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2016 Press Releases

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Grant Supports Volunteer Training to Help Seriously Ill Children

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Mia Millefoglie Vice President, Development & Marketing

207/284-4566 – mmillefoglie@mhcah.org

Grant Supports Volunteer Training to Help Seriously Ill Children

June 22, 2016 (Saco, Maine) MaineHealth Care At Home, formerly HomeHealth Visiting Nurses receives a one-year grant of $10,000 from the York County Children’s Aid Society Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. This grant will support efforts to recruit and train a specialized group of volunteers who can support children and families dealing with the challenges of serious illness. This development aligns with the Agency’s effort to strengthen its pediatric palliative care program that strives to improve quality of life by providing relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness. Palliative care services include nursing, physical, speech and occupational therapies, emotional and spiritual counseling, pain management and education. The development of a volunteer program would strengthen and complement existing services.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the number of children with special

health care needs continue to increase. Overall, 15.1% of US children ages 0-17 (11.2 million children) are in this category with estimates that 27% could benefit from home-based palliative care services. Donna DeBlois, CEO states that "as part of our responsibility, we and members of the MaineHealth Palliative Care Team are working closely to develop and strengthen palliative care services throughout our health system."

MaineHealth Care At Home was established on May 1, 2016 by joining three leading home health and hospice agencies: HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, and Waldo County Home Care and Hospice. The Agency provides comprehensive home health services to include adult and pediatric nursing, palliative care, rehabilitative therapies, counseling, telehealth, Lifeline, private duty home care, and a full range of community health and wellness services throughout York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Waldo, Knox and southern Oxford counties. Hospice services are offered throughout Knox, Waldo, and Lincoln counties with short-term respite and end-of-life care at the Sussman House, a Hospice facility located in Rockport, Maine. MaineHealth Care At Home is a member of MaineHealth, a leading system of healthcare providers. For more information, call 1-800-660-4867 or visit www.mainehealthcareathome.org.

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HomeHealth Visiting Nurses Secures $129,400 Telehealth Grant for Southern Maine

 

FOR IMMEDIATE AND CONTINUOUS RELEASE

Date: February 1, 2016

Contact: Mia Millefoglie, Vice President Development and Marketing

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, 207-284-4566 mmillefoglie@homehealth.org

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses Secures $129,400 Telehealth Grant for Southern Maine

(Saco, Maine) HomeHealth Visiting Nurses (HHVN) secures $129,400 grant from USDA Rural Utilities Service in support of a $194,400 project to bring advanced Telehealth solutions to vulnerable pediatric and elderly populations. Although Telehealth is more prominent in caring for older patients with at-risk chronic diseases, the potential to adapt this technology for children and their families has enormous potential to make care more patient and family-centered. Donna DeBlois, President & CEO of HHVN states, "The need for this project is compelling as we note Maine’s high chronic disease rates, barriers to health care associated with Maine’s rural geography and limited clinical resources."

Funding will support a new generation of technology from Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) to include a 4G-enabled Samsung tablet equipped with software to support education, self-care activities, and real-time video conferencing. The tablet’s software teaches patients to take and record vital signs with the support of wireless Bluetooth devices. HHVN clinicians monitor 7 days a week and through the web portal can detect early alerts to the signs and symptoms of illness.

In 2015 HHVN piloted its Telehealth Program with a $51,920 award from USDA Rural Utilities Services and $90,343 secured from local Maine foundations. Project served 372 patients incorporating both traditional home health and Telehealth services. Results showed a 6% decrease in hospitalization rates, high patient adherence rates in self-management activities to include daily measurements of weight, pulse and blood pressure screening. On a scale of 0-4, patient scored an average rate of 3.91 for recommending the tablet to a family member or friend and 3.8 for ease of use.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA invested $23.4 million in 75 rural projects across 31 states to expand distance learning and telemedicine opportunities. "Rural communities often lack access to specialized medical care or advanced educational opportunities necessary for stronger rural economies," Vilsack said, "These grants will help increase access to healthcare and many other essential services."

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, a 501c3 non-profit, fully-licensed Agency, cared for more than 15,000 children and adults this past year. Services include home-based adult and pediatric nursing, palliative care, rehabilitative therapies, counseling, telehealth, Lifeline and a full range of community health and wellness services throughout York, Cumberland, and southern Oxford counties. Its organizational mission is helping people to be as healthy and independent as possible at home and in the community. HHVN is a member of MaineHealth. For more information, call 1-800-660-4867 or visit www.homehealth.org.

