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Growing in Census and Staff: Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Therapy Celebrates Five Year Anniversary in Business


Flagstaff, AZ (PRWEB) May 31, 2015

This May marked five years in the long-term residential alcohol and drug treatment field for Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Therapy, located in Flagstaff, AZ.

“I think of anniversaries as a time to reflect on growth and goals,” said Keelyn Riley who has been a program therapist and staff development educator at Back2Basics for four and a half years. “We are in an optimal space of knowing what we want to offer and how we want to do it.”

Like many successful businesses, Back2Basics founder and CEO, Roy DuPrez found a hole in the system and aimed to fill it.

“Unlike other 30-day and short-term addiction treatment facilities, B2B residents are in the program for six months or more,” said DuPrez. “Our passionate staff builds relationships with each resident to help them learn the life-skills — self-worth, accountability, healthy diet, exercise, routine, team work, etc. — needed to sustain their sobriety beyond our walls.”

B2B is geared toward young adult males between the ages of 18 to 30 struggling with substance abuse. Since 2010 it has expanded in size, staff and program by developing a transition program known as Beyond the Basics for graduates of the initial six month program.

“Almost 100% of our residents stay on for Back2Basics,” said DuPrez. “These are the same young men who came to Flagstaff six months prior angry, afraid, resentful… some even kicking and screaming.”

While infrastructure has expanded one thing has remained constant said Spencer Gharrity, former B2B resident and current Residential Coordinator.

“Back2Basics has been growing, but the overall goal has been the same – help addicts truly recover.”


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Yoga Workout – The Staff

The Staff is a weighted version of the traditional yoga pose of uprightness. The exercise builds a strong spine and back. The weights appear to exercise the muscles of your back and shoulders, which they do, but the main object of the Staff is to exercise your abdominal muscles. A secondary benefit is the work you do on your quads and hamstrings.

Don’t collapse your spine as you do this exercise (in other words, don’t slump). If you don’t keep your spine erect and your elbows square, you won’t work your abdominal muscles.

You need both hand weights and ankle weights for this exercise. When you’re ready, follow these steps:

1. Sit on your buttocks with your legs straight in front of you, and roll the fleshy part of each buttock and thigh out from under your body. Pull your belly in, lean to one side, reach around your hip, grasp your buttock and inner thigh with your hand, and move the flesh to the outside. Do this for each buttock. After you finish, you’ll feel as if your “sit bones” are rooted downward a little bit more toward the floor. You’ll also be able to draw your belly in and work your abdominal muscles more deeply.

2. Grab the hand weights and bend your arms, holding the weights at ear level with your palms facing forward. This is the starting position. Don’t shrug your shoulders; look straight ahead throughout the exercise. If sitting upright while holding the weights is too uncomfortable for you, try placing a rolled-up blanket under your buttocks to encourage your pelvis to release. This way, you feel the natural curve of your lumbar spine again, which helps you sit up taller and straighter. You can also bend your knees.

3. Inhaling to a count of four, lift the weights straight up so your arms are extended. This action is what weightlifters call an overhead press. Engage your feet, flexing into all four corners to encourage you to tighten your abdominal muscles.

4. Exhaling to a count of four, lower your arms to the starting position. Feel your shoulder blades pulling down in rhythm to your breathing. As you slowly lower the weights, feel yourself working against the weight for resistance. This action is what weightlifters call a back lat pulldown.

Focus on your belly as you lift and lower the weights; your belly muscles support your back and spine.

Repeat this exercise six to eight times, pause to rest, and then do six to eight more repetitions.

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New Survey Finds Staff Turnover Top Concern for Healthcare Recruiters in 2015


CENTENNIAL, Colo. (PRWEB) March 31, 2015

A new study by Health eCareers found that nearly one-third of healthcare recruiters in the U.S. rank employee turnover as their greatest staffing concern this year and say hiring the best healthcare employees is only half the battle – once you have them, you need to keep them. The findings are part of Health eCareers’ new trends in healthcare recruiting blog series, which profiles the results of the 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey.

Turnover in hospitals has high numbers and results in high costs in the industry. According to 565 healthcare employer respondents in Health eCareers’ 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey, almost 30 percent expect that they will have more job openings in 2015 than last year, and 45 percent expect to have about the same. But forty-three percent of respondents say finding qualified talent is their number one obstacle.

Retention is the Solution

Employee retention should be the first line of defense to combat the challenges created by turnover and is a key strategic imperative for 90 percent of hospitals.

“According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the healthcare unemployment rate is 3.5 percent. Many economists feel full healthcare employment is between two and three percent, so this means we are very close to full employment,” says Bill Thomson, a healthcare staffing expert and account representative at Health eCareers.

This finding raises the question: where will healthcare get its new workers?

Thomson says because most healthcare professionals are currently employed, it’s much more effective and efficient to invest in retention than to go out, recruit and train new employees.

Tips for Recruiters to Shape Retention

Thomson offers healthcare recruiters the following tips to help hospitals with employee retention.

1. Hire someone who’s a good fit, not who comes at a low cost

Employee productivity, a direct result of the quality of hires, is a key issue within the hospital and healthcare workforce. Thomson cautions that recruiters should beware of promoting employees who do not have good leadership skills.

2. Push for impactful talent-management funding

Nearly 80 percent of Health eCareers’ survey respondents say employer brand and culture are “important,” while 17 percent say they are “not priorities at this time.” A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that healthcare systems invest significantly less in HR programs than other industries, and Thomson says it’s time for healthcare systems to step up to the plate and push for funding.

3. Emphasize the organization’s reputation in the recruiting process

Although the recruitment industry spent a whopping $ 16 billion dollars on advertising last year, Thomson questions the value of advertising if a brand evokes little name recognition or positive emotional value. Instead, he says using differentiation and affinity are key when trying to appeal to an increasingly limited talent pool.

4. Recognize and own a few key goals at a time

Thomson warns that abrupt change can destroy a positive work culture, so it’s key that leadership and the marketing teams identify the most important reasons why the facility is in business.

“There are so many forces that change the focus within a hospital,” he explains. “If patient satisfaction surveys are down, focus shifts. If costs get out of hand, focus shifts. The focus for recruiters mirrors the changing focus of the organization as a whole, and that’s unsustainable.”

Thomson says that changing goals frequently is confusing and unsettling and the decline in morale it induces trickles down from employees to patients.

He adds that the more services a hospital can provide to employees, such as flexible work schedules, employee referral bonuses and free concierge services, the more retention, and positive morale become established in the culture.

Learn More: Read the Health eCareers’ 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Blog Series and Download the Full Survey Report

To learn more about hiring the best healthcare talent, visit the 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey blog series and download the full 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey Report.

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