Central Ohio Provider Takes Over Visiting Nurses Association

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A central Ohio home health provider will spend the next two to three months evaluating an Athens-based hospice group as part of a new agreement.

OhioHealth's HomeReach will manage O'Bleness Health System's Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association Hospice and Health Services, Inc.

According to Jim Newbrough, president of OhioHealth's HomeReach, patient care should not be affected by this new agreement.

“It’s a management agreement, but really there will be no change to the patient care that is delivered right now. There will be no change that the patients would see in their caregivers, their service anything like that. So, for the patients and for the community, it should be transparent,” said Newbrough.

Newbrough also mentioned that they have already started work evaluating the hospice program.

“We have done sort of a date review of that organization. Now we want to spend the next sixty to ninety days really doing a full operational assessment of how they do things and how their operation works,” said Newbrough.

This particular agreement took effect Tuesday, while an overall management agreement between the two has been in effect since August of 2010.