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Marianna, Fla. – Signature HealthCARE at The Courtyard has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

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Signature HealthCARE (SHC) at The Courtyard has received accreditation for 2014 as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

The accreditation, presented by independent accreditor Providigm, LLC, demonstrates that the facility is continually assessing residents’ quality of life with regard to concerns such as pain, dignity, respect for resident choice, and quality of care problems such as whether there are enough staff to meet resident needs, weight loss, infections, rehabilitation following acute injury or illness, and prevention of readmissions to hospital.

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Recently we had the honor of celebrating Ms. Ora Sims 100th birthday. Ms. Sims was born in Jackson County on 04-05-1915. Ms. Sims was a cook most of her life, but also worked as a housekeeper.

Her favorite memory is of cooking for her friends and family. She has been widowed from her husband Louis for 62 years. She has no children. Ms. Sims enjoys listening to gospel music on her radio, she will at times sing along, listening to local pastors on the radio, serving in the church, cooking, and fishing. She states being a missionary makes her happy.

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What a BLAST!! 6 Signature Buildings competed in the Amazing Race today. We participated in challenges like making team flags, a puzzle relay, marble bowling, and much more. For lunch we had a wonderful potato bar provided by Ms. Jennett and her staff. Thank you so much to everyone who came out and made today so special.






We had a Great time at our Easter Egg Party and Egg Hunt! A huge thank you to Ms. Conners, her students, and the parents that came out and made our day so bright!


Several of our Missions Team at The Courtyard were able to help fulfill scripture, by feeding the hungry and giving clothes to those who are in need!  We collected food and clothes were donated by the elders to go toward this need in our local community!  What a joy it is to partner with hands and feet of others in effort to help reach our county and even the world through the Gospel!!  Thanks to all who gave, and especially for the heart of our elders who NEVER stop giving!!!!  Chaplain Bill Mayo

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More than 1,000 Signature staff members registered for the recent Spirituality LearnFEST, a virtual learning conference that encouraged participants to consider the impact of spirituality, if fully activated, in a long-term care environment.

And that number doesn’t even include the many who joined in groups, in offices, breakrooms and wherever there were TVs or computers at Signature centers across 10 states to view the live broadcast. The event featured sessions that tied spirituality to numerous aspects of long-term care and health care, from clinical care to legislative involvement and the impact of spirituality in the workplace.

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Our elder spotlight for March is Ms. Madeline Barfield. She was born in England on 3-15-1942. She grew up on a small farm in the country. Her parents were William and Madeline Stephens. Ms. Barfield had one brother, Bruce Brown. She said her brother always got to go to sea and have adventures, and she had to stay at home. Ms. Barfield said she thinks that lead to her adventurous spirit.