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HomeHealth Visiting Nurses Receives United Way of York County 2016 Community Investment

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Mia Millefoglie Vice President, Development & Marketing

207/284-4566 – mmillefoglie@homehealth.org

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses Receives

United Way of York County 2016 Community Investment

February 29th, 2016 (Saco, Maine) HomeHealth Visiting Nurses receives a one-year grant of $10,000 from United Way of York County. This investment will improve the quality of life for children and families challenged with a serious illness by supporting a full range of home based services including pediatric nursing, social work and rehabilitative therapies.

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses is the leading provider of home health services in southern Maine with a mission of "helping people to be as healthy and independent as possible at home and in the community." Donna DeBlois, CEO states that "as part of this mission, we insure that children and adults in need of care have access to quality and compassionate home health care services".

Through the mobilization of resources, expertise, and funds that support programs focused on the essentials of education, financial stability, and health, United Way of York County advances the common good and strengthens the whole community. Thanks to the continued support of many dedicated individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout York County, this year the United Way is investing in 63 community programs that serve children, youth, adults, and families.

"Thanks to the generosity of many who support United Way’s work throughout the year, we are able to provide continued and much needed support for essential human services across the region," noted United Way of York County President & CEO Barb Wentworth. "These important programs support the best start for our youngest citizens, provide healthy foods for children and seniors, engage youth in meaningful service, and meet basic needs, all critical components of our collective efforts to build an even stronger York County." To learn more about United Way of York County and be a part of the change you want to see in the world, visit www.buildcommunity.org or call 207-985-3359 to learn how you can Give, Advocate, or Volunteer.

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, a 501c3 non-profit, fully-licensed Agency, cared for more than 15,000 children and adults this past year. Services include home-based adult and pediatric nursing, palliative care, rehabilitative therapies, counseling, telehealth, Lifeline and a full range of community health and wellness services throughout York, Cumberland, and southern Oxford counties. Its organizational mission is helping people to be as healthy and independent as possible at home and in the community. HHVN is a member of MaineHealth. For more information, call 1-800-660-4867 or visit www.homehealth.org.

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New Partnership Strengthens Home Health Care in Midcoast and Southern Maine

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mia Millefoglie, Vice President Development & Marketing

MMillefoglie@homehealth.org 207-284-4566

NEW PARTNERSHIP STRENGTHENS

HOME HEALTH CARE IN MIDCOAST AND SOUTHERN MAINE

SACO, Maine – On May 1, three leading home health and hospice agencies serving the needs of Maine residents will come together to form a stronger, unified organization with a new name. HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice and Waldo County Home Care and Hospice will join together to become MaineHealth Care at Home, offering high-quality clinical services in Cumberland, York, Lincoln, Waldo, Knox and southern Oxford counties.

The demand for home care and hospice services in Maine remains strong. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maine has the highest median age of any state, and ranks third in the share of the population over age 65. In addition, more than half of Mainers are living with a chronic illness such as cancer, diabetes or asthma.

As a member of MaineHealth, Northern New England’s largest not-for-profit integrated health system, MaineHealth Care at Home will continue to provide a full range of high-quality services to patients with the same trusted care teams of professionally trained and experienced nurses, rehabilitation therapists, home health aides and social workers employed in their local communities. Services include home health care, private duty home care, palliative care, rehabilitative therapies, pediatric home health care services, telehealth, and community health and wellness throughout the service area. MaineHealth Care at Home hospice services will be provided in Knox, Waldo and Lincoln Counties, and at the Sussman House at the Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockland.

MaineHealth President William L. Caron, Jr., says, "Being part of an integrated system means we can collaborate to develop creative and innovative solutions that benefit our patients and communities. By combining the expertise and clinical skills of three agencies, MaineHealth Care at Home is positioned to continue improving the health and quality of life for tens of thousands of children and adults in Maine."

Donna DeBlois, MaineHealth Care at Home President and CEO, states, "We are excited about the opportunities inherent in aligning the strengths and expertise of three agencies dedicated to building stronger programs that support the health and independence of so many Maine residents."

