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Directors Sears, Laubert, Governor's Office Take "Technology Tour" of Maple Knoll

Directors Sears, Laubert, Governor's Office Take "Technology Tour" of Maple Knoll Communities

On Friday, June 22, Maple Knoll Village hosted staff of the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Governor’s office on a tour of its campus highlighting its culture of innovation as well as its partnership with the University of Cincinnati. In attendance were Beverly Laubert, Director of the Ohio Department of Aging, Barbara Sears, Director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid, and Kelly Reidenbach, Assistant Policy Director for the Governor’s office, as well as other leadership from the Administration, LeadingAge Ohio and Maple Knoll Communities.

 Tim McGowan Senior Vice President for Operations shares about Maple Knoll's award-winning SIBR rounds program with Directors Laubert and Sears

Highlights of the tour included:

  • Learning about Maple Knoll’s award-winning Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR) program, which has dramatically decreased hospitalizations, with zero turnover in rounding positions;
  • A tour of its prototype “smart house” in which Directors Sears and Laubert had the opportunity to meet with the UC College of Nursing’s researchers, as well as UC engineering students and even operate a care robot;
  • Plans for a new “Servus Hub,” a partnership between Maple Knoll Communities and RoundTower, which will be a testing ground for Maple Knoll residents to shape new products and innovations being brought to market.

UC Researcher Tamilyn Bakas demonstrates how V-Go the care robot is used in the Maple Knoll Smart House

“We are grateful to have had the opportunity to host a visit for those agencies that can have a direct impact on the way we care for seniors in the state of Ohio,” said Tim McGowan, Executive Vice President of Operations at Maple Knoll Communities.  “I am hopeful that Friday’s visit will open the doors necessary for some collaborations with the Department of Medicaid, the Ohio Department of Aging, the Governor’s office, and the UC Colleges of Nursing and Engineering. Working together, I am confident that we can conduct research that will advance the quality of life for seniors in all settings!”

LeadingAge Ohio delights in opportunities to showcase our members’ leadership within their communities and contributions to the field of aging services. If you have an innovative practice, approach or model that warrants sharing, contact Susan Wallace at

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