Site Visits 2019

Site Visits

Wednesday August 7, 2019: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (5-hour session)

SV 1
Businar Tour to The Homeplace at Midway, Kentucky
Limit 40 people

Mary Hopfner-Thomas, Project Manager, The Green House Project
Mary Lynn Spalding, President & CEO,  Christian Care Communities

Participants will engage in an interactive learning experience that begins with a trip to The Homeplace. Fun trivia about culture change and The Green House Project will leave attendees knowing more about the model than ever before. Upon arrival, hear the unique story of how a small community in Kentucky partnered with Christian Care Communities to establish the first Green House homes in Kentucky. Upon departure, attendees will engage in unpacking their learning by sharing insights and experiences with one another based on all that was seen and heard.


  1. Identify unique aspects of the Green House model in paired learning exercises in preparation of touring the Green House homes at The Homeplace.
  2. Learn about the history of The Homeplace and then tour Green House homes to review and evaluate how the Green House model is employed. Tours of the both assisted living and skilled nursing licensure will be available.
  3. Understand how the Green House model is lived out to fulfill the core values of Real Home, Meaningful Life and Empowered Staff. An exploration of the beliefs behaviors and systems that contribute to The Homeplace’s success, and ongoing challenges will be explored in paired learning exercises.

Mary Hopfner-Thomas

As Project Manager with the Green House Project for the last 8 years, Mary Hopfner-Thomas works closely with Green House homes to educate, mentor, and support Green House Educators on a variety of topics related to culture change, the Green House Project’s Core Values, and person-centered approaches to caring for elders and empowering team members, including Shahbazim, Educators, Guides, and Sages.

Mary Lynn Spalding

Mary Lynn Spalding joined Christian Care Communities in 2009 and was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2016. She brings over 30 years of business development and operational healthcare experience to the team. Prior to joining the organization Ms. Spalding was a Vice President with Trilogy Health Services, a Corporate Officer with Jewish Hospital St Mary’s Healthcare a well as served in regional and national leadership positions with publicly traded healthcare organizations. During her tenure with Christian Care Communities, Ms. Spalding successfully completed four major building projects, expanded and re-aligned home and community-based services, completed multiple acquisitions and divestitures as well as supported a system wide refinancing.  With emphasis on the needs of the senior population, Ms. Spalding has successfully implemented a unique approach to Alzheimer/Dementia care throughout the Commonwealth. Recently, the organization completed a strategic planning process, which allowed them to re-focus their core operations and position themselves for the future. Ms. Spalding is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, serves on multiple boards and is active in national and regional senior living and support services organizations.


SV 2
Nazareth Home
Limit 60 people

Mary Haynes, CEO and President, Nazareth Home, Inc.
Jack York, Founder, IN2L 

Your day promises to be one of discovery and engagement as the team at Nazareth Home in Louisville takes you on a tour of their community, sharing how their culture change journey has been guided by the Hatch Model, a model which supports changing culture through meaning, environment, clinical and workplace practices.  In addition to touring the campus, you will participate in 3 learning sessions.  You will see how they have brought individualization to the environment through their work with TrueDoors; how workforce innovation has been enhanced through technology and their partnership with IN2L; and how meaning and clinical practice have come together through their Connected Affirmation Palliation (CAP) program, which focuses on the integration of palliative care and engagement technology as central components to restorative, activity and therapy programs in senior living. The CAP program aims to increase the opportunity for person-centered care to grow beyond the traditional standard and daily life of persons living in nursing and assisted living communities while creating pathways that increase active daily living and provide a road map as to how to pivot into the palliative care phase.


  1. Experience how the team at Nazareth Home has used the Hatch Model to guide their culture change journey.
  2. Learn how senior living and engagement technology organizations can partner to develop and implement innovation and comprehensive palliative care programs, such as CAP and recognizing how technology can help deliver the information family, friends and staff need to prepare for the dying process.
  3. Ascertain the importance of providing person-centered experiences and affirming the life lived by each person using their story.

Mary Haynes

President and CEO of Nazareth Home in Louisville, Kentucky, since 2001, Mary Haynes is an active advocate for innovation in long term care and began Kentucky’s first dementia support homes.  Nazareth Home is a 5 Star nursing home ranked among the nation’s top 10% of communities.  Due to its leadership in person-centered and rehabilitation care, Nazareth Home has received the distinction of the state’s Facility of the Year and was designated one of Louisville’s Top Workplaces.  As the founder of the Kentucky Coalition for Person-Centered Care, Mary is engaged with CMS as the leader of the state’s stakeholder group for improvement initiatives.  She has been honored by her peers for leadership and community education.   A frequent thought leader presenter and a Louisville Business First ‘leader to watch,” Mary’s most recent frontier is the promotion of a better understanding of palliative care. This past year, she was recognized for her leadership in elder care in Kentucky with the Champion for Aging Award.

Jack York

Jack York is the founder of IN2L, a computer system that integrates the hardware, software, media and various components necessary to allow virtually any person with any interest in using a computer — regardless of background, physical or intellectual abilities — to do so pleasurably, engagingly, and without frustration.