At its May meeting, our Board of Directors voted to take the next step toward a vision for long-term care on our Vernon campus – one that we have nurtured for years now. Our readers may remember that in prior years we reported on plans to transform Vernon Green – our nursing home on the Vermont campus – from the traditional model of care that has characterized nursing homes since their inception.
Instead, we pursued what’s been called the Greenhouse Model for nursing home care. Part of a larger national movement, the model provides 24-hour nursing in individual home-like buildings housing 10 residents each, rather than in the institutional, hospital-like facilities mentioned above. Other Greenhouses around the country have demonstrated measurably positive effects of the model for the senior residents who dwell in them.
After much planning and dialogue, we had previously suspended our ambitions in 2012 due to barriers in obtaining the necessary permissions from state authorities. But now, through affiliation with The Greenhouse Project there are new planning and consulting resources available to us. Earlier this year Vernon’s leadership and staff conducted a Home Study exercise designed by The Greenhouse Project to determine our readiness for the transformations involved. The exercise focused on Vernon’s internal clinical and workplace culture.
The results were positive, indicating a green light to move to the next stage in the process, which involves leadership team development, financial feasibility and culture transformation training. The study’s results encouraged our board to commit to the next – and major – step toward fulfilling our long-sought vision. Fitting with our history of innovation, if the Vernon Green transformation is fulfilled, it will find us once again spearheading long-term care practices in our region. The undertaking will be intensive in its demands, involving state approvals, gift support and construction. But the effects will be equally powerful for those we’ve been called to serve.
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