Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Best Way Home: Experience makes a difference for patients transitioning from hospital to home

Many patients discharged from the hospital this year will require skilled nursing and rehabilitation before returning home. They will face a monumental decision as to which team of doctors, therapists, nurses and social workers they will trust to help them recover. Each day, Heartland of Greenville treats patients with hospital-level acuity and medically complex conditions transitioning from hospital to home. According to Kara Hoernemann, administrator at Heartland of Greenville, “The patient’s best way home is through our doors. Our outcomes and professional experience reflect that. Last year, we admitted 316 patients, many of whom received rehabilitation care after surgery, illness or injury. Over 97 percent of our rehabilitation patients return home and to the community to lead independent, productive lives.”

“Our role in the spectrum of health care continues to expand and change, and our nurses and therapists have hundreds of years of combined experience. We believe this knowledge makes a monumental impact on our patients’ ability to recover,” said Chris Haney, Administrator Director of Nursing Services.

Whether a patient is recovering from surgery, illness or injury, Heartland works with the patient, family members and physicians to create individualized care plans that recognize the unique needs of each patient. Discharge planning begins on admission and goals are set to help the patient return home as quickly as possible.

“Our patients are coming to us younger and sicker and expect to recover quicker and return home,” Kristi Rogers, Director of Rehabilitation, said. “Our rehabilitation gyms are busier than ever, with patients working on regaining strength, stamina and the skills they need to return home.” Heartland of Greenville offers skilled nursing and physical, speech and occupational therapy for patients with hospital level medical acuity as they recover from surgery, illness or injury.

Heartland of Greenville, located at 243 Marion Drive in Greenville, Ohio, is part of the HCR ManorCare family, which is nationally recognized as a leading provider of short-term post-acute services. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 937-548-3141.

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