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THE OLDEST LIVING MAN IN AMERICA

THE OLDEST LIVING MAN IN AMERICA
TURNED 111 YEARS OLD on March 31st

(Rock Island, IL) Shelby Harris (born March 31, 1901) is a resident of Rock Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and is an American supercentenarian. Now at 111 he is currently the oldest living resident of Illinois and the oldest man in the United States.  Harris was born and grew up in southern Indiana in a town called Ayrshire. During his youth, he started working in the coal mines in that area until he was offered a job at the Union Malleable (now John Deere) foundry in East Moline, IL. At the age of 41, Harris joined the army to serve in World War II, but due to a broken ankle, he did not make it out of boot camp.

Harris actively served as a deacon for Second Baptist church up until he was 102 and entered Rock Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Center when he was 105. He is a great-great-great-grandfather and his youngest grandson is 57 years old. He has outlived his three daughters and two wives.

When asked what two things are left on his “bucket list”, Shelby answers “I’d like to play baseball just one more time and possibly get married again. I have only just begun to live and I plan on sticking around,” he added. In celebration of his 111th birthday, Shelby threw out the first pitch of opening day for The River Bandits AAA minor league baseball game in Davenport, IA on April 5, 2012.

Harris has been a resident of Rock Island Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for more than 10 years and enjoys the company of his fellow residents and the entire staff, especially the “pretty nurses and CNA’s.”  Shelby participates in many activities including Wii bowling, exercise programs and social events. His favorite food is fried catfish and sweet potato pie.

Bryan Barrish, President, SIR Management a consulting company to Rock Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Center stated, “I am thrilled that Mr. Harris has achieved this milestone and chose Rock Island Nursing & Rehab as his home.” Barrish continued, “he continues to do well and I am proud of our staff that have helped him celebrate his 111th birthday. Everyone works hard to ensure all of our residents get the care they need and live a dignified life.”

Harris is seemingly a lifelong Democrat voting for John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Barack Obama in 2008. He credits his longevity to God, and his grandson says he takes good care of himself and still has a good memory.

About Rock Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Rock Island Nursing and Rehabilitation Center specializes in providing care to those individuals in need of skilled nursing care for an extended period or for short-term rehabilitation. While they are located in the Quad Cities area, they are sought out from out of state families for the level of care it provides. Healthcare services include on-site hemodialysis, bariatric care, ventilator and tracheostomy care, Alzheimer’s Memory Care and physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation therapy in a skilled nursing environment.

About SIR Management
SIR Management provides expert consultation in Long Term Care, through a network of thirteen nursing facilities throughout the Chicago Metro area including Byron, Decatur, Rockford and Rock Island. SIR Management services include Rehabilitation, Advanced Acute Care, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care Services, On-Site Dialysis, Hospice Care, Bariatric Care, Respite Care and Adult Day Care.

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Bryan Barrish and a Tip of His Hat to Oprah

While reviewing and reading the Nominees submitted by all of the facilities for our employee of year awards I was reminded of something that I had seen earlier in the year.  It was a discussion of a “calling”  and all of our nominees in some way – in many different job titles have a calling.  The discussion was from an Oprah show- and whether you’re a fan or not- the piece was very moving and has stuck with me since.   

I would like to share a bit of the my edits to her transcript from her last show:

“What I knew for sure from this experience with you is that we are all called. Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it. Every time we have seen a person on this stage who is a success in their life, they spoke of the job, and they spoke of the juice that they receive from doing what they knew they were meant to be doing.  Because that is what a calling is. It lights you up and it lets you know that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be, doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. To live from the heart of yourself.  You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.”

 “Each one of you has your own platform. Do not let the trappings here fool you. Mine is a stage in a studio, yours is wherever you are with your own reach, however small or however large that reach is. Maybe it’s 20 people, maybe it’s 30 people, 40 people, your family, your friends, your neighbors, your classmates, your classroom, your co-workers. Wherever you are, that is your platform, your stage, your circle of influence. That is your talk show, and that is where your power lies. In every way, in every day, you are showing people exactly who you are. You’re letting your life speak for you. And when you do that, you will receive in direct proportion to how you give in whatever platform you have. ”

“Nobody but you is responsible for your life. It doesn’t matter what your mama did; it doesn’t matter what your daddy didn’t do. You are responsible for your life. … You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself, and you’re responsible for the energy that you bring to others.”

“Start embracing the life that is calling you and use your life to serve the world and recognize what you bring in energy to the table.”

