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Botsford Hospital and Residential Home Health Announce Partnership to Increase Clinical Integration, Improve Patient Care Transitions, and Reduce Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

Farmington Hills, Mich. (January 29, 2013)---Two of Michigan's leading independent health care providers, Botsford Hospital and Residential Home Health, have formed a collaborative partnership to better serve the patients of Botsford Hospital and Botsford Commons Senior Community. This partnership will focus on improving the support and education of patients and their families as patients transfer from the hospital to the skilled nursing facility or home, as well as improving the quality and timeliness of information shared with health care providers, including physicians, hospital and nursing home clinical staff, EMS teams and home health care providers. 
 
Botsford and Residential intend to share patients' up-to-date health status information, which will help to bring the most appropriate clinical resources to patients. The goal is to improve patient care transitions by providing more nursing support to patients and their families to prepare them as they move from one health care setting to another. Also planned are efforts to leverage Botsford's leadership in emergency medicine, innovating service delivery and reducing utilization as patients access emergency medical services. 
 
"Nationally, nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30 days, translating to 2.6 million seniors at a cost of more than $26 billion each year," says Paul E. LaCasse, D.O., MPH, president and CEO of Botsford Health Care. 
 
"Working with Residential Home Health, Botsford Hospital and Botsford Commons Senior Community are developing programs to ensure safe and effective patient transition from one health care setting to another. For patients with serious and complex illnesses, transitions in care settings often result in miscommunications, poor coordination of services and a rise in preventable adverse effects. We will be providing patients and families with additional support, education, choice and access to a full array of quality services that assure our patients the independence, health and quality of life they deserve. Sub-acute rehabilitation program success from the patient's perspective is a successful return to home," LaCasse added. 
 
"Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions is better for everyone especially patients and their family, but also for hospitals, post-acute care facilities and insurance companies. Residential is honored to be selected by the Botsford team to work with them on innovating the delivery of services to their patients and helping to manage post-acute risk for all associated providers," says David Curtis, president, Residential Home Health. 
 
BOTSFORD COMMONS SENIOR COMMUNITY 
Botsford Commons Senior Community provides a variety of residential choices, including independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation and continuing care centers. Visit www.botsfordcommons.org for more information. 
 
ABOUT RESIDENTIAL HOME HEALTH 
Residential Home Health has been a leading provider of home nursing and therapy services throughout Michigan since 2001 and northeastern Illinois since 2009. Based on 2012 claims data independently verified by Health Market Science, Residential Home Health care is the most referred home care agency by hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and physicians in Michigan. 
 
Residential has developed a number of innovative, evidence-based clinical programs to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions particularly for chronically-ill geriatric patients, including one of the largest home-based, telemonitoring programs in Michigan. Residential also has one of the largest clinical staffs in Michigan, comprising more than 450 licensed clinical staff and including registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and medical social workers, serving patients in 25 counties across the state. Visit www.residential homehealth.com/learnmore for more information and to view a video on the home health care benefit. 
 
PRESS CONTACTS 
Lynn C. Anderson, director, Marketing and Public Relations, Botsford Hospital, 248-442-7986, landerson@botsford.org 
 
Teresa Spencer, director, Marketing, Residential Home Health, 248-524-6422, tespencer@residentialhomehealth.com

Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.

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