Foundation Raising Funds for Home Health & Hospice
Foundation Raising Funds for Home Health & Hospice

Foundation Raising Funds for Home Health & Hospice

Hospital

Collaboration between local home health and hospice services and Wyandot Memorial Hospital is more fluid with the service now a department of the hospital. Home Health and Hospice Director Cathy Browne (from left), Home Health Clinical Director Christy Biller, Emergency Department and Inpatient Unit Director Angela Harr and Hospitalist Medical Director Dr. Jacob Conklin are teaming up for improved continuity of patient care and growth opportunities. The WMH Foundation selected Home Health and Hospice as its priority project this year to replace some of the dollars lost with the cancellation of most fundraising events during the pandemic.

The Wyandot Memorial Hospital Foundation is raising funds to help patients in the hospital’s newest service: Home Health and Hospice. Although the clinical care of patients in their homes is not new to Wyandot County, it is the first time the services have been offered by WMH.

The hospital acquired Home Health and Hospice Services of Wyandot County in November to continue having those local services available in Wyandot County. Home Health and Hospice was a standalone, independent organization and had struggled recently – like many small businesses – with additional regulatory requirements, workforce shortages, unexpected costs and uncertain revenues.

“The timing of the pandemic hit us hard,” Home Health and Hospice Director Cathy Browne noted, “coming just two months after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid lowered reimbursement rates for many home health care providers like us.”

Browne remains as director of Home Health and Hospice with no immediate changes planned and looks forward to the many benefits of affiliation with WMH, including group purchasing possibilities, insurance contract options and operational efficiencies. The hospital also benefits with improved continuity of patient care and growth opportunities in palliative care and inpatient hospice services.

“Receiving care at home is vital for many in our community,” Browne emphasized, “and the pandemic brought that to the forefront with the added safety of staying in place. There are many crossover opportunities where we can make sure individuals get the care they need.”

Home Health and Hospice Services of Wyandot County was formed when Hospice of Wyandot County merged with Wyandot County Home Health in 2018. Wyandot County Home Health was certified in 1966 as a county organization under the direction of the local board of health, and Hospice of Wyandot County was founded by area volunteers in 1987.

Wyandot Memorial is a joint township district hospital with local leadership on its Joint Township Board and Board of Governors. It just celebrated the 70th anniversary of its opening in 1950.

“Our calling of ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ aligned with the hospital’s mission of ‘Keeping Our Promise to be Your Hospital,’” Browne added. “By partnering, we’re able to keep the promise of being your local hospice and home health.”

The WMH Foundation selected Home Health and Hospice as its 2020 annual campaign priority project to help replace some of the dollars lost with the cancellation of most fundraising events during the pandemic.

“Many of us know firsthand how essential these services are for our families and friends,” stated Foundation Chairman Andy Loose, “and we also recognize they rely on donations to help do the work they do.”

He explained the annual campaign contributions received are designated as restricted funds for Home Health and Hospice. The WMH Foundation is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit and contributions may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. The annual campaign donors are recognized in the newspaper and the hospital newsletter mailed to every household in the county.

“I know Wyandot Memorial is privileged to add Home Health and Hospice as a department of the hospital and glad to keep these services local,” Loose reported. “We hope you are too and invite you to include the WMH Foundation in your giving this year and support the hospital’s commitment to be better tomorrow than today.”

Donations may be mailed to the public relations office at the hospital. For more details, phone 419-294-4991, extension 2268, or email jboden@wyandotmemorial.org.