MaineHealth is a not-for-profit family of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations working together so our communities are the healthiest in America. To learn more about MaineHealth Care at Home programs and services, visit its new website on May 1 at www.mainehealthcareathome.org or call 1-800-660-4867

MaineHealth Care at Home Advances Dementia and Alzheimer's Care with Support from Huntington Common Charitable Fund for Seniors

For Immediate Release

Contact: Mia Millefoglie Vice President, Development & Marketing

207/284-4566 – mmillefoglie@mhcah.org

Home Health Agency Advances Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care

May 31st, 2016 (Saco, Maine) MaineHealth Care At Home, formerly HomeHealth Visiting Nurses receives a one-year grant of $16,000 from the Huntington Common Charitable Fund for Seniors of the Kennebunk Savings Bank Foundation. This grant will support the implementation of a comprehensive educational program aimed at advancing the skills and knowledge of clinicians throughout the Agency. Program components include 25 hours of training with specific modules on advanced dementia, end-of-life dementia care, and behavioral health. Program includes individual certification for participants.

As the leading provider of home health and hospice services in the southern and mid-coast region, this initiative aligns with the need identified in the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Diseases and Related Dementia that cites a priority to increase the capacity of professional clinicians to deliver expert care. In Maine, one in eight people aged 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease, with a projected growth of 77% for those between 65-74 years of age. The annual cost of Alzheimer’s today is $183 billion. Donna DeBlois, CEO states that "as part of our responsibility, we must insure that our clinicians have the knowledge and skills to advance care for this vulnerable population and provide the necessary support to families and caregivers."

MaineHealth Care At Home was established on May 1, 2016 by joining three leading home health and hospice agencies: HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, and Waldo County Home Care and Hospice. The Agency provides comprehensive home health services to include adult and pediatric nursing, palliative care, rehabilitative therapies, counseling, telehealth, Lifeline, private duty home care, and a full range of community health and wellness services throughout York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Waldo, Knox and southern Oxford counties. Hospice services are offered throughout Knox, Waldo, and Lincoln counties with short-term respite and end-of-life care at the Sussman House, a Hospice facility located in Rockport, Maine. MaineHealth Care At Home is a member of MaineHealth, a leading system of healthcare providers. For more information, call 1-800-660-4867 or visit www.mainehealthcareathome.org.

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2015 Press Releases

 

For Immediate and Continuous Release

February 13, 2015

Contact: Mia Millefoglie, VP Development & Marketing

284-4566, Ext. 4341, mmillefoglie@homehealth.org

United Way of York County Awards $12,500 to Support Parent and Child Health Services

(Saco, Maine) HomeHealth Visiting Nurses received a one-year grant totaling $12,500 from United Way of York County. These funds will support services for medically fragile children coping with serious and sometimes life-limiting illnesses.

This past year, more than 16,000 children, adults and elders benefited from the services and programs of HomeHealth Visiting Nurses. York County represents approximately 40% of the Agency’s service area. Services are provided to patients of all ages without regard to income or payment source. Services enhance independence and quality of life for elders facing an acute illness, adults recovering from surgery and children coping with the challenges of illness. Through a state funded grant, HHVN provides education and nursing care, at no charge, to new mothers and infants in the comfort of home and family.

Thanks to the continued support of many dedicated individuals, businesses and organizations throughout York County, this year, the United Way is investing in 66 community programs serving children, youth, adults and families. "We applaud the generosity of so many who support United Way’s work throughout the year," noted United Way of York County President & CEO Barb Wentworth. "As a result, in 2015 we are able to provide continued and much needed support for essential human services across the region. These important services are a critical component of our collective efforts to build an even stronger York County."

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses is a not-for-profit home health care agency providing skilled nursing, rehabilitation, home health aide support, medical social work, parent and child health care, palliative care, telehealth, diabetes education, and community health clinics in York, York and southern Oxford Counties. HomeHealth Visiting Nurses is a member of MaineHealth. For more information, call 1-800-660-4867 or visit www.homehealth.org.

United Way of York County strengthens community by bringing people and resources together to effect long-lasting changes in community conditions that improve lives. Together we focus on important issues that impact Education, Income and Health, the building blocks of a good quality life. To learn more about United Way of York County, visit http://www.buildcommunity.org or call 207.985.3359 to learn how you can Give, Advocate or Volunteer.

