Genesis VNA & Hospice to Assume Home Health Operations in Jackson County
Genesis VNA and Hospice, one of the largest home health organizations in Iowa, will assume operations of home health and county public health services in Jackson County, Iowa on August 1.
Services are now provided by the Jackson County Home and Community Health Services. Current employees of the organization will become Genesis Health System employees.
Genesis VNA and Hospice has a tradition of more than 100 years of providing compassionate home health services in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
“This is positive for home health and public health patients, positive for the employees of the organization and positive for Jackson County Regional Health Center,’’ said Curt Coleman, Administrator of Jackson County Regional Health Center. “Our expectation is to have a seamless transition of care while maintaining the existing high level of service.
“Genesis VNA and Hospice has the resources to expand home health services in Jackson County and has a long tradition of providing home health and public health services.’’
Genesis Health System also manages Jackson County Regional Health Center, which Coleman said will enhance integration of care between the health center and home health.
Coleman said one change will be transition of patient records in Jackson County from a paper system to electronic medical records (EMR).
“Patient satisfaction is already very good and patient outcomes are good in Jackson County,’’ Coleman added. “The investment in electronic medical records will streamline processes of care, which will be better for patients and staff.’’
Genesis VNA serves a 14-county region with a care team including registered nursing specialists in pediatrics; wound and IV care; cardiac, orthopedic and mental health; home care aides; physical, occupational and speech therapists; medical social workers; a dietitian; and, staff providing home and community-based services.
Hospice nursing care and support is available in homes, hospitals, senior living facilities and at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. Hospice services include hospice nursing care, spiritual care, bereavement counseling and homemaking for patients in homes, nursing homes and hospitals.
Genesis VNA and Hospice also serves as the county health department in Clinton County.
Jackson County VNA and Jackson County Public Health Department now serve more than 3,000 patients each year.
The transition plan will require approval of the Jackson County Public Health Board, Jackson County Board of Supervisors and the Jackson County Regional Health Center Board of Trustees.
To find out more about the services of Genesis VNA & Hospice, call 563-421-HOME (4663).