Specialty Programs

Penn Highlands Community Nurses Specialty Programs

Penn Highlands Community Nurses offers specialty staff, when needed, for your individual health care needs.

Wound and Ostomy Care

Certified wound and ostomy nurses provide general wound care and can use Wound-Vac technology for difficult to heal wounds. They provide instruction for ostomy patients, assess, recommend and educate patients and their families. Wound and ostomy nurses have advanced training and education in state-of-the-art treatments for wounds and ostomies and work in collaboration with the patient’s physician and members of the home health team to ensure positive outcomes.

Home Infusion Therapy

Some patients may require their medications to be delivered through a vein or a feeding tube for a variety of reasons: antibiotic therapy, nutritional therapy or hydration therapy. Penn Highlands Community Nurses can provide insertion and maintenance of access for these therapies through peripheral or PICC access. We also are able to provide infusion therapy using central line/mediport access. We provide all of these infusion services with a team of qualified IV trained nurses to educate and care for our patients.


Children get sick, too. Our special pediatric nursing program provides for the needs of children from infancy through adolescence. Children with special needs or a chronic illness can receive skilled nursing care and therapy services in the security of their home environment. Expectant mothers can benefit from skilled nursing care during the pregnancy and professional homecare for mother and baby after early discharge from the hospital following delivery.

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Program

Patients with CHF, or congestive heart failure, have a risk of complications and repeated hospitalizations. To help patients better manage their conditions and adhere to their care plans, Penn Highlands Community Nurses offers a coordinated plan of care including: a telehealth device in the home, daily monitoring of vital signs, individualized coaching, education, medication compliance and the support of specialized medical professionals.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Program

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a debilitating disorder that makes it progressively harder for a patient to breathe. Breathing problems can be frustrating, painful, disruptive to everyday activities and sometimes life threatening. Our COPD program educates patients on managing their condition at home and reducing their symptoms to avoid emergency room visits and re-hospitalization. A combination of nursing visits, telehealth monitoring, and use of a peak flow meter to provide daily readings to their nurse helps patients enjoy an optimum level of quality of life.

Diabetes Education

Penn Highlands Community Nurses diabetes education program focuses on the education, monitoring and treatment of our patients who need assistance in controlling Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. These individuals are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, neuropathy, wounds, and blindness. Treatment is provided in collaboration with the patient’s physician with special attention given to the prevention of complications associated with diabetes.

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