MALONE — Alice Hyde’s readmissions project received a $100,000 grant through the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation — money that could be utilized to reduce 30-day hospital readmission rates for patients with chronic illness.
This can be achieved through providing patient education, at-home tools and resources, and follow-up care, facility officials said. The project was launched in October and initially focused on providing online educational resources to help patients diagnosed with congestive heart failure, remotely. It received donations through Alice Hyde’s Philanthropy Department — which funded the purchase and distribution of over 100 digital scales.
“A major focus for us is teaching patients how to take care of themselves at home and better manage the disease they’re diagnosed with,” Clinical Educator Gabrielle Scott said in a prepared statement. “We know these disease states are recurring and really prevalent in our area. The Readmissions Project is a great opportunity to give our community the tools they need at home to be able to take care of themselves and live their lives to the fullest.”
The project expanded its focus to include patients diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a condition that originates from damaged airways in the lungs — causing obstructed airflow. Patients through the project are provided with pulse oximeters to assist in their condition management, from home.
Tammy Reynolds, of Alice Hyde’s Nursing Operations, said about half of the received grant money is planned to fund a part-time registered nurse position. This would employ someone to assist in management of the program and one who can connect with patients, she said. The remaining funds will be spent on disease management tool purchases.
“It’s critical that people know when to come to the hospital to get care for their health problems,” Reynolds said in a prepared statement. “But it’s as important that our patients have the resources and the knowledge to keep themselves healthy after leaving the hospital. That’s our goal with this project – it’s a resource for patients when they’re in the hospital, and after they leave as well.”