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Published on January 23, 2013

KishHealth System Home Care Began January 1

January 23, 2013 

KishHealth System takes over county home care services

DeKalb, IL – Beginning Jan. 1, KishHealth System began caring for patients of DeKalb County Health Department’s Home Care program that ended Dec. 31, 2012.  KishHealth System has acquired the service from the health department. Home health care allows individuals to remain independent and postpones or eliminates the need for a nursing home or other care facility after hospitalization.  

“Bringing this service into the health system also allows us to provide uninterrupted care for patients from the hospital to the time they transition home,” says KishHealthSystem Home Care director, Lisa Hardcastle, RN. “And through KishHealth Home Care, we’re continuing the high quality of care that the county began. We’re also able to expand our services to areas not previously covered by the county, including the outlying communities around our two main hospitals, Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb and Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich.” KishHealth Home Care hired a number of the home health workers whose jobs were eliminated from DeKalb County Health Department as well as internal employees to fill the new positions created by the health system. 

“KishHealth System is able to respond to all of the recent regulatory changes in home health stemming from the Affordable Care Act,” said Pamela Duffy, RN, KishHealthSystem chief nursing officer, and president of KishHealth Home Care. “Our home care team is backed with great resources – technology, education, and a connection to all the services the health system offers.” 

KishHealth Home Care services include skilled nursing, home health aides, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and medical social workers, and allow robust and coordinated services throughout the entire health system, including laboratory services, respiratory therapy and social services and case management. 

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