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In these announcements, we will include both important staff information and fun upcoming events planned for our team. We invite you to participate and know that when you allow yourself to enjoy these team moments, your joy becomes contagious and we all benefit... residents as well as those around you. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date information from across campus.
You have undoubtedly noticed there are “help wanted” signs at nearly all businesses. Miravida Living is no exception – we need more great people to join our core team. We regularly advertise our open positions on Indeed, Facebook, our website, and at area colleges. There are fewer and fewer applicants and more vacant positions than ever. To make sure we have staff, we contract with temporary staffing agencies and offer minimal-part-time work. To provide best quality care and a great place to work, we are committed to expanding our core team and ending reliance on agency staff and overtime.
With that in mind, we are working on several strategies:
• We are in the process of hiring 6 registered nurses and 10 certified nursing assistants from an international placement organization. These professionals will join our core team for a minimum of 3 years, and many will remain on the team for the foreseeable future. At best, the nurses will be here in less than 9 months and certified nursing assistants a while longer.
• We regularly offer Certified Nursing Assistant training. Over the summer, we added 27 CNAs to our team.
• At Eden (only), we are transitioning our minimal part-time positions into a Float Pool. In addition to the 4 shifts currently required, Float Pool employees have an opportunity to pick up additional shifts and will be incented to do so as follows:
To support our core team, the Float Pool employees will not be able to sign up for shifts until Week 2 of posting the schedule.
• We implemented 12-hours shifts at Bethel and are looking at expanding this strategy to Eden.
• We have received notification there will be an increase in our Medicaid rates which accounts for about half the revenue at Bethel and a small percentage at Eden. When we learn the details of the increase including the amount and regulatory requirements, we plan to invest further in our team.
At orientation, when I interview new employees and ask them how they learned about us and decided to apply, nearly all of them report they have been referred by someone they know, or a family member has had a stay on our campus. Some apply through Indeed but, the vast majority know us in some way. Please think about who you might invite to join our team – it will make a difference in their career and our work.
We welcome all ideas about recruiting. Please contact Kari Hawkinson, Vice President of Human Resources, or me.
In closing, thank you for all you do – your commitment to our residents and one another shines through in your work – we are blessed you are on our team – you make a difference!
Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer
September 9, 2021
Eighteen months ago, our lives and work were upended by the pandemic. We came together and demonstrated that together, WE ARE MIRAVIDA STRONG. We have risen to meet the many challenges of COVID and together done whatever it takes to care for our residents and support one another. I am proud of you and what we have accomplished.
Today, with positivity rates rising, the pandemic continues to be at our doorstep. With every round of tests, we come face-to-face with the possibility of COVID in our midst. With even one positive test result, our residents face isolation in their rooms. With group dining and activities suspended, residents dine in their rooms and miss their favorite activities. Families and friends must use the safe spaces to visit. Visits are through plastic barriers and the time together is limited. Additional personal protective equipment is required. Admissions are postponed or canceled.
To be consistent with our purpose, Miravida Living must take every measure possible to reduce the risk faced by our residents, team members, and operations including requiring COVID vaccinations. Effective November 1, all staff will be required to have completed their vaccinations as a condition of employment. Download the policy here.
Since an unvaccinated person presents a direct threat to the health and safety of our residents, there is no option but to proceed with the mandate. In our conversations with unvaccinated staff, we have learned you may resign rather than be vaccinated. While hoping you will choose to be vaccinated and continue your work with Miravida Living, we accept this may happen. Some are fearful of the vaccine. If this is the case, we will work with you on understanding the science of the vaccine. Some do not want to be told what to do. We support your right to follow your personal convictions, however, providing for the health and safety of our residents and maintaining the financial viability of our organization require all staff be vaccinated.
In closing, Miravida Living is responsible for the well-being of our residents and ensuring a best experience in this last chapter of their lives. To fulfill this responsibility, all staff are required to be fully vaccinated by November 1 and obtain a booster vaccination when required. Our pharmacy routinely offers vaccinations. Please watch the Team Page on our website for clinic times or contact Kerri Schueler, Pharmacy Director.
We appreciate your commitment to our residents and their care. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920.232.5228.
Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer
Universal testing will be TWICE weekly, per the recommendations of the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Winnebago County Health Department. Your commitment to the testing is appreciated as we continue to work together in creating a safe environment for our residents and employees.
HERE'S WHAT 200 YEARS LOOK LIKE... In August we are celebrating a combined total of 200 YEARS of contributions to Miravida, by some of the most amazing team members. Let's be sure to recognize them for their commitment to our elders and to one another. We are fortunate you have chosen to be part of the Miravida family! As much as we want to celebrate you, we also respect your privacy. To opt-out of having your name on the calendar, send us an email.
We consider ourselves incredibly lucky that this amazing group of individuals has chosen to join the Miravida team this month. We look forward to supporting your success and helping you shine as you embrace your new role.
Vaccination Timeline: At this time, our pharmacy is offering the Pfizer vaccine. In order to comply with our updated vaccination policy, you must have your FIRST dose of the Pfizer vaccine by October 15th and your SECOND dose by November 1st.
Download the Miravida Living Vaccination Policy Here
September 9, 2021:
A friendly reminder to our Miravida community:
The COVID 19 vaccine is not a live virus, meaning it cannot give you COVID 19. The goal is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.
The COVID-19 vaccine is a mRNA vaccine (Messenger RNA vaccine). It does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. It never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA (genetic material) is kept. The cell breaks down and gets rid of the mRNA soon after it is finished using the information to fight the virus.
If a Miravida Living staff member experiences mild COVID-like symptoms following administration of the vaccine, they will be allowed to work after taking a rapid COVID test which will be performed at work.
Miravida Living will be getting the Moderna vaccine.
You can receive the vaccine 2 weeks after having a positive COVID test.
Yes. The effectiveness of the vaccine is 95%. To maintain safety of the entire Miravida Living community, testing will continue.
Yes, until we have further guidance from CDC
No, not right away. We need to fully understand the effectiveness of the vaccinations and their impact on our community before being able to change the way we offer dining services and activities.
Click HERE to access an informational document that provides more details about the vaccine. This document was provided to us by Walgreens (our vaccination partner) and developed by Moderna.
The Miravida Living Working With Wonder team encourages you to continue to be mindful of your own health. Please feel free to reference the ideas that were on your bingo card back in April. Working With Wonder is a team dedicated to providing employees with opportunities to get engaged in the Miravida Living culture through activities, challenges, and special treats every month at each building. Continue to check Miravida Moments and flyers in your buildings for each month’s activity. We are excited to work with you, and for you!
Miravida Living Team, here you can find both internal and community resources to help you navigate through this time. Sending you heartfelt thanks for the care and services you are providing for our residents and the support you are giving to one another.
Kari Hawkinson, VP Human Resources