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Community Hospital Corporation Expands Post-acute Care Growth Opportunities


PLANO, TX – (July 11, 2014) – Many acute care hospitals are not designed to handle the demands of patients requiring long term acute care. That accounts in part for the growth of Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) opportunities.

 

While LTACHs are specifically designed to serve medically complex patients who require extended recovery time, “they currently serve about two percent of patients who ‘fall out’ of or beyond their short term acute hospitalization, but who still need to be hospitalized, often for 25 days or more,” says Leslie Boney, senior vice president of Post-Acute Services for Community Hospital Corporation (CHC).

 

“As our population ages and the need for long-term care increases, LTACHs essentially extend the continuum of care by providing the option for patient transition to the appropriate level of care,” says Boney.

 

Whereas many LTACH providers are for-profit entities, CHC offers a unique, non-profit model for LTACH development through its post-acute care division, CHC ContinueCARE. Responding to the demand for long term care services, CHC currently owns five LTACHs in the States of Texas, Kentucky and North Carolina to serve patients:

  • Carolinas ContinueCARE Hospital at Kings Mountain, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
  • ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Corbin, Corbin, Kentucky 
  • ContinueCARE Hospital at Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene, Texas 
  • ContinueCARE Hospital at Midland Memorial, Midland, Texas 
  • Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, Tyler, Texas

Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital was established in 2004 after its ‘host hospital,’ Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler (part of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics) struggled with capacity issues. A large number of patients were too ill to be discharged to a rehabilitation hospital, nursing home or similar step-down facility. CHC stepped in to conduct a feasibility study which confirmed the need for an LTACH.

 

“Our venture continues to be a team effort between Trinity Mother Frances, CHC and Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital,” says Stephanie Hyde, CEO of Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital. “We all have a common goal to provide the right patient care environment to help patients get well. Our Sacred Work culture, initiated in 2008, supports our calling ‘to do the right thing’ as we focus on caring for our patients.”

 

Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital’s record of success includes: 

  • Recent patient satisfaction scores show 95 percent of patients willing to recommend the hospital; the national average is 74 percent 
  • Physician Satisfaction scores for 2014 are in the 97 percentile 
  • Recent employee satisfaction scores were in the 94 percentile

Christy Carver, regional vice president of operations, Post-Acute Services, for CHC, adds, “Comprehensive care in our LTACHs is focused on meeting the medical and rehabilitative needs of critically ill patients who need around-the-clock care. Specialized treatment is provided by a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, case managers, social workers and other professionals.”

 

The public and the medical community often misunderstand LTACHs, according to Carver. “One of our goals is to educate communities about LTACHs and which patients qualify for admission, based on their level of acuity and Medicare rulings.” Changes imposed by the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 and the Act’s federal moratorium effective April 1, 2014 – September 2016, may place new requirements on the percent of patients who qualify. The Act’s final rule on LTACH admission requirements, the limitation of new LTACHs and new beds to existing facilities is anticipated August 1, 2014.

 

As CHC closely follows this legislation, “we continue to provide a high level of care and treatment to improve the quality of life of patients,” says Boney.

 

Go online to learn more about CHC’s Post-Acute Services.

 

About Community Hospital Corporation – HELP WHERE HOSPITALS NEED IT® 

Community Hospital Corporation owns, manages and consults with hospitals through three distinct organizations – CHC Hospitals, CHC Consulting and CHC ContinueCARE, which share a common purpose to guide, support and enhance the mission of community hospitals and healthcare providers. Based in Plano, Texas, CHC provides the resources and experience community hospitals need to improve quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial performance. For more information about CHC, please visit www.communityhospitalcorp.com.

 

About CHC ContinueCARE – HELP WHERE HOSPITALS NEED IT® 

CHC ContinueCARE, the post-acute care organization of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC), provides the resources and expertise post-acute care facilities and programs need to improve quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial performance. CHC ContinueCARE owns long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) across multiple states. Based in Plano, Texas, CHC’s three distinct organizations – CHC Hospitals, CHC Consulting and CHC ContinueCARE – share a common purpose to guide, support and enhance the mission of community hospitals and healthcare providers. For more information about CHC, please visit www.communityhospitalcorp.com.

 

 

 

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