In the News

Remembering Raymond A. Dennehy, Jr.

http://www.leominsterchamp.com/news/2013-12-13/Health/Remembering_Raymond_A_Dennehy_Jr.html


HealthAlliance Home Health and Hospice received a score of 100% for being deficiency free and were rated “excellent” by patients and families.

Christine Dixon, RN, BSN, MMHC, Executive Director of Health Alliance Home Health and Hospice is proud to announce the deficiency free results of a Department of Public Health recent hospice survey.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health periodically reviews home health care agencies and hospices to insure compliance of State and Federal regulations and the quality of care the organization provides.  The surveyors arrive unannounced to the agency and conduct an immediate thorough review of clinical documentation, administrative and clinical procedures, employee files, quality data and collection and contracts.  In addition the hospice patients and staff are interviewed. The surveyors then conducted visits to hospice patients with the clinicians.

The organization was found to be in full compliance, meeting all expected regulations for quality hospice care.


Annual “Legacy for Life” Memorial Service took place on Tuesday, May 14th

http://www.telegram.com/article/20130517/NEWS/105179648/0/SEARCH


Hospitals take a harder look at readmissions

http://www.telegram.com/article/20130407/NEWS/304079985/0/SEARCH


National Healthcare Decision Day

HealthAlliance Home Health & Hospice, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, HealthAlliance Home Health & Hospice is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute a Massachusetts Health Care Proxy Form in accordance with Massachusetts state laws.

Specifically, on April 16, 2013 from 9am to 3pm, HealthAlliance Home Health & Hospice is welcoming the public throughout the day at HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster MA, with free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms. A display will be located outside of the hospital’s gift shop.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Dr. Elizabeth Burbank, HealthAlliance Hospice Medical Director.  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

To print a Massachusetts Health Care Proxy, click here.


HealthAlliance Home Health and Hospice Launching In-Home Tele-Monitoring

Read the announcement from HealthAlliance’s Newsworthy released on 02-06-2013 and watch the You Tube video below describing the HomMed Genesis Touch monitor.

 


Patient Satisfaction at HealthAlliance Home Health & Hospice Ranks High

Read the article on page 11 of The Auricle – January 2013.


Christine Dixon and Members of the Hospice Team appear on FATV’s Barbara & You

Click on the link below to watch Christine Dixon, John Neilon, Nancy Sorbo and Carrie Whyte on the Barbara Foster show on Fitchburg Access Television.  The original show aired on Tuesday, January 8th and will be re-broadcast on Thursday, January 10th at 8pm.

Congratulations to Chris, Carrie, John and Nancy for an informative, passionate conversation about our agency and the care we provide to our communities!

The interview can be viewed on www.fatv.org by clicking here.  The HAHHH Team appears on the show at 31:00 minutes.


Offering Telehealth for HealthAlliance Home Health & Hospice Patients!

Telehealth monitor is a clinical tool which monitors patients from their home, seven days a week.  The telehealth monitor checks the patient’s vital sign readings each day and asks other pertinent patient-specific questions regarding medications, diet, pain and other important clinical information.

The monitor is a clock-sized machine placed in the patient’s home that prompts patients each morning that it’s time to take their vital signs.  The clinical information is transferred to our telehealth nurse who receives the readings and will follow up with your doctor if there is information that requires an intervention.  Patients and their families, along with their clinical team, physicians and hospitals appreciate the benefits of the new telehealth program.

For more information, contact HealthAlliance Home Health & Hospice at 978-728-0621.

This article was published in the Winter 2013 edition of Your Health Connection.   You may view the entire publication here, Winter 2013.