C.A Dean Hospital Addresses Home Health Shortage
Led by Jennifer Goodrich, vice president of finance, C. A. Dean Hospital is the first and only hospital in the state of Maine to obtain the designation of home health shortage area for the communities surrounding the hospital. The region will soon gain additional support in this area as we work to finalize the service line.
With patient safety at the forefront of their minds, C. A. Dean recognized the need for home health services in the region and so the work began. “Our Greenville patients can see a wait time of seven to ten days between the time they discover they have a need for home health and actually receiving the service” said Jennifer.
Jennifer worked very closely with the Health Program Manager at DHHS and Medicare to prove that C.A. Dean is in a home health shortage area. First, Medicare surveyed area home health agencies to see how they felt about their resources and how drastic the shortage might be. Once the surveys were collected, it was identified that C.A. Dean is serving a home health shortage area.
With this, we can provide visiting nurse services within this designated home health shortage area through the rural health clinic. We are working through the final details with Medicare at this time. Soon, we will introduce an office nurse who will be able to visit patients in their homes until the home health agency is available to begin seeing the patient in their home. This service will bridge the gap and patients will experience little to no wait time. This is another great stride in keeping our patients safer, helping them to avoid the emergency room, and preventing any unnecessary readmissions.
C.A. Dean is proud of the excellent and safe care that is delivered every day. We will continue to make every effort to meet the needs of our communities.