Care Transitions Across the Continuum

By Kindred Healthcare tags: Care Transitions, transitional care

Senior vice presidents of each of Kindred Healthcare’s four divisions welcomed participants this morning with reminders of why they were at the symposium in Louisville.

“It’s all about the care -- each therapist, each nurse, each dietary worker working together for patient-centered care,” said Mary Van de Kamp, Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations – RehabCare.

After 30 years in health care, Bonnie Austin, Senior Director of Compliance – PeopleFirst Homecare and Hospice, described how she had the nagging thought that “something’s just not right” in the industry because caregivers were sending patients home with instructions “that were just impossible to be carried out.” There must be a better way.

 

 Anthony Disser, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Kindred Healthcare Anthony Disser, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Kindred Healthcare

 

The company agrees. Tony Disser, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations – Hospital Division, sums it up this way: “All 8,000 of us are caregivers, regardless of titles. One-half of patients miss a meal during a transition.  Similar numbers will miss a medication. They should expect not to miss a meal, not to miss a medication, not to have skin breakdown. That is our task today, to build a system for doing it better than before."

“All 8,000 of us are caregivers, regardless of titles. One-half of patients miss a meal during a transition.  Similar numbers will miss a medication. They should expect not to miss a meal, not to miss a medication, not to have skin breakdown. That is our task today, to build a system for doing it better than before." -Anthony Disser

Interdivisional teams are working to identify common policies, said Barbara Baylis, Senior Vice President, Clinical and Residential Services – Nursing Center Division.

Read how Barbara Baylis guided improvements at Kindred’s nursing centers, leading the American Health Care Association to honor her with the 2012 Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality award.

Anthony Disser, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Kindred Healthcare