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CNB Medical News: Virtua Health “Hospital at Home” Program


South Jersey health system is first in the Greater Philadelphia region to bring hospital-level care into select patients’ homes

 

(MARLTON, N.J. -- January 19, 2022)…Virtua Health announces the start of its Hospital at Home program – an innovative initiative that will allow eligible patients who meet certain criteria to heal from the comfort of their home rather than a hospital room. One patient recovering from COVID-19 enrolled in the program today, which includes twice-daily visits from Virtua staff, remote monitoring, and video calls with clinicians, among other services.

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The Hospital at Home model offers advantages to both patients and providers and is widely viewed by the industry as a key component of health care’s ongoing evolution.

 

Studies (see links below) show that benefits of this care model compared to traditional inpatient care include: 

  • A shorter average length of hospital stay
  • Higher patient and family satisfaction
  • Decreased likelihood of hospital readmission  

The model also allows caregivers or family members to directly support participating patients, which is not always possible due to hospital visitor restrictions in response to COVID-19.

 

The preservation of available hospital beds and resources is a key benefit for both hospitals and the community – particularly now as many hospitals nationwide experience record-setting patient volume.

 

“We have spent several months developing our Hospital at Home program. Our plan was to launch the service in late February, but we accelerated the timeline to address the current surge of COVID patients,” said John Matsinger, DO, MBA, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Virtua Health, which operates five hospitals across southern New Jersey.

 

“In time, this program will be a cornerstone of our care portfolio,” Dr. Matsinger said. “You can think of it as our sixth hospital; one that is dedicated to remote, virtual care.”

 

How Hospital at Home Works

 

Initially, Virtua will offer Hospital at Home to select patients at Virtua Voorhees Hospital whose COVID-19 treatment can safely transition from the inpatient unit to the person’s home. In the coming weeks, the program will expand to include other Virtua hospitals and extend to health conditions beyond COVID-19.

 

While each person’s plan-of-care will be specific to that individual, every participant will experience hospital-level care from home, including:

  • Twice-daily visits from Hospital at Home staff
  • Remote monitoring using a variety of Virtua-issued devices
  • Routine remote consultations with a physician or other licensed provider
  • Around-the-clock support from the Hospital at Home Command Center
  • Easy-to-heat nutritious meals, if requested
  • Relevant clinical and ancillary services that would otherwise be provided in the hospital, such as imaging, pharmacy, lab, and therapy

Not all patients are candidates for Hospital at Home and participation is optional.

 

“For several years, Virtua has challenged itself to orient to the consumer and transform its delivery models,” said Michael W. Capriotti, MBA, senior vice president of integration and strategic operations for Virtua Health. “With Hospital at Home, soon we will no longer require certain patient populations to come to the hospital. Instead, we will bring the hospital to them.”  

 

“The launch of Virtua Hospital at Home, when coupled with the multiyear partnership with Medtronic and our newly established academic affiliation with Rowan University, collectively speak to Virtua’s strategy to anticipate and prepare for the community’s care needs in the years ahead,” added Virtua Health President and CEO Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE. “At Virtua Health, we embrace innovation and reinvention while amplifying our capacity to be Here for Good.”

 

To learn more about Hospital at Home, visit virtua.org/services/hospital-at-home. For more information on Virtua’s response to COVID-19, including scheduling appointments for COVID testing or vaccination, visit virtua.org/services/covid19-updates.

 

About Virtua Health
Virtua Health is committed to helping the people of South Jersey be well, get well, and stay well by providing the complete spectrum of advanced, accessible, and trusted health care services. Virtua’s 14,000 colleagues provide tertiary care, including a renowned cardiology program, complemented by a community-based care portfolio. In addition to five hospitals, two satellite emergency departments, 28 ambulatory surgery centers, and more than 300 other locations, Virtua brings health services directly into communities through home health, rehabilitation, mobile screenings, and its paramedic program. Virtua has 2,850 affiliated doctors and other clinicians, and its specialties include orthopedics, advanced surgery, and maternity. Virtua is affiliated with Penn Medicine for cancer and neuroscience, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for pediatrics. As a not-for-profit, Virtua is committed to the well-being of the community and provides innovative outreach programs that address social challenges affecting health, most notably the “Eat Well” food access initiative, which includes the unparalleled Eat Well Mobile Grocery Store. A Magnet-recognized health system ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Virtua has received many awards for quality, safety, and its outstanding work environment. For more information, visit Virtua.org.

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