Biz Briefs – VI, Skilled Healthcare, TV Ears, Saratoga

VI Selected For Awards for Employee Training and Development

VI announced that it has recently been named by a number of publications that recognize its human resource development training programs. It has been selected among the top 125 organizations that excel at employee development by Training magazine, while Chief Learning Officer magazine has announced that Vi is one of 43 organizations that have been granted the “LearningElite” designation which goes to the best organizations for learning and development, and has been named a Learning! 100 award winner in recognition of its learning culture, innovation and organizational performance.

“We recognize that for employees to excel at their work and advance in their careers, continued focus on employee development is critical. To support personal and professional growth, Vi develops and maintains the highest standards in learning, development and training,” said Judy Whitcomb, Assistant Vice President of Learning and Organizational Development, Vi. “We do not rest on our laurels. We constantly review our practices and strive to innovate wherever we can in order to continue providing the finest in older adult living. Being recognized with these awards is a great honor for Vi.”

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Skilled Healthcare Expands Skilled Nursing Footprint To Nebraska

Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. (NYSE: SKH) announced that its wholly owned company, The Rehabilitation Center of Omaha, LLC (RCO) has signed an operating lease for 10 years for Lindenwood Nursing Home in Omaha, Nebraska with two additional five-year extensions.  The lease provides a sale-lease back option beginning in the sixth year of the lease.  The facility will be renamed The Rehabilitation Center of Omaha is located in a large metropolitan area with several acute hospitals, and has 61 skilled nursing beds and 16 assisted living units.  The facility was built in 1960 with a building expansion completed in 1980.

“We are thrilled to become a part of the Omaha community and look forward to building strong relationships with patients while rehabilitating them to better health,” noted Boyd Hendrickson, Chairman and CEO of Skilled Healthcare Group. “This acquisition marks the entrance into our eighth state for skilled nursing operations and fits well with our cluster market, high acuity model as well as our growth strategy to expand into new, large metropolitan markets.”

TV Ears Partners with San Diego Senior Games Association

TV Ears announced that it is partnering with the San Diego Senior Games Association as the title sponsor for the 2011 events.  The company made a $25,000 donation to help promote the upcoming North County Games in April and the San Diego Senior Olympics Games in September for the “50 and over” community.

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“TV Ears has been searching for an organization to get involved with that promotes healthy lifestyles and the San Diego Senior Games Association couldn’t be a better fit for us,” said George Dennis, Founder and CEO of TV Ears. “It’s very important for individuals to remain active through physical fitness programs as they get older. It’s not only a good lifestyle choice, but this organization has made it possible to still have fun and be competitive after 50.”

“We were extremely thankful by the generous donation from TV Ears and it’s evident that they have a real desire to help raise awareness and place a great emphasis on maintaining healthy lifestyles,” said Dick Enberg, Chairperson for the San Diego Senior Games. “It’s these types of partnerships that really allow our organization to thrive and get the word out. We couldn’t be more excited to have them as part of our team!”

Saratoga Retirement Community Awarded Five-Year Accreditation by CARF-CCAC

Saratoga Retirement Community, a 37-acre Continuing Care Retirement Community in the Silicon Valley, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Five-Year term of accreditation from the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (known as CARF-CCAC Accreditation), effective on February 18, 2011. CARF-CCAC is the only accrediting body for Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs).

“Our preparation lasted two years, and the rigorous on-site review process involved every department, our board members, residents, and employees,” says Kate Ledford, Executive Director of Saratoga Retirement Community. “Earning accreditation tops our list of achievements, and maintaining it is our primary goal. We thank all who were involved for their support and dedication.”