It’s the end of the year and that means a lot of business activity. Ohio’s home care sector will likely be impacted by the announcement that Summa Health has entered into a joint venture with Alternate Solutions Health Care Network in Dayton. This will provide Summa Health the opportunity to restructure and organize its home and hospice departments, thus providing better access to quality services for the clients in its care.
This joint venture may impact some employees with more administrative roles, but it isn’t expected to affect the primary care providers at Summa Health at Home and Summa hospice. Cleveland.com reported in its news blog, Summer Health enters agreement with Dayton home health care company, written by Julie Washington for The Plain Dealer:
“Care providers at Summa Health at Home and Summa Hospice are expected to keep their jobs as a result of this restructuring, he [Dr. Mark Terpylak, senior vice president for population health at Summer Health] said. About 340 people work jointly at the two departments. Nurses, therapists, health aids and other providers will be offered jobs in the restructured departments, Terpylak said. If some decide not to make the move, “that’s their choice,” he said.
In the agreement, wages and benefit packages for the new care provider positions will be comparable – but may not be identical — to the old jobs, he said. “We want them to transfer over,” Terpylak said.”
The partnership is primarily aimed, according to sources, to improve Summa’s ability to care for patients within the comfort of their home. As increasing numbers of people prefer to recover at home or remain home, even as they face increasing physical and health challenges as they age, home care services becomes a more important aspect of overall health care services.
Hospitals are taking a more vested interest in helping patients transition home and have the right support and care to ensure they reduce their risk of a readmission. With so many options available and services that could be relied upon, it can cause confusion for these patients and their families. There’s also been vast redundancy, and Summa has reported their clients being confused about the services they need and where to get them. By improving and streamlining their home care and hospice services, it’s expected to offer the men and women who rely on them an easier time finding what they need.
Home care continues to grow in demand and with the number of providers available and Summa hopes to improve the quality of service and access to care for its clients across a broad spectrum of needs.
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