Holy Redeemer St. Joseph Manor and Holy Redeemer Lafayette Honored for Work in PA Depression Management Collaborative
Posted Date: 6/5/2012
Meadowbrook, PA—June 5, 2012—Two nurses from Holy Redeemer St. Joseph Manor and Holy Redeemer Lafayette, part of the Health System’s LifeCare division, were honored recently during a reception hosted by state Representative Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), for their participation in the Pennsylvania Depression Management Collaborative. Sue Leedom, RN and Shirley Callahan, RN, both assistant directors of nursing for safety and quality at Holy Redeemer, led the eight-month investigation. The study was also conducted at 38 other nursing homes throughout the Commonwealth.
“Many men and women living in long term care communities experience depression,” said Callahan. “Nationally, the rate is 22-40%. We were happy to participate in this study and focus on reducing depression among St. Joseph Manor and Lafayette residents. Since the study, we have seen a decrease in residents with depression, and a greater awareness of signs and symptoms among our staff.”
The goals of the collaborative included assisting skilled nursing facilities with implementing a program for reducing the disease burden and organizational risk associated with undermanaged depression and/or suicidality, as well as preventing sub-acute levels of depression from reaching clinically significant levels. Participants in the collaborative were assigned to an active group, which was trained in implementing the Polisher Research Institute’s program, and a waitlist control group in which participants continued providing their usual care. At the conclusion of the eight-month collaborative, the active group experienced a 58 percent reduction in the number of residents with moderate to severe depressive symptoms.
“At St. Joseph Manor and Lafayette, we have always carefully assessed residents for signs and symptoms of depression and put interventions into place when needed,” said Leedom. “The study provided education and offered some different alternatives for handling depression in the elderly.”
The collaborative was sponsored by the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, its Polisher Research Institute, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Association of Healthcare Quality.
About LifeCare at Holy Redeemer
Holy Redeemer Health System is a Catholic healthcare provider serving southeastern Pennsylvania and 11 counties in New Jersey. In 1924, Holy Redeemer was established by its sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, to provide high quality compassionate care. Today, Holy Redeemer offers a comprehensive continuum of services to address the unique needs of older adults and their caregivers through our LifeCare services. LifeCare services include Holy Redeemer St. Joseph Manor in Meadowbrook, Holy Redeemer Lafayette in Northeast Philadelphia, Holy Redeemer D’Youville Manor in Yardley, Holy Redeemer Village in Huntingdon Valley, and our active adult community, The Villages at Pine Valley in Northeast Philadelphia.
Note: Shirley Callahan is a resident of Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery County, PA
Sue Leedom is a resident of Bensalem, Bucks County, PA