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Memorial Golf Outing Update

A Special Message from a Friend

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We Made the Front Page of the Local Newspaper

We made the local paper front page

Thanks to those of you who have sponsored a tee or green and you still have time to send us the name of a vet please go to and sign up. we need the form no later than May 15.

Songs and Stories for Soldiers, Inc. Veterans Memorial Outing (Update)

Songs and Stories for Soldiers, Inc.
Veterans Memorial Outing (Updated)
May 19, 2019

Hole sponsorships As of May 6th:

40 Hole Sponsors

These 40 sponsors will remember a veteran and make it possible to send 400 MP3 players to Florida Department of Veterans Affairs 7 nursing homes; these generous people have already put us at 40% of our $10,000 goal.

To sponsor a hole please go to and sign up or call Dan Perkins @ 973.687.4826

Songs and Stories for Soldiers, Inc. Veterans Memorial Outing

Songs and Stories for Soldiers, Inc.
Veterans Memorial Outing
May 19, 2019

Hole sponsorships As of April 22:

Dunes Members: 7
Non-Dunes Members: 5

it possible to send 120 MP3 players to Florida
Department of Veterans Affairs 7 nursing homes; these
generous people have already put us at 12% of our
$10,000 goal.

To sponsor a hole, please go to and sign up
or call Dan Perkins @ 973.687.4826

Veterans Memorial Day Outing

Veterans Memorial Golf Outing
May 19, 2019
Dunes Golf Course, Sanibel
Benefitting Florida Veterans

Songs and Stories for Soldiers, Inc., a Sanibel veterans service foundation, and the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (FDVA) have announced that the beneficiaries of the Veterans Memorial Golf outing on Sunday May 19 will be the 1,000 veterans in the seven veterans nursing homes throughout the state of Florida.

Veterans’ nursing homes provide healthcare services to veterans who are suffering from dementia, or Alzheimer disease. In 1988, Florida citizens endorsed a constitutional amendment to create the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs as a separate agency charged with providing advocacy and representation for Florida’s veterans and to intercede on their behalf with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Their advocacy increases federal benefits for Florida’s veterans, improves the quality of life for veterans with service-connected disabilities, and provides access to federally funded medical care for eligible veterans.

Last year the 501c3 Songs and Stories and for Soldiers foundation, which provides MP3 player systems, did a pilot study with the FDVA at the Port Charlotte center and the system was so well received that both parties agreed to expand the program. All of the proceeds from this year’s outing will go to provide an MP3 player system to every veteran in the nursing homes.

Please consider sponsoring a green or tee in the name of a veteran by going to the website: to sign up. Every sign we put in place accomplishes two things. It pays for ten MP3 player systems for the veterans in the nursing homes and second it remembers a veteran who was important to you.

Sanibel is rich with many veterans who have served our country. With Memorial Day just a week after the outing it is a great time to remember a local veteran by sponsoring a tee or green. We need to raise $10,000 in order to give an MP3 player to every veteran in the FDVA nursing homes.

If you have questions or you want someone to come to your service organization or church to talk about the national organization started here on Sanibel, please contact Dan Perkins, 973-687-4826.

Veteran’s Memorial Tournament Shootout

Songs and Stories for Soldiers,
“Veterans Memorial Tournament”
5 players will have one shot to each win $1,000,000
More Information go to:
May 19, 2019
Dunes Golf, Sanibel

$5,000,000 Shoot Out

Songs and Stories for Soldiers,
“Veterans Memorial Tournament”
5 players will have one shot to each win $1,000,000
More Information go to:

Veteran’s Memorial Tournament


Presents The
“Veterans Memorial Tournament”

Sunday, May 19, 2019

9 AM Shotgun Start
Lunch After

Songs and Stories for Soldiers, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit foundation dedicated to serving the needs of veterans in the treatment of PTSD, Sleep Deprivation and Suicide prevention. Started on Sanibel, it now helps over 120 veterans facilities across America. It has distributed over 18,000 MP3 players to veterans free of charge. The foundation website is, and it has rich content free to vets.

All the net proceeds will go directly to the foundation to purchase Personal Audio System players for vets.

People will have an opportunity to sponsor a memorial sign for Tee or Green in the name of a friend or family member who is a veteran living or passed.

The day includes a round of golf, cart fee, lunch and prizes including a $5,000,000 5-person shootout. Stay and watch on many big screen TV’s the final round of the PGA tournament. A great day for great golf, food, and fun helping take care of our vets.

The fee for the outing is $48 for Dunes Members and $58 for the general public.

Green and Tee memorials will be $100
For more information contact:
Dan Perkins
Go to for more information

To reserve a tee time, please call the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club at: 239.472.2535

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Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP): The Facts and the Volente Solution

Where did the ASP come from?

