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All Cornerstone Village campuses including our Health Care Center does not presently have any positive Covid-19 cases with staff or residents nor residents or staff with any signs or symptoms.  Out of an abundance of commitment to the resident safety, Cornerstone Village under the direction of our Medical Director, Dr. Amy Lawrence, had begun Covid-19 testing facility wide before the state recently required it statewide.   Our facility believed it was appropriate to proactively test all staff and residents, even though they did not have any symptoms.

As earlier stated, very few of initial facility wide tests came back positive.  The health department retested these individuals, and all such testing came back negative for Covid-19 infection.  As the state has now committed to facility wide testing, the health department is currently conducting another round of facility wide testing at our facility.

We have been asked why Cornerstone Village Health Care Center shows up on the listing of Tennessee facilities known to have COVID infection.   The initial test results were reported to the state before we realized we had any problem with the testing.  We have been told that the earlier tests showing positive for COVID by default placed us on this list even though immediate follow-up testing of the individuals done by the health department showed no infection for the virus.   We have requested that Cornerstone Village Health Care Center be appropriately removed as the earlier errored results were what we refer to as false positives.   However, we do not know when or if the listing will be corrected to reflect that Cornerstone Village Health Care Center currently has no COVID-19 infection in its facility.

Cornerstone Village continues to follow Joint Commission, CDC, and CMS guidelines and working closely with the Tennessee Department of Health.   Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

Cornerstone Village reports it does not currently have any staff or residents testing positive with Covid-19.   Under the direction of the facility’s Medical Director, Dr. Amy Lawrence, the facility chose to proactively test its staff and residents.

On April 24th, unfortunately, the facility had 3 staff members with positive results from the lab, which was using one of the CDC recommended type of tests. Upon discovery of the test results, the employees remained at home in quarantine and the facility reported the results to the health department.   Cornerstone Village has been working closely with the department of health and following the CMS, CDC guidelines.

Upon further testing by the department of health and the state lab, the employee test results were found negative for Covid -19 and the original lab tests were found to be faulty positive results or as we call them, false positives, which means the employees did not have Covid-19.  Although it was unfortunate to get false positive results, which can happen with Covid-19 tests, Cornerstone Village staff and residents were relieved to learn they did not have the Covid-19 virus in the facility.   The facility chose to know rather than ignore the possibility of someone carrying the virus in the facility. 

The next round of proactive testing of staff and residents is being conducted by the facility and sent to the health department for their state lab to process the results.  The facility is very appreciative of our health department’s assistance.

Cornerstone Village’s Health Care Center is a Joint Commission Accredited facility that will remain vigilant protecting our residents and staff by following CDC guidelines and being proactive.

We covet your prayers and support as our healthcare facility along with all in our local region and nation contend with this virus.

Cornerstone Village Health Care Center

In our recent statement provided to you we addressed that Cornerstone Village Health Care Center strategically implemented widespread COVID-19 testing going above and beyond current regulatory requirements. The norm is to test individuals that feel sick or have exhibited symptoms. However, we concluded that while testing individuals with symptoms is helpful, it leaves too large a gap for potential unknown infection to exist. In order to enhance resident safety, though not required to do so, we elected to test 100% of the facility’s staff and residents and implement a system of periodic 100% facility – wide testing.

Of significant importance to us is discovering a staff member who say may have become infected at the grocery store, but who does not know they have COVID-19. These sorts of transmissions are indeed occurring in the general public which lends our facility to believe its staff are also at risk of similar infection. Our prayers are for no infections at all. Our strategy is to recognize infection quickly if it does occur and as such mitigate the opportunity for infection to spread.

It is our belief that soon regulations will require all healthcare facilities to conduct widespread testing. Below are a couple of articles that indicate such enhanced testing maybe on the regulatory horizon.

Widespread testing is not without its difficulties and complexities. It is a very expensive lab to process, though we are encouraged that Medicaid and Medicare intend to assist facilities with the cost. Current available COVID-19 testing technologies are experiencing some degree of false positives, we are unaware of false negatives, but they may exist also. However, we decided that though imperfect the appropriate course for us to take is to commit to widespread periodic testing of all individuals, including those who do not feel sick.

