Fran Anderson, program director, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Center for Aging has been selected for the 2014 national prestigious Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health program
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (May 7, 2014) – Fran Anderson, program director, Senior Services ofSoutheastern Virginia Center for Aging has been selected for the 2014 national prestigiousPractice Change Leaders for Aging and Health programAnderson is one of only 10 Americans selected in a highly competitive nationwide applicationprocess for the Practice Change Leaders organization that builds leadership capacity amongprofessionals in health-related organizations, including those serving older adults.Awardees in the one-year Practice Change Leaders class receive $45,000, and interact withnational experts and mentors “to further develop their leadership skills and to complete a projectaimed at implementing a new geriatric service line or aging program,” according to the PracticeChange Leaders organization.Anderson’s project connects Senior Services’ Care Transitions program with older patients beingdischarged from the Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk. The program includes coaches whoempower patients to better understand their conditions, diet instructions, follow-up appointmentsand medical warning signs to prevent readmission.“Nationally, one-in-five older patients (ages 65 and up) are re-hospitalized in 30 days,” saidAnderson, who has worked with Senior Services for five years. “If people can stay out of thehospital, they can maintain their independence. If people are hospitalized repeatedly, they are indanger of losing their independence and have a poor quality of life.”John N. Skirven, CEO of Senior Services, called Care Transitions “an extremely importantproject initiative for Senior Services, one that is tied very closely to our mission of helpingseniors live with choice and dignity in their communities. America’s health care and communitybasedservice systems are undergoing major structural changes as a result of events set in motionby the Affordable Care Act. Care Transitions is part of how our agency is evolving to keep instep.”“Fran Anderson is an emerging leader on innovations in services for aging adults, and we areexcited that she will be in a position to exchange ideas with national experts,” Skirven added.Practice Change Leaders is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. HartfordFoundation. The program’s executive director is Dr. Eric Coleman, who developed an evidencebasedmodel for care transitions that is used across the nation.