Cornerstone VNA Receives Grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation for Telehealth

Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice organization, recently received a $32,000 E3 Grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation to improve health outcomes for high-risk patients. Specifically, the grant supports the implementation of a new Community Telehealth Paramedicine Program at Cornerstone VNA. The telehealth program uses 4G-enabled Samsung tablets, which are portable disease management systems that are placed in patients’ homes to closely monitor chronic illnesses. Telehealth units offer video conferencing, medication reminders and monitoring of vital signs. Patients take and track their vitals daily while Cornerstone VNA clinicians monitor them through the web and mobile application. The goals of this new Community Telehealth Paramedicine program include improving communication between services (e.g. Hospitals, Physician Practices and Home Care Agencies) and standardizing chronic disease management in the community.

The new Community Telehealth Paramedicine Program is the result of extensive collaboration between Cornerstone VNA and Frisbie Memorial Hospital (FMH) to address a need in the community to further support high-risk patients. It brings clinical expertise in telehealth technology and merges it with the community outreach efforts of a major area hospital.  According to Gary Brock, Director of EMS, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, “We could not be happier with the partnerships we have developed in our emerging Mobile Integrated Health program. Cornerstone VNA has been a key partner, and their vision in population health management, is nothing short of amazing.  Their partnership is essential in creating integrated models of healthcare that result in better outcomes for at risk patients. We are grateful for their willingness to remove traditional barriers to care and the partnerships they are building.”

Currently, FMH paramedics from the Mobile Integrated Health program (MIH) make home visits to patients who may not qualify for home care or who decline services. With the new Community Telehealth Paramedicine Program, telehealth units will now be available to FMH paramedics to use with these patients. For example, FMH paramedics will identify a patient in need and contact Cornerstone VNA with a telehealth referral. Cornerstone VNA will then deploy units to those patients and provide installation, daily monitoring and training. Ongoing patient support will be provided by the Cornerstone VNA Telehealth Clinical Coordinator.

Jennifer Gullison RN, MSN, Cornerstone VNA Clinical Director states, “This program is the first of its kind in the state and will assist our organization and FMH in continuing to address the needs of at risk patients in the community by utilizing available technology and equipment. We are most grateful to the Cardinal Health Foundation for generously supporting this important new endeavor.”

About Cornerstone VNA

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care.  For more than 100 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

 

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