Jonathan's Journal 3-23-17

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April 23rd, 2017

Signature Connections Linkage

Its been a long time since I posted a new Journal so I thought it was about time to update everyone on what I have been focusing on. 2017 is a trans-formative year for Signature Health, Connections, Family Planning of North East Ohio, and Orca House as we come together to craft one dynamic new agency.

To lead this transformation, I have developed a steering committee of 24 members who will be planning how to bring the four organizations together operationally, culturally, and strategically.  Those 24 have broken up into subcommittees to develop plans for various functional areas such as HR, Finance, IT, Clinical Operations, etc.  The steering committee will be meeting again in May to review the progress each subcommittee has made.

This linkage work is critical.  I have never been a part of a project like this before, but everything I read says that "culture will eat strategy for lunch"...  So I am focused on making sure we get this right.

The subcommittee plans will be developed by the end of September and we will bring them together to make one master plan which will be shared widely and often.

I will update everyone on our progress after the Steering Committee meets again in May.
340 B Program

Now that Signature Health has achieved designation as an FQHC we are now eligible to participate in the 340B program.

The 340B program is a pharmaceutical purchasing program where eligible safety net providers can purchase pharmaceuticals at deeply discounted prices, often as much as 50% on brand name medications!  This discount will allow us to provide medications for patients on a sliding scale regardless of their ability to pay!  It will also allow us to fund other priorities and expand programs.

Our Willoughby location was able to be enrolled into the program as of April 1st, 2017 so they are just in the learning curve.  Our locations in Ashtabula and Garfield will become enrolled on July 1st, 2017.

If you work with a Signature Health patient who qualifies for Medicaid or our new reduced sliding scale please encourage them to fill thier prescriptions at our pharmacy because we will be able to get them the medication cheaper than anywhere else they would go, often by a large amount!
Thought For The Week

Not failure, but low aim, is crime. -J.R. Lowell

Make it a Great Week !  

Go CAVS - Defend The Land !

Jonathan

Signature Health, Inc., 38882 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, OH 44094

Jonathan's Journal 06-05-16

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June 5th, 2016

SH is Officially a Non-Profit !

A new chapter has begun for Signature Health!  You may not have noticed but a fundamental structural change occurred this past week.  We finally completed our most grueling stage of transformation and we are now on file with the Secretary of State as a non-profit organization. 

I know many of our team members have been waiting with anticipation for this change so they can now qualify for student loan forgiveness by working for a non-profit.  The community has been waiting as well.  I had the chance to tell a few key community leaders and we have already received best wishes and congratulations from those that learned that this phase of our transformation is complete. 

Now that we have come out of the cocoon it is time to spread and dry out our wings.  Next we must apply for 501(c)(3) recognition from the IRS. This is the final phase of the transformation.  I really have no idea how long the next phase will take because it is really up to the IRS.  We will have our application submitted within the next six weeks.  I am told the IRS review will likely take six months.  Fortunately, once they grant our 501(c)(3) recognition it should be retroactive to our conversion on June 1st, 2016

Although this has been a long arduous process it was critical to our long term success.  Signature is now positioned to become and FQHC, take advantage of grant opportunities, and we are ready for broader partnerships and affiliations. 
Child Group Home Dedicated to Paul Brickman!

On Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 we held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for our new child group home in Ashtabula.  We dedicated the facility in honor of Paul Brickman for his 40 years of devoted service to helping kids. We named the facility  "Paul's House". Paul's career started as  juvenile probation officer, then a founder of Glenbeigh Hospital.  Later he was a national trainer for educators on substance abuse prevention.  Now of course he is a Founder, Board Member and Director of Marketing for Signature Health.  It is extremely conservative to say that Paul has positively influenced the lives of tens of thousands of kids and I am looking forward to working with Paul for the next 20 years to help even more kids and families.

If you didn't see it there was a really nice article in the Star Beacon on Friday. You can find the article here .
Thought For The Week

Not failure, but low aim, is crime. -J.R. Lowell

Make it a Great Week!  

Go CAVS - We are all in!

Jonathan

Signature Health, Inc., 38882 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, OH 44094

Jonathan's Journal 04-10-16

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April 10th, 2016

A Rose By Any Other Name!

We Need Help Now!

Well, the saws have been cutting and the hammers have been pounding away, and we are almost done with remodeling our child group home facility in Ashtabula. There's only one problem... 
WE STILL NEED A NAME!

So, I am announcing a naming contest with a $500.00 prize!

Please send Brenda your name suggestions bbuchanen@signaturehealthinc.com 

If we use your name suggestion as the final name, you win the prize! 
You do not need to be a current employee to enter the contest.  We are happy to take entries from all readers of the journal!  There is no limit to the number of entries, but this is like the lottery so if multiple people send the winning suggestion, you gotta split the prize.