Cornerstone Village Assisted Living and Memory Care South

Cornerstone Village Assisted Living and Memory Care South formerly known as Pine Oaks Assisted Living strategically implemented widespread COVID-19 testing going above and beyond current regulatory requirements. The norm is to test individuals that feel sick or have exhibited symptoms. However, we concluded that while testing individuals with symptoms is helpful, it leaves too large a gap for potential unknown infection to exist. In order to enhance resident safety, though not required to do so, we elected to test 100% of the facility’s staff and residents and implement a system of periodic 100% facility – wide testing.

Of significant importance to us is discovering a staff member who say may have become infected at the grocery store, but who does not know they have COVID-19. These sorts of transmissions are indeed occurring in the general public which lends our facility to believe its staff are also at risk of similar infection. Our prayers are for no infections at all. Our strategy is to recognize infection quickly if it does occur and as such mitigate the opportunity for infection to spread.

It is our belief that soon regulations will require all healthcare facilities to conduct widespread testing. Below are a couple of articles that indicate such enhanced testing may be on the regulatory horizon.

Widespread testing is not without its difficulties and complexities. It is a very expensive lab to process, though we are encouraged that Medicaid and Medicare intend to assist facilities with the cost. Current available COVID-19 testing technologies are experiencing some degree of false positives, we are unaware of false negatives, but they may exist also. However, we decided that though imperfect the appropriate course for us to take is to commit to widespread periodic testing of all individuals, including those who do not feel sick.

Cornerstone Village Independent Living North and South

Cornerstone Village Independent Living North and South Campuses strategically implemented widespread COVID-19 testing going above and beyond current regulatory requirements. The norm is to test individuals that feel sick or have exhibited symptoms. However, we concluded that while testing individuals with symptoms is helpful, it leaves too large a gap for potential unknown infection to exist. In order to enhance resident safety, though not required to do so, we elected to test 100% of the facility’s staff and residents and implement a system of periodic 100% facility – wide testing.

Of significant importance to us is discovering a staff member who say may have become infected at the grocery store, but who does not know they have COVID-19. These sorts of transmissions are indeed occurring in the general public which lends our facility to believe its staff are also at risk of similar infection. Our prayers are for no infections at all. Our strategy is to recognize infection quickly if it does occur and as such mitigate the opportunity for infection to spread.

It is our belief that soon regulations will require all healthcare facilities to conduct widespread testing. Below are a couple of articles that indicate such enhanced testing may be on the regulatory horizon.

Widespread testing is not without its difficulties and complexities. It is a very expensive lab to process, though we are encouraged that Medicaid and Medicare intend to assist facilities with the cost. Current available COVID-19 testing technologies are experiencing some degree of false positives, we are unaware of false negatives, but they may exist also. However, we decided that though imperfect the appropriate course for us to take is to commit to widespread periodic testing of all individuals, including those who do not feel sick.

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Coronavirus Health & Safety Precautions

The health, well-being, and safety of residents remains our facility’s number one priority. As a measure of caution for our elderly population that is vulnerable, we are limiting visitors to our building at this time. We strive to provide as much protection to our residents as possible, especially during this challenging time. Others who wish to visit, in a critical circumstance situation, will need to be cleared by our administrator and director of nursing.
 
We take these steps not to cause anxiety or concerns on behalf of residents or loved ones, but to let everyone know we are committed to doing everything reasonably possible to provide a setting emphasizing sound health.

The Joint Commission awards its Gold Seal exclusively to facilities meeting strict criteria for care and services provided to residents.  Because of the rigorous examination process, just 6% of nursing facilities nationwide earn this honor.  Cornerstone Village Health and Rehabilitation Center is pleased to also join such world-renown hospitals as Johns Hopkins, The Mayo Clinic, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Duke University Hospital, and the Cleveland Clinic Center in attaining The Joint Commission Gold Seal.

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