KishHealth assumes management of Dekalb home care patients

Beginning Jan. 1, KishHealth System began caring for patients of DeKalb County Health Department's Home Care program that ended Dec. 31, 2012. KishHealth System has acquired the service from the health department. Home health care allows individuals to remain independent and postpones or eliminates the need for a nursing home or other care facility after hospitalization.

"Bringing this service into the health system also allows us to provide uninterrupted care for patients from the hospital to the time they transition home," says KishHealth System Home Care director, Lisa Hardcastle, RN. "And through KishHealth Home Care, we're continuing the high quality of care that the county began. We're also able to expand our services to areas not previously covered by the county, including the outlying communities around our two main hospitals, Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb and Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich." KishHealth Home Care hired a number of the home health workers whose jobs were eliminated from DeKalb County Health Department as well as internal employees to fill the new positions created by the health system.

"KishHealth System is able to respond to all of the recent regulatory changes in home health stemming from the Affordable Care Act," said Pamela Duffy, RN, KishHealth System chief nursing officer, and president of KishHealth Home Care. "Our home care team is backed with great resources - technology, education, and a connection to all the services the health system offers."

KishHealth Home Care services include skilled nursing, home health aides, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and medical social workers, and allow robust and coordinated services throughout the entire health system, including laboratory services, respiratory therapy and social services and case management. For more information about services available through KishHealth System Home Care please visit, or call 815.748.8960.

About KishHealth System Home Care

KishHealth System Home Care delivers quality home health care to DeKalb County and northern Illinois area residents who are unable to receive care in a traditional clinical setting. With the backing of the health system, the transition from hospital to home is simple and uncomplicated. Each patient's care is managed by a registered nurse, and our team of registered nurses, home health aides, therapists and social workers work together to bring our patients extraordinary care in the comfort of their own homes. Our staff evaluates the needs of each patient individually and together they develop a unique care plan that offers the greatest health benefits.

About KishHealth System

KishHealth System strives to be the cornerstone of health care for the communities we serve -- the first choice for service, comfort and safety. A community-owned health system, the Kish family unselfishly commits to excellence, education and innovation. KishHealth System includes a number of entities including Kishwaukee and Valley West Community Hospitals, DeKalb County Hospice, Hauser-Ross Eye Institute, Center for Family Health, KishHealthFoundation and KishHealth Physician Group.