Albion Michigan Area
Health Care News


January 30, 2003

Albion Care Center
Joins Tendercare Team

Albion, MI, January 3, 2003 - Albion Care Center, 1000 West Erie Street, is now Tendercare Health Center of Albion.

On January 1, 2003, Tendercare (Michigan) Inc. announced the acquisition of Albion Care Center from Beverly Enterprises, Inc.  Tendercare (Michigan) Inc. President and COO, Tim Lukenda, welcomes the new addition by saying,  "Albion Care Center, now Tendercare Health Center of Albion, has served the Albion community with distinction for many years. We are delighted to have the residents, families and staff become a part of the Tendercare family." 

In December 2002, the Calhoun County Dementia Consortium, a committee of the Alzheimer's Association, held it's annual Excellence in Caring Award ceremony on November 13, 2002.  The award is given to a person who goes above and beyond their duties when caring for a person with Alzheimer's or dementia.  Center Maintenance Director Kip Winright was among one of thirteen caregivers awarded.  Most recently, the center earned a 91.7 percent family satisfaction score as published in the 2002 Health Care Association of Michigan (HCAM) Consumer Guide."

Tendercare President Tim Lukenda attributes Tendercare Health Care of Albion's success to dedicated associates possessing strong ties to the community.  For example, Jan Rewa is a registered Social Worker and has been with the center for five-and-a-half years.  Jan also serves as a volunteer board member on the Marshall Foundation, approving nursing school scholarships.  "We think this is a pretty special way to support both the health care community and the community at large."

"Director of Nursing, Jean Dobbins-Miller, extends her roots at Tendercare Health Center of Albion to her great-grandmother, one of the centers original residents.  Jean's father, Richard L. Dobbins, is a practicing attorney in the Concord, Albion and Marshall areas; and uncles James and Thomas Dobbins, M.D.'s, have a prolific medical practice spanning both Albion and Marshall. Martha E. Dobbins, Jean's aunt, is Administrator for Starr Commonwealth.  What a nice legacy."

In addition to 24-hour skilled nursing services, Tendercare Health Center of Albion provides IV therapy, tube feeding, wound care and a wide range of rehabilitation services including physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.   The center nurses and therapists treat residents for a wide variety of disorders including Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, neurological disorders, hip fractures, spinal and compression fractures, osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, dysphasia, total knee replacement and other orthopedic conditions on an inpatient basis.  With the advent of the closing of Trillium Hospital, the health center stepped up to fill part of the medical services gap in the community by accepting outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation referrals. The center now offers a variety of outpatient therapy services on a contractual basis with area agencies and welcomes referrals from area physicians and clinics.

The addition of Albion Care Center adds to Tendercare's position as the largest long-term care provider in Michigan with 37 health centers and over 3,400 employees. Tendercare is recognized as a pre-eminent provider of quality long-term care services and specialized services including ventilator care, dialysis, rehabilitation therapy, geriatric-psychiatric, and Alzheimer's programs.  To evidence this commitment, Tendercare is an eleven-time winner of the prestigious Governor's Quality Care Award. 

Founded on the principal that those who serve the elderly have the distinct responsibility of protecting an individual's dignity and sustaining his/her quality of life while simultaneously providing excellent health care, Tendercare's mission is to be a dynamic, quality and significant provider of long term care and diversified health care service.  They emphasize high standards of performance, dependability and integrity to enhance the quality of life of their residents.

Tendercare's mission is to be a dynamic, quality and significant provider of long term care and diversified health care services.  They emphasize high standards of performance, dependability and integrity to enhance the quality of life of their residents. Lukenda concluded,  "We look forward to furthering this mission of quality with Tendercare Health Center of Albion!"

For more information on Tendercare Health Care Center of Albion call (517) 629--5501 or visit the Tendercare website at www.tendercare.net.

 

 

 

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