Crozer-Keystone Health System Home Health and Hospice Receives $35,000 Grant - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on February 24, 2014

Crozer-Keystone Health System Home Health and Hospice Receives $35,000 Grant

DCCF Check Presentation

Pictured (from left): John Durso, executive director, Delaware County
Community Foundation; Grant Gegwich, DCCF Board president and vice
president of Public Relations and Marketing for CKHS; Stephen P. Sullivan,
vice president and executive director, Crozer-Chester Foundation; Jane
Hanahan, administrative director, Crozer-Keystone Home Health and
Hospice; and Gwen Smith, Advisory Board member and president
of Springfield Hospital.

DREXEL HILL, Pa. – Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Home Health and Hospice programs were recently awarded $35,000 by the Delaware County Community Foundation (DCCF) to provide supplemental caregiving services for low-income patients. The grant was given through the Crozer-Chester Foundation, the fundraising arm of Crozer-Chester Medical Center and its various entities. Funding provided through the grant, which was based on financial need, will help Crozer-Keystone Home Health and Hospice  provide care and support to the community’s neediest residents, who wish to remain in their homes while preparing for the end of life or coping with other health challenges.

“We are deeply grateful for this grant, which enables us to provide life-changing services for many people in Delaware County,” says Jane Hanahan, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.A., administrative director of Crozer-Keystone Home Health and Hospice. “Many of the hospice patients we see wish to die in the peace and comfort of their homes, but some do not qualify for hospice because of certain caregiver requirements. This funding helps them meet those requirements. It also provides important respite relief for loved ones and family members, who are often balancing the caregiving role with the demands of their own lives.”

For home health patients, who may be coping with serious medical challenges or transitioning home from a hospital or nursing facility, this funding also plays a vital role by enabling CKHS to provide services like education and medication assistance, as well as funding for safety equipment and supplies. “Even everyday items like pillboxes and scales can go a long way in helping patients better manage their care at home,” Hanahan notes.

Preventing re-hospitalization and helping patients maintain their independence are hallmarks of Crozer-Keystone Home Health, which was named to the “HomeCare EliteTM” for the seventh year in a row in 2013, ranking it among the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified home health agencies in the country in an annual industry compilation.

Among its home services, Crozer-Keystone Home Health offers skilled nursing; rehabilitation services; breastfeeding and other help for new moms; home health aides; social services; and care transitions from hospital to home. Crozer-Keystone Hospice provides compassionate care, bringing dignity and peace to patients and their caregivers who are facing a life-limiting illness.

With support from the DCCF grant, CKHS continues to care for a growing number of people in Delaware County. Last year, CKHS served 727 hospice patients—14% more than the prior year and 26% more than two years ago. Also, CKHS provided 16,593 hospice days last year, compared to 14,962 days the previous year. Crozer-Keystone’s Home Health program served 8,958 patients, totaling 84,396 visits through June 2013, also reflecting an increase over prior years. 

For more information about Crozer-Keystone Health System Home Health or Hospice services, call (610) 284-0700 or visit Home Health and Hospice Services.

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