Tower Health ex­pands home health ser­vices

The Community Connection - - NEWS - By Donna Rovins [email protected]­tu­ry­media. com @Mer­cBiz on Twit­ter For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.tow­er­health.org.

WEST READ­ING >> Tower Health has of­fi­cially launched Tower Health at Home, the health care provider’s re­or­ga­nized and ex­panded home health ser­vices that was an­nounced in mid-Oc­to­ber.

As planned, on Dec. 31, the part­ners of Af­filia Home Health am­i­ca­bly dis­solved the part­ner­ship and re­or­ga­nized home health ser­vices in their re­spec­tive ser­vice ar­eas. Those part­ners in­clude: Tower Health; Lan­cas­ter Gen­eral Health-Penn Medicine; and UPMC Pin­na­cle.

With the end of the part­ner­ship, em­ploy­ees of the Af­filia Berks branch be­came em­ploy­ees of Home Health Care Man­age­ment (HHCM), the par­ent com­pany of Berks VNA, Pottstown VNA, and Ad­van­tage Home Care.

And ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2019, Home Health Care Man­age­ment be­came part of Tower Health.

“Home health plays a vi­tally im­por­tant role in the con­tin­uum of care and Tower Health at Home ex­pands our abil­ity to bet­ter man­age the health­care needs of the com­mu­ni­ties we serve,” Clint Matthews, pres­i­dent and CEO, Tower Health, said in a press re­lease. “Work­ing to­gether, our team will pro­vide seam­less home health ser­vices en­abling pa­tients to re­cover, or live with an ill­ness, in the com­fort of their homes, sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends.”

As part of the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion, the 58 Af­filia em­ploy­ees that had been work­ing in Af­filia’s Berks County of­fice joined the 157 em­ploy­ees work­ing for Home Health Care Man­age­ment to cre­ate a home health care staff of about 215, ac­cord­ing to Tower Health.

“We are pleased to be part of Tower Health, one of the strong­est and most in­no­va­tive health sys­tems in the re­gion that is ded­i­cated to ex­cel­lence and value. By pro­vid­ing care, ed­u­ca­tion, and sup­port, the Tower Health at Home clin­i­cal staff teaches pa­tients how to mon­i­tor and care for them­selves help­ing them re­cover more quickly,” Ly­nann DeCusatis, in­terim CEO of Tower Health at Home, said in the re­lease.

Tower Health at Home pa­tients will con­tinue to re­ceive care — with­out in­ter­rup­tion, from their cur­rent provider — al­low­ing them to con­tinue their ex­ist­ing treat­ment plan and to con­tinue to de­velop the re­la­tion­ship with their provider, ac­cord­ing to Jes­sica Be­zler, a spokes­woman for Tower Health.

Tower Health at Home is based at 1170 Berk­shire Boule­vard in Wy­omiss­ing, Berks County.

Penn Medicine Lan­cas­ter Gen­eral Health and Read­ing Hos­pi­tal & Med­i­cal Cen­ter (now Tower Health) merged their home-health ser­vices in 2003. UPMC Pin­na­cle joined in 2012, to cre­ate the mem­ber­ship of the former Af­filia Home Health.

The launch of Tower Health at Home is the lat­est strate­gic move by Tower Health. On Dec. 1, the health care sys­tem com­pleted its ac­qui­si­tion of Premier Ur­gent Care to form Tower Health Ur­gent Care. Tower Health ac­quired 19 Premier fa­cil­i­ties in Ch­ester, Mont­gomery and Bucks coun­ties, as well as one lo­ca­tion in Berks County and one in Delaware. The ac­qui­si­tion brings to 22 the num­ber of Tower Health ur­gent care fa­cil­i­ties across the re­gion.

The Berks County-based Tower Health owns six of the re­gion’s hospi­tals in­clud­ing: Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal in Caln Town­ship; Chest­nut Hill Hos­pi­tal in Philadel­phia; Jen­nersville Hos­pi­tal in Penn Town­ship in south­ern Ch­ester County; Phoenixville Hos­pi­tal in Phoenixville; Pottstown Hos­pi­tal in Pottstown; and Read­ing Hos­pi­tal in West Read­ing.

“By pro­vid­ing care, ed­u­ca­tion, and sup­port, the Tower Health at Home clin­i­cal staff teaches pa­tients how to mon­i­tor and care for them­selves help­ing them re­cover more quickly.”

— Ly­nann DeCusatis, in­terim CEO of Tower Health at Home

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