Three health care providers are teaming up to create a transitional care model to provide post-acute care patients with a clinically enhanced environment that’s still conducive to facilitating a smooth transition between the hospital and home.
Allina Health, Benedictine Health System (BHS) and Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) are collaborating to combine their hospital-based acute care expertise and experience in managing inpatient rehabilitation and transitional care services to develop a “consistent model and care philosophy for the future of transitional care.”
The goal is to make branded centers available to franchise operators. THe centers will focus on hospitality, wellness, and service delivered in a resort- and spa-like environment. Features include technologically advanced rehabilitation and recovery programs that will aid a smooth post-acute transition back to the home.
“As health care reform moves forward our communities will need new approaches to ensuring that after people leave the hospital they receive the care they need to make a successful transition back home and don’t end up back in the hospital,” said Kenneth H. Paulus, president and CEO of Allina Health, in a statement. “By bringing together the acute care and rehabilitation expertise of our three organizations, we will be able to forge new paths that ease the transition from hospital to home.”
The first two “next generation” transitional care centers are in the planning stages. The first will managed by BHS on the campus of Unity Hospital in Fridley, part of Allina Health.
PHS will manage the other one, located on the campus of Abbott Northwestern’s WestHealth, also part of Allina Health. Construction on the $17 million center will begin this summer.
Written by Alyssa Gerace