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Angie Szumlinski, NHA, RN-BC, RAC-CT and BS

Director of Risk Management

Angie SzumlinskiMs. Szumlinski is a nationally-recognized leader in long-term care with experience as an Owner/Provider, Administrator, Director of Nursing, Corporate Quality Assurance Coordinator and independent consultant. Ms. Szumlinski conducts risk management visits at facilities across the country, touching every acuity level within the post-acute care spectrum. Ms. Szumlinski served as an Associated Board Member for NCAL, is a member of the AHCA/NCAL Quality Committee, NCAL Risk Management Committee, HCAM Legal/Clinical Committee and is a Senior Examiner/Team Leader for the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Program. Ms. Szumlinski is a Nurse Planner for the HealthCap® ANCC accredited education program.

eCR Now: COVID-19 Electronic Case Reporting

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured, News

Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) is the automated generation and transmission of case reports from the electronic health record (EHR) to public health agencies for review and action. eCR makes disease reporting from healthcare to public health faster and easier. It moves data securely and seamlessly from the HER at the point of care, to data systems at state, territorial, and …

“Fat and Fit” in Doubt – Darn!

Angie Szumlinski News

The prevalence of overweight and obesity has reached pandemic proportions and people with these conditions present with an increased cardiometabolic risk. Some evidence suggests, however, that a high cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) might mitigate the detrimental effects of excess body weight on cardiometabolic health, termed the “fat but fit” paradox. In a recent study “fat but fit” identified that although physical …

Hats off to Vaccine Manufacturers

Angie Szumlinski News

Moderna Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA) announced results from in vitro neutralization studies of sera from individuals vaccinated with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine showing activity against emerging strains of SARS-CoV-2. Vaccination with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine produced neutralizing titers against all key emerging variants tested, including B.1.1.7 and B.1.351, first identified in the U.K. and Republic of South Africa. The two-dose regimen …

Risk Assessment and Testing Considerations – Congregate Care Facilities

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

Over a million Americans reside in Congregate Care Facilities (CCFs), which provide housing and some services for individuals who do not need skilled nursing care. CCFs include assisted living facilities, independent living facilities, and memory care units. While healthier than nursing home residents, CCF residents face substantial risk of excess death and morbidity from COVID-19. Many residents and staff in …

Be Alert – Be Aware

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Social isolation – a measure of an individual’s social contact and networks, is detrimental to health and well-being. Two researchers (Berkman and Syme) developed the “Social Network Index, a summary measure of social isolation derived from several components: Marital status Participation in church groups and other groups Number and frequency of contact with close friends/relatives They found that men and …

Counterfeit Respirator Notification

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

On February 11, 2021, 3M issued a letter to their customers warning about fraud related to three of their surgical respirator models. The company said they have been received reports of both fake/counterfeit products being sold and ‘offers’ that are never delivered. By working with law enforcement, they have been able to identify and seize millions of such products, but …

Full-Dose Blood Thinners – COVID-19 Treatment

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In large clinical trials conducted worldwide, full-dose anticoagulation (blood thinner) treatments given to moderately ill patients hospitalized for COVID-19 reduced the requirement of vital organ support, such as the need for mechanical ventilation. A trend in possible reduction of mortality was also observed and is being further studied. With large numbers of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization, these outcomes could also …

Variants – Trouble Ahead

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

SARS-CoV-2 variants from the UK., South Africa, Brazil, and even the U.S. will require researchers to be “nimble” to keep up with them, and make vaccination against the virus even more essential, Anthony Fauci, MD, said at a White House COVID-19 press briefing. With variants estimated to become the dominant cause of infections in the U.S. by the end of …

New President – New Plan

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

President Joseph R. Biden has unveiled a plan to jump-start the nation’s faltering COVID-19 vaccine effort that will include establishing mass vaccination sites and mobile vaccine clinics around the nation. The plan calls for a $20 billion investment in a national vaccination program. According to the CDC, 31 million COVID-19 doses have been distributed and 12.2 million have been administered …

Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes: Windmill Manor

Angie Szumlinski Featured

Our newest HealthCap Heroes are a powerful duo from Windmill Manor. Administrator Stacey Cremeens and Assistant Director of Nursing Jess Caster have truly exemplified what it means to be a hero and are an inspiration to all staff members in their facility. Check out these heartwarming testimonies about the lengths these ladies have gone to for the good of those …