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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

May 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 5

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Simulated staffing

Model helps transitional care nursing home deploy workers effectively

By Gavin L. Collins

Instead of going home, sometimes hospital patients are discharged to a transitional care unit in a nursing home for rehabilitation over an extended period before moving to a home or another permanent setting. Reducing costs in this process is a priority at the federal, state and individual nursing home levels. A study of simulation modeling was conducted at the Boutwells Landing Care Center, a Presbyterian Homes and Services Continuing Care Campus in Minnesota, to see how to improve outcomes.


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