This is a lesson I will walk with for the rest of my life and I share it with our employees and the employees of the facilities we provide consultation to within our business.

Bryan Barrish Announces Employee of the Year 2011

SIR Management in Chicago recently announced the recognition of outstanding employees, “Employee of the Year”, from among its consultant thirteen nursing facilities.  These dedicated, hard-working staff members to be considered for the award have gone above and beyond the call of duty.  Employees were nominated by facility administrators for the “Burton Behr Memorial Award” named in honor of a cherished employee and were selected from the employee of the month winner’s pool.  “Burton Behr was a friend, mentor, partner and my brother-in law who worked for SIR Management and died in 2010”, states Bryan Barrish, President of SIR Management .  “Burton understood well the value of good and exceptional employees and continued to push and direct our facilities to providing the best customer service in every area within our operation.”

 My open letter to SIR Management and our consultant facility’s employees announcing the renaming of the award:

 “Collectively we have over 2,000 employees within SIR Management’s consulting facilities.  Each and every employee plays a role in the success (or failure) of a facility.  I see this when I visit the facilities; the CNA who spends a little extra time with a resident who is nervous about her upcoming doctor visit, the Activity Aide who works one on one with a resident who doesn’t like to participate in group activities, and the housekeeper who talks and visits with residents while he cleans their rooms.  All of them are great employees, and employees we are proud to have working with us.” 

 “In addition to the good employees often there are the exceptional employees – the employees that not only go above and beyond but will do whatever they need to do to make the lives of our residents better; the CNA who shops resale shops on her own time to gather winter coats for residents that don’t have one, the Nurse who walked several miles to get to work in a snowstorm, the PRSC who tirelessly works with a resident to find their long-lost loved one before the resident dies.  These are examples of exceptional employees – employees that not only give a 100% but give 110%.  When I hear about these employees and their stories it warms my heart and reminds me why I got into this business years ago – to make a difference in the lives of others and these employees surely do make a difference.” 

 “The renaming of this award is a tip of my hat to a gentleman who understood our business, who understood that you can’t have good customer services without good employees.”  

 The “Burton Behr Memorial Award” was presented on Friday, December 16, 2011, to the following employees: 

 Employee of the Year – Lenin Rodriguez, Wilson Care

First Runner Up – Deneka Casimero, Albany Care

Second Runner Up – Sharon Walter, Decatur Manor Healthcare

Employees are the best tool in the fight for good Customer Services

Collectively SIR Management has over 2200 employees within our consulting facilities. Each and every employee plays a role in the success (or failure) of a facility’s operation. I see this when I visit facilities; the CNA who spends a little extra time with a resident who is nervous about her upcoming Doctor visit, the Activity Aide who works one on one with a resident who doesn’t like to participate in group activities, and the housekeeper who talks and visits with residents while he cleans their rooms. All of them are examples of a good employees, and employees we are proud to have working with us.

In addition to the good employees often there are the exceptional employees- the employees that not only go above and beyond but will do whatever they need to do to make the lives of our residents better; the CNA who shops resale shops on her own time to gather winter coats for residents that don’t have one, the Nurse who walked several miles to get to work in a snowstorm, the PRSC who tirelessly works with a resident to find their long lost loved one before the resident dies. These are examples of exceptional employees. Employees that not only give a 100% but are giving 110%. When I hear about these employees and their stories it warms my heart and reminds me why I got into this business years ago- to make a difference in the lives of others and these employees surely do make a difference.

Each year our facilities select an employee of the year from the winners of the facility’s employee of the month. These dedicated, hard-working people are staff members to be proud of and honored. Each Administrator submits a summary of why they believe their employee should become the SIR Management Employee of the Year, now established in 2011 called

The Burton Behr Memorial- SIR Management Employee of the Year Award.

Burton Behr was a friend, mentor, partner and my brother-in law who worked for SIR Management and died in 2010. Burton understood well the value of good and exceptional employees and continued to push our facilities to providing the best customer service in every area within our operation. The renaming of this award is my tip of my hat to a gentleman who understood our business, who understood that you can’t have good customer services without good employees.

Regency Rehab (Niles, IL) Awarded Best Design

SIR Management facility awarded Dining Room Renovation Best in Class 2011

Regency Rehabilitation Center Long Term Living magazine award winning dining room.

