TINLEY PARK, Ill. (September 2016) — Providence Hospice was awarded its provisional license by the state of Indiana on Friday, Sept. 16, and is expected to begin serving clients within the next few days.
The provisional license is good for 90 days, during which the division will undergo a state survey and a Joint Commission survey. If it goes well, the state survey will result in an official license, while the Joint Commission survey will result in accreditation and a Medicare certification.
There are already hospice employees in place, ready to serve Indiana clients — Providence has hired two RNs (a clinical supervisor and a case manager), a medical director, a chaplain and a social worker to be part of the team.
The process for obtaining the Indiana license began in the spring.
“We started putting the pieces together and laying out a timeline in February,” said Richard Nolden, Vice President of Healthcare Strategy at Providence. “We saw a need for hospice in the area, and in light of the opening of Park Place of St. John, we felt that it would complete our continuum of services offered in Indiana.”
Providence at Home will work alongside Park Place of St. John in serving Indiana residents. The new campus recently celebrated the opening of its Health & Wellness Center, which, along with skilled nursing and memory care, will offer rehabilitation in a Small House setting. Once Park Place’s rehab services receive a Medicare license, the building will like fill up quickly — and Providence at Home will be called on to aid clients in their transition from rehab to home. They will also be equipped to serve clients who move into the retirement living building, but could use some extra assistance with daily activities.
But not all clients using Providence at Home will be based at the Providence community. The Home health census in Indiana has already more than doubled in the last three months, and that growth is expected to continue. Currently, Providence at Home is looking to hire more nurses to keep up with demand.
If you or someone you know is interested in a career with Providence at Home, find job openings on our website. For more information about the services provided by Providence at Home, call (800) 509-2800.
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