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The Peaks, A Senior Living Community Welcomes Executive Director Michele Ortiz

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (Dec. 26, 2018) – The Peaks, A Senior Living Community (The Peaks) is excited to announce that Michele Ortiz has accepted the position of Executive Director. She will now be based in Flagstaff, Ariz., and will oversee all aspects of the 140-unit independent living, assisted living, memory care, and respite care community.

Ortiz has been working for communities managed by The Goodman Group since 2012, most recently as the Executive Director of Katella Senior Living Community (Katella) in Los Alamitos, Cali. She was the Executive Director at Katella until April 2018, before making the personal decision to return to Arizona to be closer to family.

“My passion is working with the senior population,” said Ortiz. “I strive to create a home-like environment in each of the communities I’ve had the pleasure of working in.”

Ortiz comes to The Peaks with more than 10 years of experience in assisted living. Her experience began as a caregiver in Wisconsin while attending the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and continued to grow into an administrative role in Phoenix, Ariz. She graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Masters in Healthcare Administration and shortly after received her Nursing Home Administrator’s license in Arizona.

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The Peaks Health & Rehabilitation Named Best Nursing Home for 2018-19 by U.S. News

New Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating includes more emphasis on quality of care.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (Dec. 3, 2018) – The Peaks Health & Rehabilitation, a skilled nursing community located in Flagstaff, Ariz., has been recognized as a 2018-19 Best Nursing Home by U.S. News and World Report, the global authority in health care rankings, available at www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.

For the 2018-19 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 homes nationwide and assigned two separate ratings: an Overall rating and a new Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating. Communities were considered Best Nursing Homes if they were rated high performing in either the overall or short-stay rehabilitation rating AND average or higher in the other rating. The Peaks Health & Rehabilitation received high performing for Overall and Short-Stay Rehabilitation.

The Overall rating evaluates the care of a wide range of resident in the nursing home, including both long-term residents with chronic needs and short-term patients who receive rehabilitation following a hospital stay. The newly introduced Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating designates nursing homes as high-performing, average, or below average in the care they provide to patients staying at the community for less than 100 days, and is based on nine quality measures focusing on staffing, outcomes, resident complaints and processes of care. It aims to provide patients with a clearer view of the quality of care provided by nursing homes to short-stay patients in need of intensive rehabilitation or nursing services before they return home after a surgery, stroke, accident or illness.

“Several million Americans will spend at least some time in a nursing home this year, whether undergoing rehab after a hospital stay or as long-term residents,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “Finding a nursing home that meets an individual’s specific needs can be overwhelming. The Best Nursing Home ratings are designed to help potential residents and their families navigate this important decision.”

To evaluate these homes, U.S. News drew on data from the Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that assesses nursing homes in nurse staffing, health inspection and quality measures. In addition to these measures, nursing homes were assessed on whether they had a patient-centered or billing-centered pattern in the number of minutes of therapy certain high-needs patients received. The consistency of their reported nurse staffing figures across assessment-based and payroll-based reporting systems was also a factor in the ratings.

For more information, contact The Peaks Health & Rehabilitation at 928-774-7106.

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Senior Living Community to Host Workshop on Opioid Use and Abuse

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (August 7, 2018) – The Peaks, A Senior Living Community, will be hosting the Ethics in the Pines event on Friday, August 17, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The workshop is a timely examination of the ethical challenges of opioid use and abuse facing clinicians and patients in the state of Arizona. Attendees will learn from a group of experts in public health, pharmacy, behavioral health, primary care and patients at this workshop, especially as the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act is enacted in 2019.

Ethics in the Pines will be presented by Arizona Bioethics Network (ABN), a community organization of health care and human service professionals dedicated to increasing the knowledge of bioethical issues and proficiencies in the healthcare and biomedical research community. To achieve their mission, ABN provides access to research resources, offers educational programs, and provides networking opportunities for biomedical and health care professionals to collaborate and exchange ideas.

Janet Mars, Executive Director at The Peaks, A Senior Living Community, says, “The state of Arizona is highly affected by the opioid use and abuse epidemic, and we have a sense of urgency to be part of the solution. During the workshop, we’ll be engaged by experts in the medical industry and learn first-hand stories from those that have been affected. It’s important that their experiences and perspectives are heard. It’s an honor to be hosting this event.”

Speakers and panelist include:

Ms. Candice Koenker
Coconino County Health Educator

Dr. John Porter, MD
Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
Maricopa integrated Health Ctr/District Medical Group

Dr. Summer Peregrin, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Dignity Health Medical Group

Dr. Cynthia Martin, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, North Country HealthCare

Dr. Colleen Cordes, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor, Director Integrated Behavioral Health Programs, Arizona State University

Ms. Nicole Zeig, MS
Bioethicist sharing her experiences as a patient

The cost to attend Ethics in the Pines is $25.00 and includes lunch. Credit cards will be accepted on site.

To register, please visit thepeaks.org/ethics or at the conference.

There will be an additional event on Thursday, August 16, to encourage colleague and sponsor networking. The bonus event will take place from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Majerle’s Bar & Grill located at:
102 East Route 66, Flagstaff, Ariz. 86001.

