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These programs are designed to reduce
the strain on hospitals and emergency
departments at locations such as WellSpan
Ephrata Community Hospital in Lancaster County, as well as WellSpan's other six
hospitals in Lebanon, York, Adams, and
Franklin counties.
" WellSpan wants to offer the right care,
in the right setting, at the right time, " said
Ann Kunkel, WellSpan vice president of
community health and engagement. " As
the pandemic ramped up, our teams quickly
mobilized to design programs that would
allow patients to safely recover in the comfort
of their home or a home-like setting, while
freeing up hospital beds for more critically
ill patients. "
The programs are Recuperative Care,
Hospital at Home, and a specially trained
Hot Team.
RECUPERATIVE CARE
Recuperative Care supports patients who
have unstable housing or who are unable to
self-isolate in their living situation and have
medical needs, a need for 24-7 support or
who need psychological/social support. The
program connects these patients with both
medical and community services.

This program opened Nov. 30 on Good
Drive in Lancaster and can provide care for
24 patients at a time.
WellSpan also has four similar sites in
York County, called Arches to Wellness.  It
launched the program in Shippensburg
(Franklin County) in December and is
looking to expand ongoing programs in
Lebanon and Adams counties. 
The programs provide recuperating
patients with a short-term place to heal while
connecting them to community resources
and a primary care physician who can help
them manage their medical issues. The goal
is to release the patients back to the community in better shape-physically, mentally
and socially-than when they entered the
health care system.
HOSPITAL AT HOME
Hospital at Home, launched in December in Lancaster County, helps patients get
quickly and safely discharged to their home,
where they continue to receive medical care,
treatment, and services. This includes patients
with COVID-19 and/or chronic conditions
such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, and
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Patients must be clinically stable to receive
services from Hospital at Home.
A physician or advanced practice provider
(APP) is available around the clock to see
these patients. The physician or APP sees the
patient daily via a video visit. A nurse sees
the patient daily via a home visit.
Patients may receive care that includes
intravenous medications or fluids, blood
draws for testing, medication monitoring,
and other services.
THE HOT TEAM
WellSpan VNA has a specially trained
" Hot Team, " a multi-disciplinary group of
nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists,
occupational therapists, and home health
aides equipped to care for COVID-19
patients at home. These workers are able
to safely test and care for patients in homes
and personal care homes, with the use of
protective equipment, sanitation measures,
and other best practice measures.
Through these three programs, patients
can benefit from specialized support to help
them at every stage of their COVID-19
recovery process.



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