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Florida Pioneer Network

Contact Information
Sue Crane
scrane6@tampabay.rr.com
813-713-1127
Website: www.floridapioneernetwork.org


History

Highlights: 2000 – 2001 – 2002: Annual "Culture Change" Conferences held in Winter Park sponsored by the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) featuring national speakers; statewide attendance was encouraged – nursing home focus.

2003 - 2007: Florida Pioneer Network established through a WPHF grant to the Senior Resource Alliance (Area Agency on Aging for Central FL).
A Steering Committee was formed and a half time staff person served as Coordinator in 2003; position grew to full time in 2005. (Cathy Lieblich). Activities included: newsletter; education and networking meetings; culture change coaching, education and training provided in individual homes; presentations at state and national conferences; advocacy to allow residents to have their bed against the wall, if they so desired.

2006-2007: Workforce Development Project with Florida's Teaching Nursing Home and FMQAI: "Effects of Separate and Combined Implementation of Culture Change and Quality Improvement Technical Assistance on Reducing Nursing Home Staff Turnover" FPN provided culture change coaching to nursing homes and FMQAI provided quality improvement technical assistance to nursing homes. Another TNH project involved providing culture change coaching around improving the dining experience in nursing homes.

2008-2010: Advancing Change in Florida's Nursing Homes (funded by The Retirement Research Foundation): FPN culture change coaches worked with 40 nursing homes using Artifacts of Culture Change and other tools and resources to either begin or continue their culture change journey.
2009: Participated in Pioneer Network's consumer outreach project, "Creating Home: Advocating for Change in How and Where We Age".

2010: Participated in Phase Two of Pioneer Network's consumer outreach project. Advancing Change in Florida's Nursing Homes: An Issue Brief was disseminated throughout the state and nationally.

2011: Completed WPHF funded project Person-Directed Care in Assisted Living: A Pilot Project working with five assisted living homes to explore the repurposing the Artifacts of Culture Change for use in Assisted Living. Conducted consumer presentations in a variety of community settings resulting in significantly improved awareness and knowledge about person-centered long-term care. Became the co-convener, along with FMQAI (Florida's QIO), of Florida's Local Area Network of Excellence (LANE) for the Advancing Excellence Campaign. The Florida LANE was a recipient of a grant award designed to enhance AE participation across the state.

2012: Instituted a quarterly e-newsletter featuring activities and announcements. Served as the host coalition for the Pioneer Network Annual Conference in Jacksonville, FL and presented several sessions.Partnered with the Florida Chapter theSociety for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments including hosting a one-day seminar for architects and LTC owners in association with the Environments for the Aging conference. Provided formal presentations at most of the Florida-based trade association annual meetings. Participated in Pioneer Network's National Learning Collaborative on Using MDS 3.0 as the Engine for High Quality Individualized Care. Worked with three nursing homes in the Orlando area on their implementation of the four foundational organizational practices of consistent assignment, huddles, involving CNAs in care conferences and QI closest to the resident. Submitted a CMP grant request to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for a project focused on expanding the National Learning Collaborative model to 20 homes in four distinct geographic areas. Established a Central Florida Learning Collaborative and received start-up funding from the WPHF. Presented nationally known consultant and speaker Carmen Bowman in Making Mealtimes Work – Using the New Dining Practice Standards to Excel attended by 72 people representing 27 homes and organizations throughout Central Florida.

2013: Held Central Florida Regional Learning Collaborative reception and hot topics seminar in September. Established a FPN Facebook Page and updated the website. Several members participated in the Agency for Healthcare Administration Culture Change Roundtable Calls where issues around culture change and survey were discussed. Several FPN members participated in the Florida Health Care Association Culture Change Council. Completed participation as a Tier Two Coalition Partner in the Pioneer Network's National Learning Collaborative. Presented a Webinar on the new Pioneer Network Starter Toolkit to Florida Health Care Association Culture Change Council. Continued to promote the New Dining Standards agreed to by 12 clinical standard setting organizations and published by Pioneer Network.

Organizational Structure

Florida Pioneer Network (FPN) is under the supportive non-profit umbrella of the Senior Resource Alliance (Area Agency on Aging for Central Florida). There is a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from the long-term care stakeholder organizations, individual providers, consumers, culture change trainers and consultants, Winter Park Health Foundation and other interested parties.  

Funding

The initial funding for the development and operations of FPN came from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF). WPHF has funded various FPN projects over the years. FPN also received grants or contracts for specific projects from Florida's Teaching Nursing Home and FMQAI (2006-2007); The Retirement Research Foundation (2008-1010); Pioneer Network as part of its grant from The Picker Institute for a national consumer project (2009-2010); Pioneer Network as part of its grant from The Retirement Research Foundation for the National Learning Collaborative (2012-2014).

2104 Accomplishments

  • Continued coalition activities under the supportive non-profit umbrella of the Senior Resource Alliance (SRA) (Area Agency on Aging for Central Florida).
  • Conducted bi-monthly meetings, including conference call access for coalition members who were unable to attend in person.
  • Thanks to approval by the Winter Park Health Foundation to use some of the grant funds remaining from the Central Florida Learning Collaborative project, adapted the Take It On For Mom and Colorado Culture Change Coalition's Smart Consumer's Guide to Quality Nursing Home and Assisted Living Care to Florida and added a section on Paying for Long-term Care. 1500 copies of the Guide were printed for distribution and the Guide was posted in PDF format on the home page of the FPN website (http://floridapioneernetwork.org ). The printed guides were disseminated to the Alzheimer's Association – Central and North Florida Chapter and the Florida Hospital Case Management Department as follows:
  • Alzheimer's Association: 900 copies that they made available to the chapter's 52 support groups, included in the Helpline mailing packets when appropriate, and distributed at their educational programs.
  • Florida Hospital Case Management Department: 150 copies that were given to 130 case managers at seven hospitals in the Florida Hospital system for distribution to patients and their families, as appropriate.
  • Copies of the Guide were also provided to the FPN Steering Committee members for distribution of consumers.
  • Participated in the Phase II: Harvest and Spread project as a Pioneer Network partner. FPN chair, Sue Crane, and some of the nursing homes that she worked with on the NLC project are featured in videos that will be part of a Handbook for Engaging Staff in Individualizing Care that will be published in 2015 by Pioneer Network.
  • Several FPN members participated in the Agency for Healthcare Administration Culture Change Roundtable meeting where issues regarding culture change and survey were discussed.
  • Several FPN members participated in the Florida Health Care Association Culture Change Council.Planned and facilitated a session at the Florida Health Care Association Conference entitled, "Adding Bling to Quality Care through Staff Engagement" with Sue Crane, Cathy Lieblich, Nicole Daigneault, DON at Westminster Towers and Heather Prinzel, Neighborhood Coordinator Health Central Park. Both homes participated in the National Learning Collaborative project and shared their experience and outcomes.
  • Continued as co-convener, along with FMQAI (Florida's QIO), of Florida's Local Area Network of Excellence (LANE) for the Advancing Excellence Campaign. Participated in the face-to-face meeting of all LANE partners in July. 
  • Continued as a partner in the Florida Partnership to Individualize Dementia Care in Nursing Homes – Florida. 
  • Continued as a partner with the Florida Chapter of SAGE: The Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments.
  • Received notice from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration that FPN's CMP proposal to spread the National Learning Collaborative Model to 20 homes in four distinct areas of the state was approved by AHCA and the CMS Regional Office.