Make sure you email your entries so Brenda can keep track of who sent which names. If you tell her verbally etc, that doesn't count.

Entry Deadline is Friday 4-22-16 at 5:00 pm.

Remember this is a group home for adolescent males!  Name suggestions will be vetted by our youth panel in addition to the senior leadership team, so don't bother sending something lame.
 BH Redesign Update-Spend Down Eliminated

This week the local area was rocked with the news that the 160 year old child agency Beechbrook would be eliminating 40% of its workforce in a dramatic restructuring.

I am certain that one of the major considerations they evaluated when making their decision was the BH Redesign work that continues in Columbus.

A few months ago I wrote that the BH Redesign work undertaken by the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Ohio Department of Mental Health Services is like the switch between ICD-9 and ICD-10 because many of the current billing codes will now have more than one possible replacement code (and associated rate).

In addition to adding many many more codes, the State of Ohio is changing its eligibility system which will eliminate the Medicaid Spend Down Program effective 7-1-16.  Patients who previously accessed Medicaid benefits will now either have to qualify under a new 1915i waiver program or they will be deemed ineligible.  The 1915i waiver is far too complicated to explain in this journal but more information can be found here.

I have been honored to be one of 50 stakeholders asked to provide feedback to the State Department on their change efforts. Although at first it seemed that our advocacy had not yielded much change in the Department's approach, most recently we have seen encouraging signs of progress on both the approach and the proposed reimbursement rates. That said we still have a long way to go.
Thought For The Week

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours. 

-Swedish Proverb



Make it a Great Week !  

Jonathan

Signature Health, Inc., 38882 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, OH 44094

Jonathan's Journal 9-13-15



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September 13th, 2015

Rememberin Sarah Scherer
Sarah Scherer
Last Sunday
September 27th, 2015
marked the 8th anniversary of our tragic loss of Sarah Scherer.

For the many many newer staff who never knew Sarah, she was a case manager for Signature Health and an art therapy student as Ursuline College when she died tragically while on vacation in Italy.  Her soul and work live on in the Art Therapy we do and the Sarah Scherer Art Therapy Intern/Scholarship we host each year. 

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Temper is what gets most of us into trouble.  Pride is what keeps us there. -Mark Twain

Make it a Great Week !  

Jonathan

Jonathan's Journal 11-1-15


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November 1st, 2015

1st Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat

The 1st annual Signature Health Trunk or Treat was soooo much fun!!!  In case you were tooo scared to come we had over 2 thousand people come thru to trick or treat!!!  Congratulations to the winners of the best decorated trunks.  1st place goes to "The Wagon" with Joyce Bloom, Krystie Camplese and their helpers.  Second place went to "Candy Land" by Jen Meivogel and 3rd Place went to the "Pumkin Patch" by Wendy Carly.
 Iam already starting to think about next years event!  I am thinking 2 haunted houses... One for the little kids...... and one's for the people who think they can't be scared..... 

I want to say a special thank you to everyone who helped make this a huge success.  Of course our fearless event leader Paul Brickman deserves a huge round of applause but he didnt do it by himself.  Thanks to all the staff who helped bag up and organize the candy.  Thanks to Bea Barnes and Joan Steidl who never rested and made sure everyone's candy supply was full.  Thanks to Peggy Senskey for passing out the gloves and hats in the tent.  Thanks for everyone who decorated their trunks, helped set up and helped tear down.  I heard over and over again from the Police how impressed they were with the event and how pleasant and polite everyone was.
Speaking of which  I really need to thank Jim Timonere for his help and support with resources from the city including allowing us to block off trafic and set up a tent on the City Hall grounds.  Thanks to the Firefighters and SWAT crew from bringing the vehicles.  The kids loved them!!


 



Happy Halloween !

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Thought For The Week

Temper is what gets most of us into trouble.  Pride is what keeps us there. -Mark Twain

Make it a Great Week !  

Jonathan


Jonathan's Journal 10-11-15

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October 11th, 2015

1st Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat

Come join Paul and me Friday October 30th for Signature Health's 1st Annual Trunk or Treat event in partnership with United Healthcare.  This event is for children up to age 17 and will take place at the Ashtabula Hotel (4726 Main Avenue-Ashtabula) from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.

ADMISSION IS FREE!

There will be a large tent with games provided by United Health Care, Clowns and Balloon Artists and we will have 98.3 "The Bull" Radio broadcasting Live!

We will have extra give-a-ways on top of the candy (Hats/Gloves etc) to the fist 500 kids!

