Kemper House continues the fight against COVID: Strong Points

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – Since the start of the pandemic, most of us have been waiting

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – Since the start of the pandemic, most of us have been waiting for a time when “this is all over” and “we can return to normal”. Yet at this time, there seems to be no end in sight. Kemper House has worked very hard to keep COVID-19 out of our homes. We are committed to continuing the fight but we also need to get back to putting the needs of our residents and staff first whenever possible in this uphill battle.

As you may be aware, the Ohio Department of Aging and Governor DeWine have mandated that residential care facilities must test all employees every two weeks for COVID-19. Their initial testing program was suspended a couple of weeks ago due to a high number of false positives at the earliest testing facilities. The State has now contracted with a new vendor, Mako Labs out of North Carolina, to process the tests. Testing started on Sept. 30 at Kemper House Strongsville and will take place every other Wednesday after that until the end of the emergency or the State says otherwise. The State does not provide support for the actual testing, however, which must be performed at Kemper House by our nurses. With over 5 million Americans now living with the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease, Kemper House is striving to keep residents safe.

Kemper House is a family owned and operated residential care facility that specializes in caring for individuals with all stages and all types of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias up to and including end of life and hospice care. They provide long-term care, adult day care, and short-term respite stays. They have two locations in the greater Cleveland area: Strongsville and Highland Heights. For more information, go to

Gold Plus Award: Strongsville Fire and Emergency Services has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for 2019. The department has received this award for the past several years. The distinguished award is presented for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.   “Strongsville Fire and Emergency Services is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Fire Chief Jack Draves. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline. This recognition would not be possible without the extraordinary efforts by our paramedics on behalf of their patients. Additionally, the recognition is also a result of the support, guidance, leadership, and medical direction provided by Southwest General Health Center, Dr. Susan Tout, EMS Medical Director, and Jackie Haumschild, EMS Nurse Manager. The Southwest team is vital in the training, education, and providing the proper equipment to our paramedics so they can achieve this high level of success. We are successful in treating these cardiac patients because everyone does their part to provide quality medical care in the prehospital setting, in the emergency department, and in the cardiac unit.”

One of the best: Altenheim Senior Living has been recognized by Newsweek for the second time as a 2021 Best Nursing Home. The award was announced on Sept. 30, 2020 and can be viewed on Newsweek’s website,

The 2021 Best Nursing Homes rankings consider nursing facilities in the 20 states with the highest populations. These states include Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The rankings evaluate nursing facilities on key performance data, peer recommendations, and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Altenheim is proud to be recognized again as one of the country’s Best Nursing Homes.

“At Altenheim we’ve always stood for family,” said CEO, Paul Psota. “This award is a reflection of the passion lived out daily by our attending physicians, nurse practitioners, staff and volunteers in service to our residents, their families and the local community.”

Altenheim has served the Northeast Ohio community since 1892. For more information, go to

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