(October 4, 2011 – Niles Illinois) SIR Management facility, Regency Rehabilitation Center in Niles, Illinois, has been named Best in Category 2011 by “Long Term Living” Magazine for their newly-renovated dining facility. Once an “easy-to-maintain” somewhat Spartan cafeteria, the new dining room now calls to mind a five-star restaurant. Elegant fixtures, warm rich colors, wall coverings and cozy flooring selections, and high-quality furniture set off the custom lighting and artwork selections.

According to Bryan Barrish (http://www.BryanBarrish.com), Regency’s President, “We’re really honored to receive this award. All SIR Management facilities emphasize the need for a supportive environment for residents that’s as much like home as possible. Our Regency Rehabilitation team and our contractors were tasked with designing a space that was inviting, stimulating and accommodating to a variety of physical needs. Ultimately we wanted a better dining experience for our residents that facilitated socialization. To be honored in such a public way is exciting as well as rewarding.”

Over 200 submissions were reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel of invited judges from the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE). The top projects in each category were selected for display and voting on Long-Term Living’s website. Visitors voted and the highest rated was awarded Best in Category http://www.sirmanagement.com/about/long-term-living-dining-hall-regency.pdf

About Regency Rehabilitation Center
Regency Rehabilitation Center has proven itself to be a leader and innovator in providing outstanding health care services to the greater Chicagoland area. For the past three decades, Regency has been offering a complete line of health care options which enable the elderly to live as independently as possible, thus providing them reassurance that they will receive the level of care suited to their individual needs. Healthcare services include skilled and intermediate nursing care, specialized Alzheimer’s unit, dialysis services, occupational, physical and speech therapy in a beautiful, family friendly environment. Regency has always been at the forefront in utilizing the latest technology available for providing care and comfort to its residents.

About SIR Management
SIR Management provides expert consultation in Long Term Care, through a network of thirteen nursing facilities throughout the Chicago Metro area including Byron, Decatur, Rockford and Rock Island. SIR Management services include Rehabilitation, Advanced Acute Care, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care Services, On-Site Dialysis, Hospice Care, Bariatric Care, Respite Care and Adult Day Care.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Rock Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Rocks for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care

 The Rock Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, a SIR Management Facility (http://www.sirmanagement.com), was excited to have a team participate in the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s”, Saturday, September 10th, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) in the Quad Cities.  Bryan Barrish, President of SIR Management acknowledged that “earlier this year, our residents created and donated artwork in the “Memories in the Making” fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.  A big part of our facility’s business is being part of the community we serve; participating in events like this demonstrates our commitment to the community. I am proud that our employees (and residents) wanted to participate in these activities.” 

 Mr. Barrish added that “with the most recent stories in the news about Pat Summit and Glen Campbell and their challenges with this disease, the general public has again begun to start focusing on the population suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.   Our facility provides this level of care and works with family members to relieve the stress this disease can cause on family caregivers and loved ones.”

 The Rock Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has a secure, certified Alzheimer’s/Dementia unit ensuring the safety and resident centered care for those with their unique memory care needs.  Our secured unit provides residents with protection from wandering, a common practice of those with Alzheimer’s, without proper supervision.  The Rock Island unit is certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health and has staff with specialized training for caring with the dementia diagnosed residents. 

 According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 5.4 million Americans have the Alzheimer’s disease.  It is estimated that with the current rate of development, by 2050, there will be nearly 16 million Americans with the Alzheimer’s disease.  The costs for providing care are also increasing at a similar exponential rate.

Albany Care Evanston IL Hosts Art Fair

(Evanston, IL – September 1, 2011) – Albany Care, a SIR Management facility, will again host its Annual Art Fair on Friday, September 16, 2011 from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm.

 The community, supporters of the arts and mental health advocates are invited to attend this free event.  The fair will be held in beautiful Grey Park in Evanston, located at the corner of Main and Ridge, across the street from Albany Care.  The community is invited to view and/or purchase the creative works of Albany Care’s talented residents.  Refreshments will be served.

 Bryan Barrish, President of SIR Management, supports this project annually for its many benefits.  “The residents of Albany Care work really hard every year to prepare for this event by painting, sketching, making jewelry, doing needlework, and writing poetry.  I have worked with residents suffering from psychiatric illness a long time, and I have always been amazed at the artistic talents of these individuals. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to see how productive and artistic people can be, despite their psychiatric disabilities.”

 In case of rain, the event will move indoors to Albany Care’s Little Theater, located at 901 Maple in Evanston. 

For more information, please contact LaRhonda Reaves at 847-475-4000.