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29 North Shore Centers Apply for Quality Awards

In pursuit of quality improvement and enhancing the care provided to our residents, 29 North Shore Healthcare skilled-nursing facilities submitted applications for consideration to the AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards Program. Among the 29 applicants, one is seeking recognition for a Gold Quality Award, one for Silver Quality Award, and the balance for Bronze. Executive Directors from these centers began the process when they were confirmed by AHCA/NCAL of their eligibility to apply for the Awards. In early December they came together for a workshop that assisted them in completing the complex written application. After a month long process of writing and reviewing applications, they are all in and North Shore awaits the announcement of the Quality Award recipients in late Spring 2019.

The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program provides a pathway for providers of long term and post-acute care services to journey towards performance excellence. Member centers may apply for three progressive levels of awards: Bronze—Commitment to QualitySilver—Achievement in Qualityor Gold—Excellence in Quality.  Each level has its own distinct rigors and requirements for quality and performance excellence. Applications are judged by trained Examiners who provide feedback on opportunities for improvement to support continuous learning.

North Shore Welcomes Ashland Health Services

North Shore Healthcare is excited to announce that we welcomed Ashland Health Services, formerly known as Ashland Health & Rehabilitation, to our North Shore family.

This new center joins Court Manor Health Services in serving the Ashland, WI community. We are very excited about the opportunities the synergy between these two teams offers and the quality of care we can provide Ashland in skilled-nursing and short-term rehabilitation.With this addition to the North Shore team, we further grow as the premier provider of post-acute care in Wisconsin.

Ashland’s Leadership Team:

  • Executive Director – Tammy Kurtz
  • Director of Nursing – Michele Hearns
  • Business Office Manager – Paul Rewalt
  • Social Services Director – Mary Jean O’bry
  • Activities Director – Kaja Bean


Click here to learn more about Ashland Health Services.

Breast Cancer Surgery, and its aftermath, in Nursing Home Residents

A woman receiving a breast cancer screening by a nurse

“A new study reports that breast cancer surgery among frail, elderly women residing in nursing care centers is associated with loss of functional independence and high rates of hospital readmission and mortality.”

The aforementioned study took data from women ages 67 and over, who lived in a nursing home for 90 days or more, from the years of 2003-2013. Fifty-Eight percent of these women, who resided in nursing homes for more than ninety days before their breast cancer surgery, lost a significant amount of their functional ability in the year after surgery. Additionally, if the women from this group had any functional impairment before their breast cancer surgery and treatment, they had the highest rates of mortality and functional decline in the year following.

This staggering data leads healthcare professionals to be more cautious when treating breast cancer in this group of women. In this study, sixty-one percent of these women received the most invasive form of treatment and surgery, and only eleven percent received the least invasive form of treatment and surgery. In the future, healthcare professionals can consider doing less invasive treatment, with the hope of improving the longevity and quality of life in these women.

This study also found that the rates of readmission at thirty days were very high, and the rate of mortality at 30 days was high as well.

A total of sixty-one percent of cancer-related operations on those in nursing homes are breast cancer surgery. This is the most common cancer operation performed on nursing home residents. Additionally, more than half of all female nursing center residents are suspected of having breast cancer, and about two-thirds of these women are recommended for treatment.

This study has brought a lot of senior-specific topics to the surface. Though being suspected, and diagnosed with cancer seems to be a cut and dry treatment and surgery plan, surgery and treatment may not be the best course of action for senior women. It can cut their length of life down significantly, and decrease their quality of life. This study has found that it is probable that the treatment of cancer is worse than living with cancer itself.

Knowing all of this new information, it is important that healthcare professionals individualize treatment plans for each woman with breast cancer. Even with the individualized treatment plans, healthcare professionals may need to start erring on the side of caution with breast cancer treatment and surgery in order to improve the quality, and length, of the women residents of nursing homes’ lives.