Marc Holt, Director of Clinical Operations, shares more on the critical care that this group provides to patients in skilled nursing facilities, and also reflects on the impact of COVID-19.
Short Stay Team
Q&A with the Short Stay Team
What services does the Short Stay staff provide to CDC patients?
The Short Stay staff provides on-site dialysis services to patients residing in skilled nursing facilities. These patients can be in the skilled nursing facility for a “short stay” while they receive skilled care following a hospitalization with plans to return home and back to their usual outpatient dialysis facility.
What feedback do you receive from patients?
The feedback is very positive from patients. They really like not having to transport out of the facility to receive their dialysis treatments.
What’s the most fulfilling aspect of the work of the Short Stay team?
It is very rewarding to play such an important role in helping these patients recover and return home to be with their families. The short stay dialysis units are smaller, so the staff become really familiar with each patient as an individual. This leads to some great opportunities to provide quality care.
In what ways has the Short Stay team adapted to COVID -19?
COVID-19 has brought many challenges to the skilled nursing and long-term care environments. The staff has been diligent in following not only our CDC guidelines, but also the guidelines of the facilities that we serve. The dialysis staff have been outstanding in providing emotional support to these patients while they have not been allowed visitors in this COVID-19 environment.
What are you most proud of when you think of the Short Stay team?
I’m most proud of the dedication and collaboration by our interdisciplinary team, which includes RNs, DTs, TAs, RDs, SWs and our Central Scheduler, in working closely with our skilled nursing facility partners. All members of our team work together to help our patients thrive.
How do you help keep the team connected as they are caring for patients off-site?
We utilize our CDC email, CDC intranet, phone calls, QAPI meetings and site visits by our leadership team to stay connected with our staff.
What goals do you have for the team?
Right now our goal is for our staff to remain safe and healthy so that we can help our patients also stay safe and healthy by receiving their dialysis treatments in a calm and stable environment during this pandemic.
Anything else you would like to share?
If anyone is interested in working in the Short Stay programs, we currently have RN openings at our Pleasant Lake Villa, Franklin Plaza and Wickliffe facilities. We also have a DT opening in our Franklin Plaza program.