February 20, 2012
Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Marks Move of KCH Home Health Care and Occupational Medicine
On Thursday, February 16, the Kane Area Development Center held a ribbon cutting to publicly announce the relocation of Kane Community Hospital Home Health Care and Occupational Medicine (OCCMED) program.
In January, KCH Home Health Care and KCH (OCCMED) moved to 198 N. Fraley Street, Kane from their former offices at Summit Medical Park. The new location offers enhanced space, greater access and convenience for customers and patients.
KCH will host an open house when the redesign of facility and the new OCCMED program are completed.
“KCH is redesigning its Occupational Medicine Program to provide critical access to care and services unique to new business and industry startups in our area,” stated J. Gary Rhodes, Vice President of UPMC Hamot and CEO, Kane Community Hospital.
“The OCCMED program redesign is being led by Janet Brunner, Senior Leader of Business Development at KCH. Carrie Lindquist, RN, was recently hired to coordinate the redesigned program as well as serve as a home health nurse. Sue Freer, RN, manages our KCH Home Health Care Program. Our programs are being redesigned to meet the changing needs of area business and industry, Rhodes said.”
KCH Home Health is the only Home Health Care/visiting nurse program associated with Kane Community Hospital, serving patients in roughly a 25-mile radius from the hospital. KCH, an affiliate of UPMC Hamot works with UPMC Hamot affiliated home care agencies to provide additional services such as Diabetic Education. KCH Home Health Care has an average 50 patient case load at any given time.
Among the home care services offered by 14 full-time and part-time nursing team are: skilled nursing care, diabetes counseling, nutrition and wellness counseling, pediatric nursing, wound and ostomy care, IV therapy, tube feedings, catheters, continence care, rehabilitation Services (Physical, Occupational and Speech therapies), home health aide, end of life care, social services and telehealth.
KCH Home Health Care proves "a continuity of care" for patients once they return home after a hospital, rehab or nursing home stay, allowing patients to spend less time in a care facility, but continue to receive care at home.
KCH Home Health Care not only bridges the care from hospital to home but also plays a major role in community healthcare. KCH Home Health Care offer hundreds of free blood pressure clinics, stroke assessments and other special screenings throughout the year in the communities served by KCH clinics, as well as public flu-shot clinics.
The KCH Occupational Medicine Program offers employers custom health care services to meet the needs of their employees. Many of the services offered include CDL physicals, company physicals, drug screens and collections, breath alcohol testing, vaccines, basic vision and hearing screens, TB Testing, and Spirometry testing. The new location offers longer business hours at a convenient location to meet the needs of our local businesses.
For more information about Kane Community Hospital Home Health or Occupational Medicine, call 1-800-565-9200 and ask for extension 4790.
New location of KCH Home Health Care and Occupational Medicine at 198 N. Fraley Street.
Holding the ribbon (l-r in front) are: Mary Parana, Director of Outpatient Services; Sue Freer, RN, Manager of KCH Home Health Care; Carrie Lindquist, RN, Occupational Medicine Coordinator; Janet Brunner, Senior Leader of business development and Gary Rhodes, Vice President of UPMC-Hamot and CEO of Kane Community Hospital. Others attending the ceremony include members of the Chamber or the Kane Area Industrial Development Corporation (KAIDC) (l-r): Nadine Holt, Sue Holt, Jim Airgood, Bill Yochim, Paramedic, Emergycare; Esther Kelley, EMT, Emergycare; Amy Smith, KCH Home Health Care office manager; Melanie Clabaugh, Director, Kane Area Development Corporation; Jim Greville, Jill Thompson, and Marilyn Blackmore.