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For Immediate and Continuous Release

February 2, 2015

Contact: Mia Millefoglie, VP Development & Marketing

284-4566, Ext. 4341, mmillefoglie@homehealth.org

United Way of Greater Portland Awards $86,430 to Support Essential Home Health Care

(Saco, Maine) HomeHealth Visiting Nurses received two significant one-year grants totaling $86,430 from United Way of Greater Portland. These funds will support charity care for both medically fragile children and adults who require home health services but lack insurance and/or financial resources to pay for care.

This past year, HHVN traveled over 1.2 million miles to provide essential care to over 16,000 patients throughout York, Cumberland and southern Oxford counties. Cumberland County represents approximately 60% of the Agency’s service area. Services are provided to patients of all ages without regard to income or payment source. Services enhance independence and quality of life for elders facing an acute illness, adults recovering from surgery or children copying with life-limiting illness. Through a state funded grant, HHVN provides education and nursing care, at no charge, to new mothers and infants in the comfort of home and family.

United Way has evolved from its roots as a fundraising organization to a critical community convener that mobilizes local partners, including businesses, community leaders, public officials, and community residents, to expand opportunities for people to succeed. Education, Financial Stability, and Health are recognized as the building blocks for opportunity – individually and collectively. United Way of Greater Portland is working closely with community partners on a number of Education, Financial Stability, and Health initiatives, including Westbrook Children’s Project, Portland ConnectED, CA$H Greater Portland, Count ME In, and Let’s Go! To learn more go to http://www.unitedwaygp.org or call 207-874-1000.

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses is a not-for-profit home health care agency providing skilled nursing, rehabilitation, home health aide support, medical social work, parent and child health care, palliative care, telehealth, diabetes education, and community health clinics in Cumberland, York and southern Oxford Counties. HomeHealth Visiting Nurses is a member of MaineHealth. For more information, call 1-800-660-4867 or visit www.homehealth.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE AND CONTINUOUS RELEASE

Date: August 24, 2015

Contact: Mia Millefoglie, Vice President Development and Marketing

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, 207-284-4566

mmillefoglie@homehealth.org

Gorman Foundation Continues Advocacy Program for Children with Cancer

(Saco) – HomeHealth Visiting Nurses received a second $25,000 award from the John T. Gorman Foundation to continue highly specialized social work and advocacy services for children and families coping with the challenges of cancer. Grant funds will also support the advancement of Telehealth aimed at extending care services. Although advances in the detection and treatment of childhood cancers are helping children live longer, there is a significant physical, social, financial and spiritual impact for the child and family.

As the leading provider of pediatric in-home services for the region, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses has recognized that children who are being treated for cancer have different emotional and social needs than adult populations. To better meet the needs of children, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses has recruited an expert social worker to support program development and advocacy for children and families. The program aims to improve the transitions of care as children move across healthcare settings from home care to hospitals to treatment centers. Central to this program is the early identification and coordination of community resource. Donna DeBlois CEO notes "we are grateful that the Foundation has recognized the importance of this work and is supporting further development". Services will be in partnership with the Agency’s pediatric program that include nursing care, physical, occupational and speech therapies, nutritional counseling and palliative care.

The John T. Gorman Foundation has been making grants to Maine non-profit organizations since 1995 with a focus on disadvantaged and underserved Maine residents. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.jtgfoundation.org or call (207) 518-6784.

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses is a 501c3 non-profit, fully-licensed Agency that improved the health and quality of life for more than 16,000 children and adults this past year. The Agency offers home-based adult and pediatric skilled nursing, palliative care, rehabilitative therapies, counseling, telehealth, and a full range of community health and wellness services throughout York, Cumberland, and southern Oxford counties. Its organizational mission is helping people to be as healthy and independent as possible at home and in the community. HomeHealth Visiting Nurses is a member of MaineHealth, a not-for-profit system of leading high-quality healthcare providers. For more information on HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, call 1-800-660-4867 or visit www.homehealth.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE AND CONTINUOUS RELEASE

Date: November 6, 2015

Contact: Mia Millefoglie, Vice President Development and Marketing

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, 207-284-4566

mmillefoglie@homehealth.org

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses Receives Grant to Advance Pediatric Palliative Care

(Saco) – HomeHealth Visiting Nurses (HHVN) has been awarded a grant of $7,800 from the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) to advance palliative care for medically fragile infants and children. This funding will be used to secure Telehealth Technology and monitoring devices customized for this population. Although Telehealth is more prominent in caring for older patients with at-risk chronic diseases, the potential to adapt the technology for children and their families has enormous potential to make care more patient and family-centered.

