November Marks National Home Health & Hospice Month

October 30, 2015


November is National Home Health & Hospice Month, and during this time, Penn Highlands Healthcare would like to recognize the nurses, home care aides, therapists, social workers and administrative staff of its four home health organizations.

“The hard work of these individuals improves lives in our community,” said Raymond Graeca, chief executive officer of Penn Highlands Healthcare.

Home health workers go into patients’ homes and into their lives to provide medical care and personal assistance with things like bathing and grooming. They maintain a connection between the patient and his or her physician, while keeping them safely at home, where healing occurs better.

“No work is nobler, and no group is more deserving of our respect and admiration,” said Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. “Home health workers help society’s weakest members live the fullest lives they can.”

There are four home health organizations in the Penn Highlands Healthcare system. Their clinicians travel to homes in an eight-county region. A variety of services are provided including wound care, IV and nutrition therapy, injections, respiratory treatments, social service, help with home medical equipment, home health aides, and physical, occupational and speech therapy. The four organizations are:

  • Community Nurses, Inc. ~ (814) 781-1415
  • Penn Highlands Brookville Home Health ~ (814) 849-3739
  • Penn Highlands Clearfield Home Health ~ (814) 768-2000
  • Penn Highlands DuBois Home Health & Hospice ~ (814) 375-3300

In a recent report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, all four of these organizations rate at 3½ or more stars for excellence in quality of patient care. The report, which is generated from the Home Health Compare website, evaluates criteria like timeliness of care, improvement in activities of daily living, improvement in pain and breathing, and hospital admissions.

“The scores speak for themselves,” said Graeca. “Our home health workers are excellent, and I think it is fitting that they should be commended during this special time of year.”