LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 25, 2013--
Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (the “Company” or “Kindred”) (NYSE:KND) today
released a year-end recap of major achievements for the Company in 2012.
Kindred’s dedication and progress in improving quality, clinical
outcomes and patient satisfaction in the communities it serves, is
highlighted in the Company’s 2012 Quality and Social Responsibility
Report. The report also recaps Kindred’s “Continue the Care” strategy -
its efforts to provide coordinated care throughout an entire patient
care episode from hospital to home. In addition, the report outlines the
Company’s partnerships with hospitals and other healthcare providers to
develop a more patient-centered, integrated and efficient care delivery
system. The report is available at www.kindredhealthcare.com/our-company/our-quality.
“In 2012, Kindred continued to make progress in improving quality and
patient satisfaction and delivering better clinical outcomes for
patients in settings across the post-acute continuum,” said Paul J.
Diaz, Kindred’s Chief Executive Officer. “We thank our caregivers and
colleagues throughout our organization who delivered on Kindred’s
promise of hope, healing and recovery, as they worked to advance our
Mission in spite of a very challenging operating environment.”
Major initiatives and highlights for Kindred in 2012 include:
Kindred Outperforms National Benchmarks throughout the Enterprise
- In 2012, Kindred’s transitional care hospitals, nursing and
rehabilitation centers, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and homecare
locations outperformed national benchmarks in many key quality
indicators such as line-related blood stream infections in our
hospitals, survey quality performance in our nursing and rehabilitation
centers, national quality measures in homecare and functional
improvement in our inpatient hospital-based rehabilitation units.
Hospital Division Quality Improving - In 2012, Kindred’s
transitional care hospitals treated the most medically complex patients,
discharging nearly 70% of patients home or to a lower level of care
after an average length of stay of 27 days. From 2008 to 2012,
rehospitalization rates were reduced by more than 8%.
Top-rated Nursing Center Division - Despite caring for
increasingly sicker patients year after year, 53% of Kindred’s patients
in our nursing and rehabilitation centers returned home on average in 31
days. Since 2008, Kindred’s nursing and rehabilitation centers
discharged 32% more patients home, decreased rehospitalization within 30
days of admission by nearly 12%, and decreased the average length of a
patient stay by 27%.
RehabCare - Delivering rehabilitation services in the most sites
nationwide, RehabCare provided intensive physical, occupational,
and speech-language therapies to approximately 543,000 patients and
residents in 2012, helping them to achieve more than 78% improved
function and independence from what they were able to do prior to our
Homecare and Hospice - More than half of Kindred at Home’s
homecare locations were named to the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation
of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. This
annual review identifies the top 25% of Medicare-certified agencies and
further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are
ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in
quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience
(Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Home
Health Care Survey), quality improvement, and financial performance.
From 2011 to 2012 our homecare locations reduced rehospitalizations by
Kindred Named to CMS Bundled Payment Pilot - In late 2012, the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) named Kindred as a
participant in its Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative. In
the Cleveland, Ohio, market, Kindred will partner with hospitals to test
models of care across the post-acute continuum in important clinical
areas such as cardiac care, pulmonary, and ortho-rehab to improve
quality, reduce lengths of stay and reduce hospital readmissions over a
60-day episode of care from hospital to home.
Investing in Patient-Centered Integrated Care - As our nation’s
healthcare system moves to one that rewards value over volume for
patient care, greater care coordination will be essential to achieve
improved patient outcomes, seamless care transitions and will require
new partnerships and collaborations. In order to promote care
coordination along the post-acute care continuum, Kindred is pursuing a
strategy of establishing and supporting Integrated Care Market
capabilities. This strategy recognizes the need to partner with local
healthcare networks, managed care payors and other healthcare providers
to best meet patient needs, reduce costs, and improve clinical outcomes.
Increased Number of Net Clinical Employees - Already one of the
nation’s largest private employers with 78,000 employees, in 2012
Kindred increased the number of net clinical employees by 2,300. This
includes 253 nurses, 459 certified nursing assistants and 1,588
physical, occupational, and speech-language therapists.
Growing Our Homecare and Hospice Division - In 2012, Kindred
expanded its homecare and hospice operations with the acquisition of
three homecare agencies with 50 locations in three Integrated Care
Markets. The Kindred at Home homecare and hospice division now consists
of 101 sites of service in 69 local communities or metropolitan areas
throughout ten states. Thirty-eight locations are strategically located
within an established Kindred Integrated Care Market.
New Facilities - Kindred opened two new freestanding inpatient
rehabilitation hospitals in Humble, Texas (46 beds) and Austin, Texas
(50 beds) in the first half of 2012. Kindred opened a replacement
hospital in Dayton, Ohio (67 beds) in the third quarter of 2012 and a
replacement hospital in Charleston, South Carolina (59 transitional care
hospital beds and 35 co-located sub-acute beds) in the fourth quarter of
Future Growth - Kindred announced plans to build new Transitional
Care Centers in Indianapolis, Indiana (100 beds) and Las Vegas, Nevada
Education and Corporate Citizenship
Clinical Impact Symposium - In November 2012, Kindred conducted
its fourth Annual Clinical Impact Symposium - Care Transitions Across
the Continuum - attracting physicians, clinicians and therapists from
all divisions to learn from the nation’s leading experts in care
transitions. By bringing together over 400 professionals from across the
Kindred enterprise and from many different disciplines, Kindred
furthered its commitment to provide the best in interdisciplinary care
for our patients and customers.