Effective Nov. 28, 2017, all Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes must have an antibiotic stewardship program that includes antibiotic-use protocols and a system to monitor antibiotic use as part of their infection prevention and control program (IPCP), according to §483.80 (Infection Control) of the Code of Federal Regulations. The antibiotic stewardship program is a component of the Phase 2 rollout of the Reform of Requirements for Long-term Care Facilities, and surveyors will assess compliance with this new requirement of participation under F-tag 881 (ASP) during the Infection Control Facility Task that is a mandatory part of the new survey process.  

Is the ASP in effect now?

Yes, it went into effect on Nov. 28, 2017 but CMS has given an 18-month enforcement moratorium to all SNFs for several of the F-tags associated with the Phase 2. This includes F-Tag 881 for Antibiotic Stewardship. This mean they need to the best of their abilities to follow the ASP but when the State does their annual survey they will not be penalized at this point.

What is the purpose of the ASP?

Antimicrobial stewardship is a coordinated program with CMS and each individual state that promotes the appropriate use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics), improves patient outcomes, reduces microbial resistance, and decreases the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms. In a nutshell; reduce the use of antibiotics in SNFs to prevent creation of superbugs.  

“…a set of commitments and actions designed to optimize the treatment of infections while reducing the adverse events associated with antibiotic use.”

-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

How will this be done at the SNF level?

  • Leadership Support
  • Accountability
  • Drug Expertise
  • Policies to support optimal Antibiotic use
  • Tracking: Monitoring antibiotic prescribing, use and resistance
  • Reporting information to staff on improving use and resistance
  • Education 

Who serves on the committee for the SNF?

  1. Medical Director
  2. At least 1 attending prescriber
  3. Housekeeping
  4. Director of Nursing (DON)
  5. Dietary Services
  6. Pharmacist
  7. Executive Director
  8. Laboratory personnel

How Often do they need to meet and communicate?

Once a month for the operational staff, Quarterly for the Medical Director. Communications need to be distributed monthly to all members and in person to operational members.

What are the penalties if SNFs do not meet these standards?

There will be combination of the following; civil money penalties, payment denials for new admissions, or termination of their Medicare certification. Failure to comply will also affect their Star rating.

What is the 5 Star Rating for SNF?

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions. The ratings are based on the State Surveys for Health Inspections, Staffing and Quality Measures (QMs). A drop in Star Rating can have a great financial impact just as an increase in the Star Rating can increase profitability.  

Are most Skilled Nursing Facilities prepared for the ASP?    

NO!!!! They are looking for a Champion to come in and show them the best way to meet the regulations while not putting more of a burden on the existing staff. 

What Solution can Volente Healthcare provide?

Program vs Product – Yes, Volente is Diagnostic Laboratory but when it comes to Antibiotic Stewardship we are Volente Healthcare which has a packaged solution to ASP. There are several aspects the SNFs are looking for when they think about ASP; Education, Clinical, Pharmacy, Reporting, Staffing, Compliance and Cost. The Volente Healthcare program for ASP will address each of these issues.

How does the Volente Healthcare ASP Program solve these issues?

  1. Education – The Volente website will provide multiple Continuing Education modules on Antibiotic Stewardship. These certified CE courses will not only provide the needed education required for ASP they will also provide needed CE credits for the facilities medical staff. These courses have been reviewed by the Volente medical and pharmaceutical staff to assure they cover the most important aspects of the ASP.
  2. Clinical – The main issue that first needs to be addressed with ASP is does the patient have a Bacterial or Viral infection. By using the Volente; Gastro Dx, UTI Dx, Wound Dx, and Respi Dx clinically it can be determined if they have a bacterial or viral infection. To those patients which have a repeated bacterial infection or issues with their antibiotics the Volente Antibiotic Resistance Dx panel can determine the best medication therapy for them.
  3. Pharmacy – The Volente staff of pharmacists have been certified and trained to properly read all of the Volente test panels to help determine the best medication outcome for the facilities residents. The pharmacist will then work with the facilities pharmacy to create the needed medication management to eradicate the Bactria while assuring the use of the proper Antibiotic based on the patient’s DNA.
  4. Reporting – Working together the Volente medical and IT staff have created the needed monthly reports that the state surveyors will be reviewing to see that the ASP standards have been met. These reports can quickly be reviewed by the ASP Committee members for them to sign off on each month.
  5. Staffing – The ASP protocols are asking for the SNFs to have one ID champion on staff to oversee the program. Volente will provide staff members to allow them access to experts in the operational, medical and pharmaceutical fields that can provide the needed knowledge for this position to find all their answers at one source.
  6. Compliance – By assisting with the Educational, Clinical, Pharmacy, Reporting and Staffing needs Volente will help assure that each SNFs is in compliance with the ASP standards for their annual survey.
  7. Cost- Beyond the cost of the patients testing needs there are no additional costs associated with the Volente Healthcare ASP Program. 

You can contact Volente direct by going to their website

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