As the leading provider of pediatric in-home services for the region, HHVN has recognized that children who are being treated for serious illness could greatly benefit from the tools of Telehealth combined with traditional home based health services. HHVN will extend tablets that contain educational videos, health assessments, capacity to conduct virtual visits, and blue tooth monitoring devices. Donna DeBlois CEO notes "we are grateful that MeHAF has recognized the importance of this work and has granted HHVN our first award". Services will be in partnership with the Agency’s pediatric program that include nursing care, physical, occupational and speech therapies, nutritional counseling and palliative care.

The Maine Health Access Foundation’s mission is to promote access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improve the health of everyone in Maine. MeHAF works with nonprofit partners and key leaders in the public and private sectors to advance initiatives and policies that particularly help those who face barriers accessing health care services and achieving optimal health. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.mehaf.org. 266

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses is a 501c3 non-profit, fully-licensed Agency that improved the health and quality of life for more than 15,000 children and adults this past year. The Agency offers home-based adult and pediatric skilled nursing, palliative care, rehabilitative therapies, counseling, telehealth, and a full range of community health and wellness services throughout York, Cumberland, and southern Oxford counties. Its organizational mission is helping people to be as healthy and independent as possible at home and in the community. HomeHealth Visiting Nurses is a member of MaineHealth, a not-for-profit system of leading high-quality healthcare providers. For more information on HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, call 1-800-660-4867 or visit www.homehealth.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE AND CONTINUOUS RELEASE

Date: November 6, 2015

Contact: Mia Millefoglie, Vice President, Development and Marketing

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses

1-800-660-4867 mmillefoglie@homehealth.org

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses Honors Champions from MedCu3 & Ladder 3

(Saco, Maine) HomeHealth Visiting Nurses presented Champion Awards to first responders from Portland MedCu3 and Ladder 3 at its October 2015 Annual Meeting.

At the award ceremony, Greg Burns, RN, Manager of Pediatric Services provided the following tribute, "There are events in our patient’s medical journeys when champions appear to support their care and comfort. We had this privilege when several champions from MedCu 3 and Ladder 3, Rosemont Station arrived to the home of our patient. Because of their generosity of time, oxygen supplies, and compassion, our six-year old patient was able to die peacefully, at home, surrounded by her family and friends." The parents and young sister participated in the recognition that specifically honored the following individuals from Ladder 3, Rosemount Station; Lt. John Brennan, firefighters Ralph Munroe and Ron Giroux. From MedCu 3, paramedics from Meagan Letellier and Michael Mutchie were recognized; however, paramedic. Paramedic Stephen Coppi was unable to attend the ceremony.

The Annual Meeting included a presentation on emerging trends in home-based palliative care by Dr. Isabella N. Stumpf, Division Director of Palliative Medicine, Maine Medical Center. Donna DeBlois, President & CEO presented a report to the community highlighting Agency accomplishments noting, "HomeHealth Visiting Nurses has emerged this year as a true leader in advancing palliative care services and adopting cutting-edge Telehealth technology." The Agency’s partner, Health Recovery Solutions, was on-site and demonstrated the new Telehealth tablet and blue-tooth peripheral devices used to support patients with advanced chronic disease. The HomeHealth Champion Award was presented to Dr. Charles Belisle, Maine Medical Center Family Medicine, in recognition of his advocacy and support for home health care.

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses is a 501c3 non-profit, fully-licensed Agency that improved the health and quality of life for more than 15,000 children and adults this past year. The Agency offers home-based adult and pediatric skilled nursing, palliative care, rehabilitative therapies, counseling, telehealth, and a full range of community health and wellness services throughout York, Cumberland, and southern Oxford counties. Its organizational mission is helping people to be as healthy and independent as possible at home and in the community. HomeHealth Visiting Nurses is a member of MaineHealth, a not-for-profit system of leading high-quality healthcare providers. For more information, call 1-800-660-4867 or visit www.homehealth.org. #######

Publication: Readmissions News

MaineHealth Care at Home launched southern Maine's first telehealth demonstration project, introducing interactive video monitors to at-risk patients in remote areas who have congestive heart failure.

Readmissions News July 2016

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