Portrait of a Green House Leader, Terry Rogers

By / Posted on November 14th, 2015

Terry Rogers, President & CEO of Episcopal Foundation of Jefferson County, in Birmingham, AL was recently highlighted in The Green House Project‘s Leadership webinar series. His organization includes, St. Martin’s in the Pines, a continuing care retirement community and home care service in Birmingham, with nine Green House cottages.

terry and elderTerry’s inspiration for a career in health came from observing his mother as caregiver to family members and neighbors, graduate from nursing school, and enter the home health profession. After graduating from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Terry began his healthcare administration career in business and operations positions with home health agencies, hospitals, and the Episcopal Foundation of Jefferson County, where he has served as President & CEO since 2000. In addition, he serves as a member of the Community Advisory Committee for the University of Alabama Comprehensive Center on Healthy Aging, the National Public Policy Congress, the Budget and Finance Committee, and the Business Strategy Council for LeadingAge, in addition to his service as member of the Green House Project Peer Network Steering Committee.

Terry began his career with St. Martin’s with a formal long range planning effort aimed at redeveloping the campus and replacing the skilled nursing building. His colleague, Linda Robertson, an Eden Alternative Associate, directed him towards the work of The Green House Project in Tupelo, Mississippi. After attending a workshop in Tupelo, he returned to Birmingham to inform the board about this innovative model of care and identify what a new nursing home may look like on their campus. Terry describes that seeing truly is believing; the enthusiasm for the model carried throughout the board and to the broader community and together they were committed to developing the first Green House homes in Alabama. He attributes this success to formally engaging with The Green House Project team to aid in the collaborative design process of their multi-story Green House homes and assist in overcoming regulatory hurdles by training state regulators about the Green House model.

st. martins_ shovelsDuring the development process, Terry notes that “we had a steep hill to climb” but felt confident given the robust training opportunities provided by The Green House Project team and the value of being associated with the model given the research supporting its success. He continues to be an advocate for the model integrity process and the importance of the Green House trademark as a method of accountability throughout the Peer Network to ensure the original guiding principles are instilled in every community. “We didn’t get into The Green House model because it was easy, we got into this because it was the right thing. Changing in the right way is why we’re having the outcomes we’re having. If we start letting “the right way” be diluted, the outcomes are going to change… we think The Green House model works and we want to do it in the right way and we want everyone in the Peer Network to do it the right way as well.”

At St. Martin’s, continuing team education is key in maintaining the integrity of the model and helps leadership “keep it fresh.” Terry describes that continuing assessment and evaluation creates an opportunity for leaders to revisit the beginnings of why they started and to continually engage in action plans for improvements. As the “keepers of the philosophy”, leaders must problem solve, motivate, and coach their teams through consistent messaging of the model. Since opening, St. Martin’s aims to serve as a role model and brand ambassador to encourage and invigorate The Green House model into future organizations and help them throughout their journey.

Upon opening, Terry observed the model’s financial success as a result of the shift in operational cost structure and the flattened hierarchy that creates a “middle management shake-up.” Furthermore, adding Green House cottages into the St. Martin’s continuum of care created a competitive advantage that drives demand at all levels of care, resulting in a corresponding increase in their assisted living and independent living occupancy of approximately 5%. This influx of revenue allows St. Martin’s to promote the community giveback component of their mission to ensure that Elders have the opportunity to live in their cottages regardless of their payor status.

In terms of quality of care, Terry describes that “there’s a little bit of magic taking place” in their Green House cottages that yields better outcomes. Specifically, their 100% occupancy rate, higher family satisfaction survey scores, and positive clinical outcomes are a result of better, deeper knowing in their Green House homes. The Green House principles “just makes sense.” Despite the Green House model’s success at St. Martin’s, Terry notes that they can always do better and are constantly seeking improvements. He is pleased to be a part of the Peer Network and associated with other courageous change agents that are never satisfied in knowing all they need to know in caring for elders.

A lifelong resident of Birmingham, Terry loves fishing, Crimson Tide football (Roll Tide!), participating in barbecue competitions, and spending as much time as possible by the lake with his family. He is presenting at the 2015 Annual Meeting with Green House Project team members Susan Frazier and Marla DeVries on the Model Enrichment Resource and Integrity Tool (MERIT) and the research that supports this process for sustainability.  To hear the full interview>>


St. Martin's in the Pines honor Veterans and the grand opening of their third Green House home

By / Posted on November 14th, 2012

 via Jennifer Ray:

St. Martin’s in the Pines hosted a celebration to honor Veterans and the grand opening of a third Cottage on November 11, 2012.

