Community Integration Work Nets Top Honor for Laguna Honda Nursing Specialist

For Immediate Release
October 29, 2012

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Community Integration Work
Nets Top Honor for Laguna Honda Nursing Specialist

San Francisco, CA – Laguna Honda clinical nurse specialist Kathleen MacKerrow won a top honor at the October 2012 San Francisco Research Days symposium for her poster presentation featuring the hospital’s community integration program. 

MacKerrow’s Laguna Honda entry, titled “There’s No Place Like Home: Promoting Resident Community Integration via a Long Term Care Facility Transitions Program,” received the third place award. First place went to Stanford University and second place to the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center.

The poster described work by Laguna Honda clinicians and the hospital’s community partners to place long term care residents who no longer need hospitalization into more integrated community settings. The program is one of most innovative community integration programs for skilled nursing residents in the nation.

MacKerrow is the clinical nurse specialist in rehabilitation, neurology and geriatrics at Laguna Honda. She is the former geriatric clinical nurse specialist and Stroke Program Coordinator at Mills Peninsula Hospital.

The Research Days symposium is an annual event sponsored by the University of California at San Francisco School of Nursing. Stanford’s presentation, by Jean MacCormack, was “Feeding without Harm: Preventing Gastrostomy Tube Related Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers.” The UCSF presentation, by Olga Sukhenko, was “Improving Early Ambulation Rates in Patients with Primary Total Knee or Hip Arthroplasty.”

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