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Published on August 05, 2013

UHS Home Care to expand to three counties


UHS News Release
Release:  Immediately
Contact:  Jon Tooley, 762-2336 or community_relations@uhs.org
August 5, 2013


UHS Home Care will soon be bringing its Broome County-based home health services to the residents of Chenango, Delaware and Tioga counties.

The home care agency has won approval from the New York State Department of Health to expand into the three counties, each of which borders Broome. 

Services will be available to residents of those areas by September 2013.

Operating from newly renovated offices at 601 Riverside Drive in Johnson City, the agency will send professional caregivers to patients' homes in the three additional counties, and will partner with existing UHS facilities in those regions.

“We will be working with UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, UHS Delaware Valley Hospital and the UHS-affiliated physician offices in those counties," said Greg Rittenhouse, vice president and chief operating officer of UHS Home Care.  “For example, those facilities will function as outposts for medical supplies so that our staff will be able to serve patients - wherever they live - as efficiently as possible."

UHS developed the expansion plan because of consumer demand for more access to home care, as well as a growing emphasis in the healthcare field on affordable, community-based, coordinated care options, Mr. Rittenhouse said.

UHS Home Care is currently seeking to hire qualified home care professionals, especially nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and social workers, who reside in Chenango, Delaware and Tioga counties.  To avoid long-distance travel on the part of staff, every effort will be made to match up caregivers with patients in their own local community.

UHS Home Care, which includes Professional Home Care, Twin Tier Home Health and the Ideal Long Term Home Health Care Program, is a member of the UHS healthcare system. 

It is listed as one of the top 100 home care agencies in the United States - and the only top-100 agency in New York State - according to the 2012 Home Care Elite Program of the National Research Corp.

The agency provides such home health services as nursing and home health aide care; physical, occupational and speech therapies; nutritional and companion services; respiratory therapy and oxygen; medical social services; and the Project HEAR personal emergency response service.

The state Department of Health recently lifted a more-than-two-decade moratorium on approval of home care expansions, a move that will help ensure the delivery of high-quality, in-the-home services to people in rural areas, Mr. Rittenhouse said.

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