Kindred, Wuesthoff Launch Case Management Society Chapter
By Space Coast Medicine & Active Living Magazine // September 20, 2014
forming Brevard County Chapter of CMSA
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Kindred Hospital, in conjunction with Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, have teamed up to launch a local group for case managers and discharge planners.
The new Brevard County Chapter of CMSA (Case Management Society of America) will be open to all local case managers and discharge planners.
“We formed the local chapter to offer educational programs on the multitude of health care changes that are taking place,” said Mary Jo Hild, area director of sale and marketing for Kindred Hospital.
“Each meeting will include a speaker presentation, networking opportunities and refreshments.”
The first meeting is planned to be held at Kindred Hospital some time in October, and the date will be announced shortly.
The Case Management Society of America is the leading membership association providing professional collaboration across the healthcare continuum to advocate for patients’ well being and improved health outcomes by fostering case management growth and development, impacting health care policy, and providing evidence-based tools and resources.
Care managers are advocates who help patients understand their current health status, what they can do about it and why those treatments are important.
In this way, care managers are catalysts by guiding patients and providing cohesion to other professionals in the health care delivery team, enabling their clients to achieve goals more effectively and efficiently.
KINDRED HEALTHCARE’S ACQUISITION OF SENIOR HOME CARE BROADENS FOOTPRINT
Earlier this year, Kindred Healthcare, Inc. purchased Senior Home Care, one of the largest home health providers in Florida and Louisiana.
“As part of our philosophy to promote healing for each patient and family, we acquired Senior Home Care to enhance patients transition from the hospital to their return home,” said Hild.
Kindred has numerous operations in Florida, including in Melbourne, featuring 10 Transitional Care Hospitals within Senior Home Care’s existing service areas.
The acquisition of Senior Home Care reflects another expansion of Kindred’s Care Management Division, which includes the company’s home health business, Kindred at Home, featuring about 200 branches across 13 states.
“This transaction is another important example of how we are executing on the growth phase of our strategic plan,” Kindred CEO Paul J. Diaz said in the release.
“Expanding our care management capabilities, particularly within our integrated care markets, allows Kindred to improve care coordination throughout an episode of care, improving outcomes and each patient’s experience, as we work to support well-being and independence at home.”
In Melbourne, Kindred Hospital provides aggressive, specialized care to patients who need extended hospital stays.
“Our patients have serious medical conditions, often many at the same time, requiring a coordinated, specialized approach, directed by physicians, to meet their daily medical needs,” said Hild.
Kindred Hospital in Melbourne is located at 765 West Nasa Boulevard. For more information call 321-733-5725 or log on to khmelbourne.com. To learn more about the local chapter of the Case Management Society of America, email firstname.lastname@example.org.