Wake Forest Baptist Forms Joint Venture to Improve Home Health

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., has formed a joint venture with Gentiva Health Services, a national home health and hospice family of companies with 400 nationwide locations, to focus on post-hospital care.

The joint venture is Wake Forest Baptist Health Care at Home. It focuses on providing a more complete program of post-hospital services for older adults who need help adjusting to living at home after hospitalization, according to the news release. The partnership brings together results of evidence-based research conducted at Wake Forest Baptist's Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation with Gentiva's home healthcare experience.

"We have really brought academic medicine and industry together to marshal the strengths of each entity's integrated care. We were looking for a partner with whom to re-engineer the care provided to our patients when they are discharged to home and then implement this new model drawn from the best practices, plus the most recent research evidence," said Pamela Duncan, PhD, professor of neurology and director of transitional outcomes at Wake Forest Baptist, in the release. "The goal is to make it easier for patients to transition safely and smoothly to home and remain there."

Wake Forest Baptist Health Care at Home is expected to lower readmissions and produce cost savings.

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