Ceremony marks hospital's Home Health Care move

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon marks the move of the Kane Community Hospital's Home Health Care program to an office building at 198 N. Fraley St.The site is on the east side of Fraley Street (Route 6) opposite the former Shady Point Restaurant."Our new location will give us better visibility and curb appeal," Gary Rhodes said. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the hospital and vice president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hamot. The Kane hospital is the first affiliate of the Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Hamot now is part of UPMC.The Kane's hospital's Home Health Care program had been based at the Summit Medical Park in Kane. The new location is expected to offer "greater access and convenience for customers and patients," the hospital said.The hospital's Occupational Medicine program also is located in the site now occupied by the Home Health Care unit. Rhodes said the Home Health Care program provides "a continuity of care" for hospital patients once they return to their homes. He said the program enables patients to spend "less time in the hospital" and continue to receive care in their homes.Sue Freer, a registered nurse who manages the Home Health Care program, said a staff of 14 full-time and part-time nurses "monitors" patients who return home after a stay in the hospital. The Home Health Care program serves a caseload that averages about 50 patients, Freer said.See full article by purchasing the Feb. 17 edition of The Kane Republican.