Employee Training and Tuition Reimbursement - As part of the
Company’s commitment to attract, develop and retain outstanding talent
and to provide them with the training to continue to excel and grow
professionally, Kindred invested $34 million in employee training and $3
million in tuition reimbursement in 2012.
HOPE Fund - An essential part of the Kindred mission is to also
take care of each other. Since 2005, the HOPE (Helping Others Persevere
through Emergencies) Fund has provided $3.6 million in assistance to
3,387 employees facing challenging and catastrophic life events. In
2012, our compassionate employees donated 6,115 hours of paid time off
to their fellow teammates in need.
Social Responsibility - Kindred’s commitment to its patients and
residents extends to helping raise money and awareness to fight the
diseases that most affect them and their loved ones. Throughout 2012,
employees nationwide participated in events and fundraisers
strengthening the Company’s state and national relationships with the
American Lung Association, the Alzheimer’s Association and the American
Heart Association. In 2012, Kindred entered into a year-long partnership
with the American Lung Association as their first national corporate
team partner. As a Gold National Team for the Alzheimer’s Association’s
“A Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Kindred had 125 teams that raised more than
$250,000 for the cause.
2012 Fortune’s Most Admired Companies - Kindred ranked among the Most
Admired Healthcare Companies for the fourth year in a row.
Barbara Baylis, Senior Vice President of Clinical and Residential
Services for the Company’s Nursing Center Division, was named the 2012
recipient of the prestigious Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality
Award by the American Health Care Association (“AHCA”). AHCA
presents the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award to an
individual or organization that has made a significant national
contribution to advancing quality performance in the long-term care
Five of the Company’s nursing and rehabilitation centers were
recipients of a 2012 Silver Quality Award from AHCA and five of the
Company’s nursing and rehabilitation centers were recipients of a 2012
In 2012, 22 of Kindred’s nursing and rehabilitation centers received
My InnerView’s “Excellence in Action” awards, which recognizes
superior customer and workforce satisfaction.
Rick Chapman, Kindred’s Executive Vice President, Chief Information
Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, was named to
InformationWeek’s list of Top 10 Healthcare IT Innovators for 2012.
Kindred was ranked 48 on the InformationWeek 500, competing based upon
innovative use of technology to improve business results.
2012 Modern Healthcare “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” -
For the fifth consecutive year, Modern Healthcare recognized Mr. Diaz
among the most influential leaders in healthcare.
Modern Healthcare named Mr. Diaz as one of the Top 25 Minority
Executives in Healthcare. This is the third time he has made the list.
Recipients are selected based upon leadership, showing the ability or
power to effect change in the healthcare industry, demonstrating a
willingness to share expertise with others in the field, serving as a
role model or mentor to other minority healthcare executives, and
assuming a leadership position in the industry outside of the
candidate’s own organization or company.
Dr. Eric S Yaeger, Medical Director of Kindred Hospital Denver, was
named the 2012 Outstanding Clinician for both the Colorado Thoracic
Society and the American Thoracic Society for his substantial
contributions to the clinical care of patients with lung disease.
Kindred was selected by DaVita, the dialysis division of DaVita
HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE:DVA), as the 2012 “DaVita Hospital
Services Partner of the Year.” The award is intended to recognize
companies who align with DaVita’s mission and values. DaVita’s award
is based upon partners who provide high quality of care for patients
with a focus on clinical excellence and continuous improvement, which
is one of DaVita’s core values.
Last year, 18 Kindred Hospitals were honored by the American
Association for Respiratory Care with the Association’s 2012 Quality
Respiratory Care Recognition. Our hospitals received the designation
based upon strict safety and quality standards related to the
provision of respiratory care services by qualified respiratory
About Kindred Healthcare
Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a top-125 private employer in the United
States, is a FORTUNE 500 healthcare services company based in
Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of $6 billion and
approximately 78,000 employees in 46 states. At September 30, 2012,
Kindred through its subsidiaries provided healthcare services in 2,212
locations, including 117 transitional care hospitals, six inpatient
rehabilitation hospitals, 224 nursing and rehabilitation centers, 27
sub-acute units, 102 hospice, home care and private duty locations, 104
inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based) and a contract
rehabilitation services business, RehabCare, which served 1,632
non-affiliated facilities. Ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s Most
Admired Healthcare Companies for four years in a row, Kindred’s mission
is to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value
for each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and
shareholder we serve. For more information, go to www.kindredhealthcare.com.
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Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
Susan E. Moss, 502-596-7296
President, Communications and Marketing