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HCR Manor Care Greentree Now Offers Post Acute Pulmonary Program
By Barbara Nichols, MSN, CRNP, NHA

Barbara Nichols, MSN, CRNP, NHA

Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions has become a priority focus for the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation facilities. Critical to the analysis of the readmissions to the hospital is the appropriateness. Some readmissions are unavoidable, however due to the lack of adequate identification, treatment, discharge planning and follow-up care coordination the recidivism rate becomes higher than anticipated.

One way to improve these rates for the SNFs is to develop disease management programs that are specific for the targeted conditions of Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD). Identifying positive risk factors upon admission to SNF and monitoring them daily is one way to reduce a patient from returning to the hospital within the next thirty days.

HCR Manor Care Greentree has developed a new Post-Acute Pulmonary program. This innovative program is a restorative and a preventive process for patients recovering from a new onset, complications or exacerbation of pulmonary conditions such as Pneumonia, COPD, Emphysema, Asthma and Respiratory Failure.

This multidisciplinary approach is designed to maximize patients' independent functioning, improve their quality of life while minimizing the number of re-hospitalizations, and improving the patients' clinical outcomes.

Our team of professionals includes physicians, advanced practice nurses, respiratory therapy services; physical, occupational and speech therapy services, case management, social service and discharge planning support, and twenty-four hour highly trained nursing staff.

We are proud to offer Pulmonary Care as an extension of the health care services we have been providing.

For more information, contact HCR Manorcare Greentree at (412) 344-7744 or visit www.hcr-manorcare.com.

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