at these locations. A list of physician investors is available upon request.

Acuity Healthcare

Acuity Healthcare is an employee-owned (ESOP) long-term acute care hospital company (LTACH) founded in 2001 with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Acuity Healthcare currently owns and manages three LTACHs in New Jersey, Ohio and West Virginia. Acuity is focused on the development and operation of LTACHs and the delivery of specialized care with improved outcomes. We offer quality care in a cost-effective manner to medically complex patients who require intensive hospital services for an extended length of stay.

To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit us at www.AcuityHealthcare.net

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28Aug

Dusty A. Bowers, MHA, RRT-NPS, Chief Quality-Compliance Officer at Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Appointed new Health Care Coalition (HCC) Coordinator for Region 10/11

Dusty A. Bowers, MHA, RRT-NPS, Chief Quality-Compliance Officer at Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Appointed new Health Care Coalition (HCC) Coordinator for Region 10/11

Weirton, West Virginia – (August 28, 2019) – Dusty A. Bowers, MHA, RRT-NPS, Chief Quality- Compliance Officer at Acuity Specialty Hospital, MHA, RRT-NPS has been appointed by The West Virginia Hospital Association and the WV Department of Health and Human Resources, Center for Threat Preparedness as the new Health Care Coalition (HCC) Coordinator for Region 10/11.

Bowers was selected for her leadership and organizational skills.  Region 10/11 encompasses Wetzel, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke, and Hancock counties.

“We are so honored that Dusty has been selected for this role,” said Judy Weaver, R.N., M.B.A., B.S.N., Vice President, Clinical Quality and Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley. “I am not surprised at all. She truly exemplifies leadership both in our organization as well as the community,” she said.

Bowers will coordinate Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) objectives and activities with coalition members in the WV Northern Panhandle area. There are seven regions across West Virginia, and include hospital, public health, emergency management, and emergency medical services representatives, as members. A primary role is to coordinate with coalition members during events and emergencies concerning facility operating status, ensure information sharing of event impact, and facilitate resource needs request through the state Emergency Management System. Bowers will also oversee the response planning and training for the region.

The Hospital Preparedness Program is a federal to state grant program administered through the Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The program was established in 2002, and today has 476 coalitions nationwide, with 31,000 members. The mission of the HPP is to prepare the nation’s health care system to save lives during disasters and emergencies.

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley

The Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley is a 72-bed Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospital with its Main Provider Campus located on the second floor of Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire. Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley also operates two additional satellite campuses in Weirton, West Virginia, and Wheeling, West Virginia.

This location features easy access to the hospital, as well as no pay easy parking. Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley is owned in part by Acuity Healthcare and physician investors who may practice at these locations. A list of physician investors is available upon request.

Acuity Healthcare:

Acuity Healthcare is an employee-owned (ESOP) long-term acute care hospital company (LTACH) founded in 2001 with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Acuity Healthcare currently owns and manages three LTACHs in New Jersey, Ohio and West Virginia. Acuity is focused on the development and operation of LTACHs and the delivery of specialized care with improved outcomes. We offer quality care in a cost-effective manner to medically complex patients who require intensive hospital services for an extended length of stay.

To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit us at www.AcuityHealthcare.net

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30May

The Weirton Daily Times – Judy Antill, Registered Nurse, Has Been Named the 2018 Acuity Healthcare Clinician of the Year

The Weirton Daily Times – Judy Antill, Registered Nurse, Has Been Named the 2018 Acuity Healthcare Clinician of the Year

Antill works at the Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley, Weirton, campus. She started her clinical career as a certified respiratory therapist. In 2016, she returned to school to study nursing and graduated from West Virginia Northern Community College with a nursing degree. In 2007, she joined the Acuity team as a certified respiratory therapist.