The leadership of the Ochsner Skilled Nursing Facility talks about the organization’s recent award and how to meet the demands of a growing senior population.
Ochsner Health recently received the Workforce Innovation Award from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), as part of the 2022 LABI Free Enterprise Awards.
The annual awards recognize LABI members who “demonstrate exemplary commitment and contributions to the state’s business climate and their local communities,” as BIZ Magazine stated.
Ochsner Health, which serves communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the southern Gulf, was specifically recognized for its “commitment to training and employing a diverse and compassionate workforce.”
William Wrightdirector of the Ochsner Skilled Nursing Center, says he believes the honor is also due to the health system’s reputation, a reputation that extends to all of the organization’s departments, such as its nursing services qualified and its staff.
“I believe the simple recognition of Ochsner, that the skilled nursing facility carries with it, that people want to stay in [our] health system when it comes to post-acute care,” Wright told HealthLeaders. “And they have a lot of faith in the healthcare system through which they can transition from acute care to post-acute care with the Ochsner brand.
According Danielle Yenuganti, RN, Qualified Nursing Manager for Ochsner Health, the country’s older population is expected to grow exponentially, with the greatest growth expected from 2020 to 2030. There are currently 46 million adults over the age of 65 in the United States ; by 2050, that number will be 90 million.
“We must find a way to care for our elderly population and continue to do so with the highest quality standards that they deserve and that we as health systems want to give to these patients,” said she declared.
“Going forward, we’re going to have to use different things, whether it’s home health, skilled nursing facilities, all these different areas of post-acute care, so that people get the best quality that suits them at that And there’s got to be a shift in what it looks like to be able to meet the demand of that growing population.”
The Skilled Nursing Facility is located in the Northshore Medical Complex, with thirty beds and private rooms. During the pandemic, being part of a larger healthcare system, the facility had access to resources that allowed it to maintain operational efficiency and adapt quickly to changes.
“One thing we learned was how to quickly adapt to new things,” Yenuganti said. “A lot of time in post-acute, it’s a lot slower, we do things the same way most of the time, and during the COVID that tested us. We had to think of new ways to do things quickly, [and tackle] problems with the mindset of “Let’s look at new ways to do this and find out.” “
Wright noted that through the difficulties of the pandemic, skilled nursing staff have developed strong teamwork dynamics.
“With COVID, everyone needed to come together and work in cross-disciplinary teams. That’s something that continues as we come out of COVID, with everyone being a united front and working together,” he said .
Yenuganti, who has a background in geriatric nursing, added that for healthcare professionals who have remained in post-acute and long-term care post-pandemic, they feel they have found where they are. meant to be.
“As hard as it was, it’s a lesson to be learned [you’re] at a good place, [you’re] do what it takes [you] making a difference,” she said. “And that’s a lesson you take with you throughout your career.”