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Please enjoy this video visit to the Bridge at Highland, and better yet, come see us in person!  Give us a call at (615) 325-9263 anytime!


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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A photo of our happy children on the last day of summer camp.


At about an hour’s drive from Portland, Tennessee, we find ourselves surrounded by cows and horses feeding on grassy fields that are surrounded by beautiful tree covered hills; we are approaching Habegger’s Amish Market and we are excited!  We are greeted by our new Amish friends who treat us with a  wonderful meal and pleasant company.  Before we left, we met a young women who was inquiring about placing her loved one in the care of The Bridge at Highland.  She said she was impressed with our elder-centered care. The fact that we take our elders out on outings, like the one this day, really caught her attention.



The Bridge at Highland was voted ‘Best Assisted Living (or) Long-Term Care’ facility in the 2014 Toast of Sumner County news reader’s choice poll. The competition is held each year by the Gallatin News Examiner and The Hendersonville Star. More than 136,000 votes were cast this year.

“We are so honored and humbled to be the recipient of the Best Assisted Living/Long Term Care Facility in Sumner County,” said Karl Eck, Administrator at The Bridge. “The competition was quite fierce with two other homes also having been listed U.S. News and World Report as one of the best nursing homes in America. This award is so important to us because it is a direct reflection from not only our city, but also our entire county that we are the Assisted Living/Long Term Care Facility of choice by the people. I believe high star ratings are the gate people use to develop choices for Elder placement, but overall customer service, cleanliness, fine dining, quality care, and honest reputation is what ultimately sets us apart.”

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Memorial Day 2014 will always be especially memorable for the eight Seniors at The Bridge at Highland who have proudly served our Armed Forces with courage and honor.

The morning of May 26th our Seniors were awakened and prepared to participate in a special Memorial Day program on the grounds behind the Portland Public Library, wherein they would be recognized for their invaluable service to our country.

These eight veterans received VIP treatment – and deservedly so – as the facility van they were riding on would be escorted downtown by 18 motorcyclists from the American Legion Riders, Post 75.

As the bikers surrounded the front and rear of the van revving their engines, one of the women on board began to shed tears as she could hardly believe that this was being done for her husband. Behind and beside the van, police cars were speeding ahead to stop traffic, so the van and bikers would have clear passage on the road ahead of them.

While the names of all distinguished veterans in attendance were being called there was applause, standing ovations, smiles, and tears, all as a heartfelt show of gratitude on a very hot and humid Monday morning.

After the ceremony was done, many that were in the audience made their way through the crowd to personally congratulate, thank, and take pictures with our veterans again and again which made them feel genuinely appreciated and valued.

To all those who read this post, let us never forget the debt of gratitude we owe to these fine men and women we now serve proudly and honorably as they have done on our behalf in the past.

May God bless our Veterans, may God bless You, and may God bless America!

 – Angela Bell, Quality of Life Director

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There was no shortage of smiles, laughter, shouts of excitement, and in general complete delight with what was going on all around the evening of May 7th, as seven of our Bridge At Highland Seniors were thoroughly engaged and entertained at the annual appearance of the Carnival here in Portland.

Outside the walls of the nursing home, it was awe inspiring to see each of these Seniors in some way energized and transformed in an environment perfectly suited to sustain such an amazing change.

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Today, David Crews, a resident of the Bridge at Highland and retired Mississippi Pentecostal minister and Hurricane Katrina survivor, joined Portland, TN’s ministerial association.

The topic of the morning was The United States world healthcare rating which has dropped from 37th to 50th . We take 85% of world’s drugs but suffer from some on the worlds poorest health conditions. Top prayer requests are for health and financial reasons.

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A big thanks to our stakeholders who made it possible for our elders to be up and ready to go at 6:00 this morning for The National Day of Prayer Breakfast!   For the last three years Portland’s Ministers’s Network  and Chamber of Commerce have hosted The National Day of Prayer Breakfast.  Our elders and stakeholders have been blessed to participate each year and always look forward to the next! This years theme was “One voice United in Prayer”, which is exactly what we experienced.

After the prayer breakfast, and a joyful drive back filled with singing (watch the video…), elders and stakeholders watched a live video feed from Signature Healthcare’s own National Day of Prayer event.  Signature’s theme was “In Defiance of Suffering”.  After the video feed was through we had our own season of prayer.  In defiance of Suffering – we declare: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law!

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Celeste Hurt, HR Coordinator at Highland, took to heart the mission of getting complimentary biometric screenings for her stakeholders. Her efforts paid off with at least 65 staff members participating in the screenings!

Not only did Celeste fight for the biometric screenings, but for breast cancer awareness with at least 12 employees receiving their annual mammograms through the mobile mammography coach – that’s five more than last year!

Celeste does not stop. Take a look at her comment below.

“I think it was a good show and everyone was pleased with the turnout.  Thank you for all of your assistance and I am already looking forward to doing it again next year.”

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