The Cottages represent a new direction in the care of elders requiring skilled nursing. Terry Rogers, St. Martin’s President and CEO, remarked, “It occurs to me that on this day, as we celebrate those who defend our freedom; who have given so much to protect our lives and the way we live, it’s fitting to also remember the way many Veterans and elders have been treated and cared for in the twilight of their lives has been less than honorable. The Cottages represent a new way forward, a revolution from institutional care to care in a home. Our hope is that one day, all elders who need assistance can receive care in a place they can call home, like The Cottages at St. Martin’s.”

Click here to read the full press release


Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center Celebrates The Opening of Their First Green House Home

By / Posted on November 2nd, 2012

It was a clear sky with not one cloud to cause a shadow on what was about to commence:  the ribbon cutting on the first of 12 Green House homes to care for the veterans who so selflessly gave their lives to fight for the American way of life Freedom.

 Around 200 people attended the gathering in the perfect 70 degree weather.  There were 10 individuals who were all dressed the same and when they were introduced no one was surprised as they were already caring for the veterans who would live in the homes.  These 10 people were the Guardians and were wearing light blue polo shirts with khaki pants. The 10 veterans were introduced to the crowd and it was an honor to hear that they were Vietnam and Korean War Vets who would be the first to move in and live there.  Mr. Tyler spoke to the reason why they were chosen by telling a story about the Vietnam War and how when the war changed due to changes in the Vietnamese’s tactics our men were physically left in dangerous situations and also publically back in the states our men were forgotten as it was not a popular war.  Mr. Tyler dedicated the first of these homes to them because they will never forget them.

Dr. Powers, Associate Chief Staff Geriatric and Extended Care spoke to the need to care for those veterans who have dementia and how these homes are the best place to serve individuals with dementia because of the home environment.  He mentioned that some colleagues had asked him if the home would be wasted on those individuals because of their memory loss.  He mentioned a story of how the brain, mind and soul work in every human being.  The brain is the hardware, the mind is the software and the soul is what makes us human.  He told a story of a soldier who recently won an important medal for his heroism.  This soldier ended up saving 7 of his group when he went against orders to pull back.  His brain was telling him to turn away for his own safety, his mind knew the consequences of not following orders but his soul is what was the humanity that made him go in and save those people.  So even if our brain and mind are not functioning our soul is always there and that is why the homes are perfect for those living with dementia because it is home and their souls will flourish living there.

 The name of the home was unveiled at the ceremony and was chosen by the veterans and the Guardians.  It will be called The Magnolia House.


A Special Position in Green House Homes: The Sage

By / Posted on June 4th, 2012

“The Sage occupies a honored place in a Green House home,” that is how Dr. Bill Thomas, the founder of The Green House Project®, describes the importance of this volunteer position in each home.  

According to Dr. Thomas they occupy such an honored place in the home because the Sage is concerned that everyone in the house have the best possible life.  “The Sage is an advocate for the well-being of the house”.  The Green House model depends on the Sage to be “a person of influence” says Dr. Thomas.  He is quick to point out that this volunteer is not someone that possesses technical expertise, but someone who can help others get along.   The Sage will see, hear, touch and be thinking about the life of the house, the rhythm of the home for the elders and the staff.

What person would possess such abilities?  Dr. Thomas explains that you are “looking for people who have had a lifetime of experience helping small groups of people work effectively”. He says it could be an elementary teacher, a small business leader, or a retired minister.

A Sage from St. Martin’s in the Pines in Birmingham, Alabama thoroughly enjoys this volunteer position.  She cautions though that it does take time to build relationships with the elders, Shahbazim, and other staff members.  “It takes time to learn and listen”.  “I try to be influential”.

The success of the Sage is critical to the success of the Green House home according to Dr. Thomas.  While he explains that you can operate without one, you will prefer to operate with one, “It’s the cherry on the top, it’s the secret sauce”.

What do you think about the role of the Sage?  Let us know!


Rev. Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Leader and Green House Elder, dies at age 89

By / Posted on October 5th, 2011

AP

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer of the civil rights movement, and an elder at The Cottages of St. Martin’s in the Pines, died Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. Rev. Shuttlesworth helped focus the national spotlight on Birmingham and the violent resistance to equal rights in the South. He was 89. NPR reports:

As Birmingham goes, so goes the nation. That belief was the driving force behind Shuttlesworth’s crusade for equality.

