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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

SRMC Discontinues Home Health and Hospice Services


April 22, 2020

Forrest Hershberger

Sidney Regional Medical Center recently announced the closure of its Home Health and Hospice programs in the area. SRMC is also moving the Walk-In Clinic to 610 Glover Road. Patients are encouraged to call before visits because of the COVID-19 virus.

Sidney Regional Medical Center (SRMC) will no longer be accepting referrals or admissions for the Home Health and Hospice services,as these services are being discontinued at this time.

The hospital stopped taking new Home Health and Hospice patients when the announcement was made.

However, some of these services that were provided at home will now be available in an outpatient setting for those traditionally home bound. This decision was made due to the lack of utilization and the ever changing requirements mandated from the CMS. Personalized transition plans will be determined for current patients and future discharge patients by the SRMC staff and their primary care provider. Moving forward, access to outpatient services that were provided in the home setting, will be coordinated through the Chronic Care Management team in the SRMC Physician's Clinic for established patients. This will include offering transportation and other resources.

"This decision was extremely tough to make,

however knew we had to design a plan to still address the needs of our patients that were healing from home," stated Jason Petik, Chief Executive Officer for SRMC. "Outpatient services that were previously offered in the home setting, will now be coordinated with optional transportation made available for established patients," Petik continued.

Life Assist monitoring system services will continue and be supported by SRMC.

The Sidney Regional Medical Center Home Health program was designed to provide "intermittent skilled care to persons in their places of residence. According to the SRMC website, the program is focused on patient self-management of the illness or disease, and to help the patient maintain independence at home. The hospice program provides end-of-life care for patients diagnosed with a terminal illness, providing comfort to the patient and the family.


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