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The Peaks Health & Rehabilitation Donates to Support Adult Day Program

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (May 16, 2018) ─ The Peaks Health & Rehabilitation and Intergenerational Living & Health Care, Inc. are pleased to announce that they have donated $5,000 to Quality Connections. These funds will support the Montessori-based Adult Day Program, which is designed to help the individuals become more independent in their day-to-day lives. Trained instructors guide participants through hands-on, sensorial lessons for reading, writing, math, and time skills. Music and drama classes are offered daily along with regular outings to a variety of places in our community.

Quality Connections provides support and employment services to individuals with disabilities and disadvantages, and tax-free office supplies around Arizona. Russell Goddard, Executive Director at The Peaks Health & Rehabilitation says, “We view this as a partnership with Quality Connections to help raise awareness of the great work they do and create greater support for them in the community.”

The funds will also assist in developing new Montessori instructional materials for the Montessori-based Adult Day Program.

For more information or if you are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that would like to take advantage of 2018 Giving Campaign, please contact Russell Goddard, The Peaks Health & Rehabilitation Executive Director, at 928-774-7106.

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Open House for Newly Remodeled State-of-the-Art Health & Rehabilitation Center

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (July 31, 2017) ─ The Peaks Health & Rehabilitation Center invites the Flagstaff community to an Open House to celebrate its new name and remodeled physical, occupational and speech therapy spaces. The family friendly event will be held on Wed., August 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Formerly known as The Peaks Health Care Center, The Peaks Health & Rehabilitation continues to offer the highest quality care and services. The new space features the latest equipment to help individuals recover from an illness, injury or hospital stay and return home as soon as possible. Individuals will have access to rehabilitating with the SCIFIT recumbent stepper and upper body machines, Tollos electric ceiling lift, and Chattanooga e-stim/ultrasound system. In addition, the fully equipped occupational therapy space has a full washer and dryer, oven, stovetop, microwave and dishwasher.

The Peaks Health & Rehabilitation’s team of highly experienced nurses and therapists provide care that is both physically and emotionally healing. Individuals who enter the rehabilitation and wellness program receive a customized treatment plan based on their specific medical condition and wellness goals. Team members carefully measure progress at regular intervals and make adjustments to promote improvement in physical strength, health, and endurance.

The open house will feature a BBQ, scavenger hunt, balloon artist, face painting, games, and prizes. KAFF 92.9 radio will be on-site doing a live remote show with giveaways and a money tunnel.

For more information, please contact Russell Goddard, The Peaks Health & Rehabilitation Executive Director, at 928-774-7106.

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The Peaks Senior Living Campus First in Flagstaff to Receive National Award

Bronze-Level Award Honors Senior Living Organizations’ Commitment to Quality Services

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (June 5, 2017) – The Peaks Health & Rehabilitation and The Peaks Senior Living Community have been recognized as 2017 recipients of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which honors long term and post-acute care providers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of senior care. Since the National Quality Award Program implementation in 1996, The Peaks is the first senior living community and health care center in Flagstaff to be recognized.

“Bronze award recipients advance our mission of improving lives by delivering solutions for quality care,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “We applaud their efforts to enrich the lives of those in the long term and post-acute care communities we serve.”

The National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Facilities begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. A team of trained Examiners reviews each Bronze application to determine if the facility has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality award, The Peaks may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver – Achievement in Quality award.

The Association will announce the 2017 Silver – Achievement in Quality and Gold – Excellence in Quality Award recipients in the coming months. The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 68th Annual Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 15-18, 2017.

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Flagstaff Senior Living Community to Produce Intergenerational Third Annual Play

Casting Call Includes School Age Students and Seniors

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (May 30, 2017) – The Peaks, a leading senior living community in Flagstaff and Northern Arizona, is partnering for the third annual year with Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) to host a one-week multi-generational summer theatre camp. This year’s play, “Gulliver’s Travels,” will have performances on Fri, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Sat., June 10, at 3:00 p.m. Casting for “Gulliver’s Travels” include students from the community and seniors residents from The Peaks to create a truly multi-generational performance group of ages six and older.

The intergenerational summer theatre camp is made possible by Ages EnwtinedTM, which helps bring generations together to create meaningful interactions, and an opportunity for sharing wisdom, mentoring and socializing.

“We are excited to join forces with Missoula Children’s Theatre for this special event,” said Janet Mars, executive director of The Peaks. “We see that both generations benefit from the interaction, and the children develop confidence, skills and self-esteem, as well as meaningful relationships with our residents.”

LOCATION
The Peaks Senior Living Community
3510 Winding Brook Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

AUDITIONS
Mon., June 5: 1-3 p.m.

REHEARSALS
Mon., June 5: 3:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Tues. – Fri., June 7 – 10: 1:00 – 5:15 p.m.

PERFORMANCES
Fri., June 10: 6:30 p.m.
Sat., June 11: 3:00 p.m.

