MILWAUKEE (2/2/2012) - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Aurora Visiting Nurse Association have developed a preferred provider arrangement for pediatric home health services, effective Feb. 1, 2012. Aurora VNA currently provides a majority of home care services and equipment needs for children discharged from Children's Hospital.
"We believe Aurora VNA will help expand our ability to provide coordination of services to our families as they leave the hospital or specialty clinic," said Cindy Christensen, RN, JD, president of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. "If we can provide more families with seamless care coordination while concentrating on improving quality of care and outcomes for our families, they truly will benefit."
"Children's has created an impressive care coordination system for chronically ill and injured children who leave the hospital and need services at home," said Candace Hennessy, RN, PhD, Aurora vice president and president of Aurora VNA. "We're pleased to expand the relationship to find more ways to effectively and cost-efficiently coordinate care, leading to improvements in the lives of children and their families."
Home health services include home health nursing, respiratory therapy, rehabilitation equipment, home infusion services, wound care/ostomy and enteral support.
Children's will continue to use several home health agencies to meet the needs of families with unique insurance plans or who live areas not served by Aurora.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, founded in 1894, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It has been named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. Children's Hospital is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons. The hospital has been redesignated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a national honor that recognizes nursing excellence. Private, independent and not-for-profit, the hospital serves children and families from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Illinois and beyond. In 2010, Children's invested more than $105 million into the community to improve the health status of children. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.