West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Healthy West Kendall Partner with Alliance for Aging to launch Care Transitions Program
MIAMI, FL – August 5, 2020 – West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Healthy West Kendall and the Alliance for Aging have teamed up to launch the Care Transitions Program to provide home-based assistance for geriatric patients discharged from West Kendall Baptist Hospital. The goal of the program is to help vulnerable seniors recuperate in their own homes and prevent or delay nursing home placements or hospital readmissions. The Care Transitions Program provides help and support for qualifying seniors for up to 60 days, at no charge. Developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the temporary program is available through December 2020 to 150 patients and funded by the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
“West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Healthy West Kendall are pleased to partner with the Alliance for Aging in caring for our patients upon discharge,” said Michelle Mejia, assistant vice president of Health Promotions & Strategic Partnerships at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “This extra support, which consists of meals, transportation, housekeeping and emotional support, will help our patients and residents recover and return to restored health.”
The Care Transitions Program is offered to area residents age 60 and over who are identified during discharge from West Kendall Baptist Hospital as needing help at home to promote healing and recovery. Patients who live alone or have limited means for self-care and support may receive assistance with meals, personal care, homemaking, shopping and more. The necessary services will be determined by the patient’s care team and case manager and delivered by staff of the Alliance for Aging service providers.
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About West Kendall Baptist Hospital
West Kendall Baptist Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About the Alliance for Aging
As the Area Agency on Aging for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, the Alliance serves as the administrative funding hub for $42 million in state and federal money for home- and community-based services. The Alliance is responsible for ensuring quality and fiscal accountability among subcontractors providing direct services. In the past year, more than 86,000 older adults received home- and community-based services through our network.