The Peaks operates in partnership with Northern Arizona Health Care and is part of Intergenerational Living and Health Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and along with its management company, The Goodman Group, all share a common vision that focuses on bringing elders and children together for life enriching intergenerational experiences.

Tickets: There is no cost. Donations will benefit Big Brother Big Sisters. Call 928-774-7106 for more information.

Show Synopsis: With his ship wrecked and his trusty computer JCN on the fritz, brave explorer Gulliver finds himself lost in space with nothing but an Invisible Force to guide him! While transporting from world to world, under the control of the Maniacal Scientist of Lapunta, Gulliver discovers fighting aliens, arrogant Horse Leaders of the foolish Yahoos, larger than-life royalty (in more ways than one) and robots – all who need just as much help from Gulliver as Gulliver needs from them! Tune in as this sci-fi spin of the timeless tale of GULLIVER’S TRAVELS will takes you out-of-this world!

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Rescue Dog Spreads Joy at The Peaks

“She’s kind and she’s loving. It’s something that you can’t describe even when you hug her,” says our resident, Cindy.

Sasha from Second Chance Center for Animals has already become a beloved friend to so many at our senior living community! She supports residents in physical therapy, visits their apartments, and just continually brings us joy.

Watch the video from 12 News!

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Flagstaff Senior Living Community to Produce Intergenerational Play, Strengthen Connections Between Generations

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (June 6, 2016) – The Peaks, a leading senior living community in Flagstaff and Northern Arizona, is partnering for the second year with Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) to host a one-week multi-generational summer theatre camp June 6-10 which will result in the presentation of two performances of Sleeping Beauty. The intergenerational summer theatre camp experience is being made possible by Ages EnwtinedTM, which helps bring generations together to create meaningful interactions, and an opportunity for sharing wisdom, mentoring and socializing.

Casting for “Sleeping Beauty will include school age students from the community entering first grade through 12th grade and senior residents from The Peaks to create a multi-generational performance and theatre experience.

REHEARSALS
Mon., June 6: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Tues. – Fri., June 7 – 10: 1:00 – 5:30 p.m.

PERFORMANCES
Fri., June 10: 6:30 p.m.
Sat., June 11: 3:00 p.m.

“We are excited to join forces with Missoula Children’s Theatre for this special event,” said Janet Mars, executive director at The Peaks. “Our senior residents and the children in the community are really looking forward to the performance. We see that both generations benefit from the interaction, and the children develop confidence, skills and self-esteem, as well as meaningful relationships with our residents.”

“We are thrilled to join forces with The Peaks to develop an exceptional intergenerational theatre program experience for school age children and seniors,” said Michael McGill, executive director, MCT. “We understand this supports The Peaks’ intergenerational initiatives, providing enriching, intergenerational experiences for all those involved and entertainment for the local community.

The Peaks operates in partnership with Northern Arizona Health Care and is part of Intergenerational Living and Health Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and along with its management company, The Goodman Group, all share a common vision that focuses on bringing elders and children together for life enriching intergenerational experiences.

Show Synopsis: In this original adaptation of the classic fairy tale, a new princess is born, and people of the kingdom far and wide gather to celebrate. One simple mistake is made – an invitation is misplaced – and the wrath of the vicious Scarella falls upon the poor infant in the form of a spell. Sleeping Beauty is now destined to sleep for eternity if she should prick her finger on a spindle before she reaches her sixteenth birthday. Sleeping Beauty’s Fairy Godmothers do their best to amend the spell, but Scarella, with the help of some nasty Trolls, tricks Sleeping Beauty into pricking her finger and the spell takes effect. Five hundred years pass, and Sleeping Beauty wakes to find herself in a Rock ‘n Roll dream. Also featured in this production are the King and the Queen, Spot, the Fairies, the Palace Attendants, and the Caterpillars. A rock ‘n roll fable for the ages.

Tickets: There are no tickets for purchase, but 100% of the freewill donations will go to the Safe Child Center at Flagstaff Medical Center.

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Russell Goddard Appointed Executive Director for The Peaks’ Skilled Nursing Facility

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (August 3, 2015) — The Peaks, a premier senior living and health care community, announced the appointment of Russell Goddard as executive director for the Health Care Center, effective immediately. Goddard’s appointment was announced by Craig Edinger, vice president of Senior Living & Health Care, The Goodman Group, which manages The Peaks. Janet Mars is the executive director for The Peaks Assisted Living community.

As executive director for the Health Care Center at The Peaks, Goddard plays a key role in overseeing the management of all departments and processes.

“Russell has extensive experience in many aspects of senior living and health care, including managing and overseeing skilled nursing facilities and long-term care administration,” said Edinger. “He has a hands on style of leadership and a strong commitment to excellence.”

Russell has 10 years of experience in the senior living and health care industry. He began his career in senior living as a Maintenance Director and moved into roles such as Admissions & Marketing Director, Assistant Administrator and, and then became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in 2009. Most recently, he worked as the Executive Director for Powell Place, an assisted living facility in Payson, Ariz. Prior to that, he was an Administrator at Rim Country Health in Payson.

Goddard has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from The University of Phoenix.

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