“Life Care’s directors of nursing have what is generally recognized as the most demanding job in the long-term care industry,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president.
“Life Care began hosting an annual meeting for these dedicated nurses in 1991 in order to (1) get to know them better personally, (2) provide inspiration and motivation for the mission to which they are called, and (3) afford networking opportunities for these clinicians. We are blessed to have these clinical leaders in our company and honored to have them in town for this meeting.”
Following the theme, “Love Is the Reason Why,” the meeting will emphasize the importance of providing quality care and developing relationships with residents, family members and the community. The meeting will also provide a forum for nurses to share their experiences with their peers.
The four-day meeting begins Sunday with a breakfast. Music will be provided by The Talleys. Nurses will participate in their choice of activities, which include whitewater rafting, shopping, bowling, a visit to Rock City and the Incline Railway, and a trip to a local farm.
On Sunday evening, participants will enjoy a country-themed party.
The annual Directors of Nursing Awards Banquet will be held Monday, during which nurses from each of Life Care’s eight divisions will be recognized for superior patient care.
Life Care’s highest honor, the Mary Denton Award, will be presented, as well as the Company-wide Director of Nursing of the Year Award. Facilities that earned Joint Commission accreditation during 2011 and facilities that received deficiency-free nursing surveys will also be recognized.
Special guest speakers for the week include Dr. Janet Lapp, Eileen McDargh and Carol O’Flaherty.
Founded in 1976, Life Care Centers of America is a nationwide health care company. Life Care operates or manages more than 220 nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states.