“He was the soul and heart of the Birmingham movement,” Georgia Rep. John Lewis said. It was Birmingham, he said, that brought the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“Fred Shuttlesworth had the vision, the determination never to give up, never to give in,” Lewis said. “He led an unbelievable children’s crusade. It was the children who faced dogs, fire hoses, police billy clubs that moved and shook the nation.”

Rev. Shuttlesworth personally challenged every segregated institution in the city, said Historian Horace Huntley of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute — from schools and parks to buses, even the waiting room at the train station.

“They had a white section and a colored section. Fred and his wife bought tickets, and they sat in the white section,” Huntley told NPR. “That was revolutionary for Birmingham of the 1950s.”

One of Rev. Shuttleworth’s last public appearances was at a celebration of President Obama’s inauguration, called “Where History Meets Hope.”

“We get to live free here today because of the work of this man. We celebrate the election of our president because of the work of this man. Give this man the honor he deserves,” said Angela Hall of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

The Green House Project, shares our condolences with the family of Rev. Shuttlesworth, and our appreciation for the great work of his lifetime. We are humbled that Rev. Shuttlesworth was able to live the final part of his extraordinary journey in a Green House home, where he was cherished as a person, and honored as a legend.


St. Martin’s in the Pines

By / Posted on July 20th, 2011

Birmingham, AL

Operating: 6
In development: 6
Square Feet per Home: 7192

Description
The Cottages at St. Martin’s is the first residential-style nursing home to be built in Alabama consisting of 6 independent 10-bedroom homes. The Cottages at St. Martin’s is part of THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, a national movement aimed toward changing the culture of nursing homes across the country.  As a pioneer in the state, St. Martin’s serves as a beacon of hope for culture change in long-term care. Three additional Green House homes are under development on St. Martin’s campus in Phase 2. St. Martin’s will eventually operate all of its nursing home services for 138 elders in Green House homes.

Project News
www.stmartinsinthepines.org

Sponsoring Organization History
St. Martin’s in the Pines is a Continuing Care Retirement Community providing residential care to approximately 350 elders. It is owned and operated by the Episcopal Foundation of Jefferson County, founded in 1955 for the purpose of providing assistance and quality of life to aging individuals. Today, St. Martin’s consists of six Green House homes for 60 elders in The Cottages at St. Martins, a 78-bed traditional skilled nursing facility, a 71-bed assisted living facility, a 35-bed dementia care facility, and a 100-unit independent living apartment building.

Sponsoring Organization Mission
St. Martin’s mission is to serve God through a ministry that provides a continuum of care and quality of life to aging individuals and their families. St. Martin’s strives to be a caring community reflecting God through service to the aging.

Contact
Terry Rogers, President/CEO
(205)314-4102
trogers@stmartins.ws
St. Martin’s in the Pines
4941 Montevallo Road
Birmingham, AL 35210


St. Martin's in the Pines

By / Posted on July 20th, 2011

Birmingham, AL

Operating: 6
In development: 6
Square Feet per Home: 7192

Description
The Cottages at St. Martin’s is the first residential-style nursing home to be built in Alabama consisting of 6 independent 10-bedroom homes. The Cottages at St. Martin’s is part of THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, a national movement aimed toward changing the culture of nursing homes across the country.  As a pioneer in the state, St. Martin’s serves as a beacon of hope for culture change in long-term care. Three additional Green House homes are under development on St. Martin’s campus in Phase 2. St. Martin’s will eventually operate all of its nursing home services for 138 elders in Green House homes.

Project News
www.stmartinsinthepines.org

Sponsoring Organization History
St. Martin’s in the Pines is a Continuing Care Retirement Community providing residential care to approximately 350 elders. It is owned and operated by the Episcopal Foundation of Jefferson County, founded in 1955 for the purpose of providing assistance and quality of life to aging individuals. Today, St. Martin’s consists of six Green House homes for 60 elders in The Cottages at St. Martins, a 78-bed traditional skilled nursing facility, a 71-bed assisted living facility, a 35-bed dementia care facility, and a 100-unit independent living apartment building.

Sponsoring Organization Mission
St. Martin’s mission is to serve God through a ministry that provides a continuum of care and quality of life to aging individuals and their families. St. Martin’s strives to be a caring community reflecting God through service to the aging.

Contact
Terry Rogers, President/CEO
(205)314-4102
trogers@stmartins.ws
St. Martin’s in the Pines
4941 Montevallo Road
Birmingham, AL 35210