Introducing Josephine Caring Communities Newest Service Line:  Josephine At Home

As the new Administrator/Clinical Director for Josephine At Home, I wanted to introduce myself. I’m a registered nurse who has worked in Home Health and Hospice Operations, Quality Assurance and Clinical Education for the past 10 years. I’m passionate about providing clinical services to patients in their homes. Through patient-defined success, precise and timely clinical care and excellent customer service, I expect Josephine At Home to be a leader in Home Health and Home Care for Snohomish County and Camano Island.

Part of the Home Health pre-launch checklist includes meeting rigorous requirements for the Washington State Departments of Health and the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). I’m looking forward to sharing updates and collaborating with these partners as Josephine At Home progresses towards Accreditation.

Here’s a glimpse at Josephine At Home’s progress:

  • Josephine At Home will provide 2 service lines:  Home Health (in-development) and Home Care services (in-progress, being enhanced)
  • The Home Health service line is approaching 70% completion of our Certificate of Need Application (a required step in achieving Accreditation)
  • The Certificate of Need will cover Snohomish County and Camano Island Home Health Services (We will look to expand to Skagit County as we grow)
  • Our Home Care service line does not require a Certificate of Need.  We are currently limiting service to the Suites due to COVID-19 concerns
  • We anticipate beginning to build our Home Health census, and accepting patients for the initial Accreditation Survey, in Fall/Winter 2020

While we are currently on-track to meet our launch goals, Josephine At Home must maintain flexibility in these uncertain times. The Roadmap timeline is aggressive and COVID-19 is a factor whose impact is difficult to predict. Keep checking-in here for updates.

Have more questions? Call the Home Health office anytime 360-386-3284!

Leslie Palmer RN, BSN CHPN

 

Josephine At Home Update:  Approaching the Finish Line

Josephine At Home is nearing the last phase in launching our Home Health service line. While we await Department of Health approval, we are preparing for our federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services survey. This means finalizing all operational aspects of our new Home Health service line. Josephine At Home staff are working around the clock to prepare our new service line so that we can begin providing quality Home Health care for Snohomish county and Camano Island. Our Home Care service line will relaunch once Home Health completes survey.

Telehealth Services

Part of the Josephine At Home modernization plan includes providing Telehealth services. We are seeking one of the first Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) Distinctions for Telehealth in the nation. Healthcare organizations must look to the future to provide efficient quality care. Telehealth services provide digital telehealth options as a safe, cost-effective alternative to in-person visits. A unique aspect of Josephine At Home’s telehealth services will be our remote patient monitoring (RPM) capabilities. RPM collects medical and health data from patients in one location and securely transmits that information to healthcare providers in a different location. Providers can track healthcare data such as vital signs, weight, blood sugar, oxygen and electrocardiograms after patients are discharged from the hospital and signed up for Home Health services. This reduces hospital readmissions rates, allowing patients to spend more time at home.

Josephine At Home’s New Clinical Supervisor:

Welcome Allyssa Weingel RN, BSN(c)

We are excited to announce the addition of Allyssa Weingel to the Josephine At Home team. As the new Clinical Supervisor for Home Health and Home Care, Allyssa reports to Leslie Palmer, Administrator and Clinical Director of Josephine At Home. Allyssa’s extensive nursing experience includes hospital-based acute care, Home Health pediatric and private duty experience. Her experience in field and in-home nursing, coupled with the rigors of hospital quality standards, is an ideal fit for managing Home Health and Home Care staff. Allyssa has a deep understanding of how to apply regulatory standards from multiple state and federal agencies. When Allyssa isn’t developing policy, creating survey binders or planning clinical skills fairs, she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and dogs. Allyssa is also expanding her nursing education at Boise State University through remote learning. We are excited she joined the Josephine At Home team to help take Josephine Caring Community to the next level by expanding on our commitment to whole person care.