The Right Care in the Right Place: Partnership Reduces Hospital Readmission for Most Vulnerable Patients
Delivering high-quality, patient-centered care doesn’t end when patients leave the hospital. Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center collaborates with skilled nursing facilities in Oakland and Berkeley to help patients continue healing and return home.
Repeated hospitalizations are stressful — physically and emotionally — for patients and their families. Nationally, about one in five Medicare patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days. SNFs provide round the clock nursing care and rehabilitation services. Read More about The Right Care in the Right Place: Partnership Reduces Hospital Readmission for Most Vulnerable Patients
As he talks about his current situation, Ed Stump quickly mentions he is thankful for the blessings he’s received. While he was recuperating from a heart attack at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, social workers discovered that Stump, 57, didn’t have a safe place to go when he was discharged.
“I was new to the area and I didn’t have a place to live,” he recalls. “I was dealing with a number of health problems and I was afraid of being on the street.”
In the past, when a person in Ed’s situation was released from a hospital stay they would recuperate on the streets, out in the elements. Their health would have improved more quickly if they had rested in a bed in a safe place. Often their conditions worsened and they were soon re-admitted into the hospital. Read More about Caring for Our Community: Safe Housing for Homeless Hospital Patients
By Steve O’Brien and Marty Lynch
My word © 2015 Bay Area News Group
Posted: 04/16/2015 09:00:00 AM PDT
It takes a village to accomplish many goals in this world. And we’re finding out that a village is now more important than ever in helping members of our community access health care in more convenient and appropriate settings.
Members of our community who are uninsured, homeless or living in poverty frequently use emergency rooms for their primary health care. These patients account for almost half of non-life-threatening visits to ERs.
Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Alameda County’s Community Health Center Network collaborate to offer greater access to primary medical care for patients who often rely on the emergency rooms of the area. Read More about Oakland Tribune Guest Commentary: Finding Methods to Provide Needy Better Health Care
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is collaborating with local clinics and other partners to help support members of our community that frequently use the emergency room for their primary health care.
Tracy Schrider, LCSW, ACM, Administrative Supervisor of Social Work at Alta Bates, describes the importance of working with these patients to help them find accessible primary care outside the hospital to help them avoid crises and stay healthier longer.
Our hospitals and emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day with top-notch staff to care for everyone who walks through our doors. Most days, that includes a lot of people who come to our emergency rooms for non-emergencies.
Members of our community who are underinsured and uninsured, homeless or living in poverty and those with behavioral health problems frequently use the emergency room for primary health care. These patients account for almost half of those making non-life-threatening visits to the ER.
With the goal of providing the right care in the right place at the right time, Alta Bates Summit and the Community Health Center Network are working together to offer greater access to primary medical care for patients who often rely on the ER.
Through its not-for-profit mission, Alta Bates Summit and its philanthropic partner, Better Health East Bay. have invested nearly $1.5 million programs to care for the neediest in our community.