Willow Brook News
Our residents did us proud in the LeadingAge Ohio Central Region Art & Writing Competition! Our folks ended up with 34 ribbons, including the People’s Choice Award! We always knew our communities were full of talented people, but here’s proof – and we’d dispute the judges’ decisions and add a few others if we had our way on selection, but of course we don’t. If you missed the receptions at Willow Brook at Delaware Run, you can still see these winning entries when they are a part of the statewide competition at the Hyatt Regency of Columbus on August 29 and 30.
A full list of winners here!
We did it again! There were about 5,000 attendees who were voting for their favorites and The Home was voted first place in the Taste of Worthington’s entrée category! We went head-to-head with J.Gilbert’s, Cameron Mitchell, Bravo, Rivage Alantique – in all about 15 of the top restaurants in the Worthington area, and we snagged the top honor. We now have been voted first place for five of the seven years we have been participating in the event. Congratulations to Madelyn Turner and her team for a job exceedingly well done!
Willow Brook at Delaware Run resident Diane Yothers has received Toastmasters International “Advanced Communicator Silver Award”. This is the second highest Award on Toastmasters International Speaking Track. Diane is the first female member of the Delaware TM Club to reach this level.
A couple thousand people braved the heat and threatening storms to cool off in the Philips Glen of Ohio Wesleyan University on the 4th of July to hear the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra’s traditional Independence Day concert. Intermission was cut short by threatening weather, and the after-concert fireworks started a little early, enabling everyone to make to to their cars, if not out of the parking lots, before the storm hit with full force. Willow Brook was a proud sponsor of the symphony concert.
Nursing homes in Ohio took another hit in Medicaid funding last month. The governor vetoed $30 million in supplemental funding to support nursing home residents whose funds have run out. The Ohio House and Senate approved the appropriation for nursing homes that meet certain quality standards. Not every facility would have benefited – only those that are striving to implement the state’s quality measures. Both of Willow Brook’s skilled nursing facilities easily would have qualified. It is difficult to calculate how much has been denied us, but I am guessing it is in the neighborhood of $50,000 in total for both facilities.
These dollars would have offset a small portion of the $350,000 annual cut we are suffering from a Medicaid reduction instituted last year. We still would have been losing our shirt on charitable care, but that $50,000 sure would have helped.
The $30 million supplemental funding proposal received bipartisan support from state legislators who saw the need to step up Medicaid funding for Ohio’s nursing homes. With a swipe of a pen, the governor snatched it away.
I remain seriously concerned with the state of funding for long-term care services in Ohio. I fully support the state’s push to develop home-based services for older citizens who don’t need 24-hour care. That is a smart move. But the truth is, not all frail elderly can survive at home – even with extensive support. Nursing homes are very much needed to serve the growing population of older adults. Through the years, Willow Brook has maintained a strong commitment to serve those of our number who are unable to pay, but there is a limit to how much we can write off. I can only hope that this message will be heard in the chambers of the statehouse.
With love to all,