United Healthcare and Signature Health are supplying all the candy so trick out your trunk and come pass out candy to the kids!

We will also have a contest for the best decorated Trunk!

$100 to the Winner and there will be a 2nd and 3rd place cash prize as well.

Please let Paul know if you can come help and/or if you will decorate your trunk and help pass out Candy.  Unless your too Scared !!!

Shoot him an email at pbrickman@signaturehealthinc.com to confirm.

Happy Halloween !

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Harry Buffulo Logo
Please join us at our annual Heart and Soles Fundraiser at Harry Buffalo in Painesvile Twp on Thursday November 12thfrom 7pm-9pm.  There will be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese Auction etc. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.  Contact Liz Whitworth for tickets.  Funds are used to buy boots and shoes for needy children in Lake County!
For Profit to Non Profit Conversion
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This past week we took another important step towards completing our conversion to a Non-Profit organization.  On 10-7-15 the new articles of incorporation were filed with the Secretary of State's office.

Our timeline has shifted slightly so that we now plan to have the comversion complete after the 1st of the year, but we are making steady progress.  Next we will be applying for 501(c)(3) status.

I still am often asked by staff and community members alike what difference will be noticed as the result of conversion.  My answer has been consistent that the only real noticable difference will be our ability to apply for grants and solicit donations to help support our mission.  The new status does open a number of doors for us that were previously closed and I am really excited about that.
 
Thought For The Week

 If your life is free from failure, you're not taking enough risks. -Anonymous

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Jonathan

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September 13th, 2015

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Sarah Scherer
Last Sunday
September 27th, 2015
marked the 8th anniversary of our tragic loss of Sarah Scherer.

For the many many newer staff who never knew Sarah, she was a case manager for Signature Health and an art therapy student as Ursuline College when she died tragically while on vacation in Italy.  Her soul and work live on in the Art Therapy we do and the Sarah Scherer Art Therapy Intern/Scholarship we host each year. 

SH Foundation Heart and Soles Fundraiser
Harry Buffulo Logo
Please join us at our annual Heart and Soles Fundraiser at Harry Buffalo in Painesvile Twp on Thursday November 12thfrom 7pm-9pm.  There will be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese Auction etc. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.  Contact Liz Whitworth for tickets.  Funds are used to buy boots and shoes for needy children in Lake County!
Thought For The Week

Temper is what gets most of us into trouble.  Pride is what keeps us there. -Mark Twain

Make it a Great Week !  

Jonathan

Jonathan's Journal 3-15-15

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March 15th, 2015

When You Need Help Now


Let me tell you a story that happened this past week.


 

Early in the morning last Friday one of our patients was having a really difficult time.  He was off of his medications and he was suffering from intense delusions and hallucinations.  He had gone to a motel to stay the night convinced that there were cameras and microphones planted in his home. The police found him wandering the streets of Mentor.  They were able to find out from him that he was a patient here at Signature.  Not feeling they had just cause to pink slip him they convinced him to let them take him to our office.


 

Upon arriving at our office, the front desk ladies got Mary Winfield our Nursing Supervisor involved.  She assessed the situation and discovered this was a patient of one of our nurse practitioners who wasn't in the office that day.  Mary turned to Denise Flynn, APRN for help.  Denise agreed to see the patient even though it wasn't one of her patients.  Denise wanted him to be restarted on Latuda immediately and have Vistoril for anxiety.  They were able to get the medications from our pharmacy so he could get some immediate relief.  Mary then asked Rachel Giamo one of our case managers to work with him to get a family member to come to the office.  After a good amount of time a plan was put in place for the patient and his family member to attempt to return home.  Unfortunately his anxiety was too great and he felt he needed to go to the hospital.  We coordinated with Richmond Hospital and sent the patient there.  By the time the patient got to the Richmond Emergency Department and seen by the doctor the patient's anxiety and psychotic symptoms started to respond to the medications we had given him in the morning.  He felt well enough to go home!


 

Thanks you Mary, Denise and Rachel! Outstanding Work!  By working together you saved a hospitalization!


 

I wanted to tell this story for so many reasons.  First, this is an amazing example of teamwork.  I want to applaud Denise Flynn in particular for being willing to see the patient even though it wasn't her patient.  She did it simply because that was the best thing for the patient.  The second reason is this story is a perfect example of my vision of "When you need help now".  This client didn't have to be hospitalized !  While we certainly aren't ready for the police departments to drop off every patient they find, I do plan to expand our walk in capability to include psychiatric services.

 

This is the Vision.  This is the Big Idea.  When you need help now!

Thought For The Week

Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them. -Unknown

Make it a Great Week !  

Jonathan