Johnson grant goes to BHRC
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
Oct 24, 2012 | 726 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center has been awarded an $18,000 grant by the George R. Johnson Family Foundation.

The money will go toward 150 over-the-bed tables and a mannequin.

“About two months ago we bought new over-the-bed tables. They are very well constructed and they match the head and footboard. They are also more durable and functional,” said Dennis Burtnett, BHRC administrator.

Only 50 tables were initially bought. The facility required a total of 200. A majority of the grant money will go toward the new furnishings.

Burtnett said the foundation approved $770 of the grant money to go toward buying a training mannequin. The mannequin will be used in training by BHRC’s in-care coordinator.

A total of $73,000 was requested of the G.R. Johnson Foundation by BHRC. Burtnett said some items would be placed on the back burner.

“I will just have to prioritize the needs and maybe resubmit some of them again for next year’s grant,” Burtnett said.

Bradley Healthcare received $37,000 from the G.R. Johnson foundation, last year. Grant money allowed the facility to install Wi-Fi and update the TV sets in the resident’s rooms. Sandy Brock, BHRC comptroller, said grant money has been successfully applied for by the G.R. Johnson Foundation and received.

According to reports, “the mission of the George R. Johnson Family Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves by supporting programs which improve the education, health or the general welfare of the citizens of those communities.”

Brock and Burtnett said BHRC is actively searching for more grants designed to help nonprofit health care centers.

In other BHRC news, My InnerView surveys have been mailed to residents and their families.

“Only a small portion of the residents are capable of responding to the survey, so the social service staff has sat down with them to help them fill out the forms,” Burtnett said.

Responses should be received by mid-November. This is a chance for residents and their families to grade the facility and give additional comments.

“I’m looking forward to reading the surveys to see the areas we need improvement on and the ones we are doing well,” Burtnett said. “We will then discuss how we can address the concerns.”

Burtnett said surveys are one of the most popular ways to measure resident satisfaction. He said the surveys are a quality assurance tool. The facility hopes to make this an annual event.

Commissioners Robert Rominger and Bill Winters applauded BHRC for their hard work.

“The ways you guys handle the Share Cards and surveys is very professional,” Rominger said. “You are working through problems to make everything better ... I think you guys do a good job with it ... I appreciate the time you take to make your facility better.”

Winters agreed with Rominger.

“Walking through the halls, it appears the residents feel this is home for them,” Winters said.

Josephine Frazier, BHRC board secretary, had high praise for the CNA’s.

“The CNA’s are just great,” Frazier said. “They get down on the level of the residents and call them Grandma and Grandpa, Momma and Daddy. They get right down and love them.”