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Portland, Tenn. – The Bridge at Highland has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

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Our spirits were revived as we sang songs of praise to God and feasted on the Bread of Life.

Topic: The Compassion of Jesus (Matthew 9:35-38)

Our Commitment:  Lord, we allow you to use us to share your Good News to everyone, everywhere.   God we want to relieve suffering and promote healing.  We know that there are more who need help than those available to help; God please send more help!



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For 25 years Sharon Jackson and her family have been visiting elders at The Bridge at Highland. “We bring jelly bean Dixie Baskets on  Easter and little stuffed animals on Christmas, it’s a family thing that we have done for years”, said Jackson’s daughter Cindy.  Quoting her mother, Cindy said “Ask mamma and she’ll tell you ‘I love doing anything for my God.’”

Thank you Jackson family. Our Elders Appreciate you and we do too!


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Except for the occasional “yes”, “nope” or “whoa!”, Mr. Rigsbee has not been able to speak for several years. But miraculously, in recent weeks, his vocabulary suddenly revived in a surprising way. During a recent worship service, one of our awesome Quality of Life team members, Maddie Palma, had a most unusual experience with him. She got close to him, took his hands and smiled while she sang a treasured hymn; “Jesus, Something About That Name”!

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For the second time during the same setting, one of our elders made the request to the E J Rider Band, “I want to hear ‘Walking With Jesus’ again”, and they obliged.  There is something special about this song that has our Elders requesting it time and time again. Thank you E.J. Rider Band!

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Elders gather for a Good Friday service and to watch Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of The Christ” projected larger than life.

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. - Isaiah 53:5 NKJV-


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It was a worshipful family atmosphere as residents at The Bridge at Highland partook in the foot-washing and communion emblems in celebration of Holy Thursday.  The activity was put on by our Quality of Life team, who invited Pastor Victor Creasy of Halltown Baptist Church in Portland, TN, to lead out in the Holy Thursday services.  Pastor Creasy was joined by Alexis Mangrum, Anisia Castillo, and Jane Garcia—students at Highland Academy of Seventh-day Adventists—in providing a heartfelt service commemorating the last supper of Christ and His disciples, which takes place on the Thursday before Easter.

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On Palm Sunday, a group of our elders, palm leaves in hand,  gather  to watch the “Triumphal Entry” scene portrayed from three great Jesus films:  Jesus of Nazareth, The Greatest Story Ever Told and The Gospel According to Matthew.  The scenes from Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-40; and John 12:12-19 were also read aloud.  Palm waving was not limited to the television monitor or  pages of scripture, as you can see from these pictures.


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Hit the Big Plastic Blow-Up Ball

While watching our Elders and student volunteers play a lively game I call “Hit the Big Plastic Blow-up Ball”, I was reminded of a timeless scripture proverb.  Most are probably familiar with the King James Version wording of Proverbs 17:22,   ”A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Oh how I love these words! They echo through my mind, transporting me back to my childhood, to the voices of my mother and father, who taught me well.  As you enjoy the pictures and video footage taken from the epic game you might find yourself asking, “If this isn’t a glimpse of a ‘merry heart’, what is?”

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More than 1,000 Signature staff members registered for the recent Spirituality LearnFEST, a virtual learning conference that encouraged participants to consider the impact of spirituality, if fully activated, in a long-term care environment.

And that number doesn’t even include the many who joined in groups, in offices, breakrooms and wherever there were TVs or computers at Signature centers across 10 states to view the live broadcast. The event featured sessions that tied spirituality to numerous aspects of long-term care and health care, from clinical care to legislative involvement and the impact of spirituality in the workplace.

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On March 12 and 13 Signature HealthCare’s Department of Spirituality hosted a company wide LearnFest.  The LIVESTREAM LearnFest focused on the connection between Spirituality and physical healthcare.  Great topics that were covered included “The Power of the Ask”, in the context of prayer and miracle healings  and “Bringing Life Back to our People:  The Music & Memory Story”.  The Bridge at Highland participated during all all sessions.

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