by Sam Sentelle
Shorter hospital stays, changes in rehab services
February 20, 2018
Hospital stays are not as long as they were a few short years ago, Cindy Farley told Putnam Rotarians today. With changes in insurance and health care costs, “you don’t get to stay there very long anymore,” she said. “As soon as you are not acutely ill anymore, they’re looking to discharge you either home or to a skilled nursing facility.” That’s a nursing home. And the demand for temporary transitional care has brought about changes in recent years.
“This is not your grandmother’s nursing home anymore,” Farley said.. “We now take care of critically ill people straight out of the hospital. And a portion of our centers are dedicated to that. “We have our own rehabilitation services,” she said. “We have our own company which provides us with physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy —
as well as contracting out to others.”
People once came to nursing homes to spend the rest of their lives. “Nowadays that doesn’t happen so much.” From her base in Scott Depot, Farley is a vice president for Genesis HealthCare, serving as a resource advisor and facilitator for West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. In a few short years, Genesis has become the largest provider of skilled nursing, long-term health care and assisted living in the United States. “We have over 60,000 employees and over 800,000 beds,” she told her Rotary audience today. “West Virginia runs about 90 percent occupancy. “We have more than 450 facilities in 30 states and 200 specialty units. We have our own physicians and nurse practitioners.” Through the Genesis web site (genesishcc.com), people are able to access visual tours and contact most of the corporation sites. “When we receive a patient from a hospital,” said Farley, “we have looked at their clinical information and we are confident that we will have the things in the center when they get there so we will be able to care for them.”
Nurse Farley supervises seventeen hospital liaison nurse practitioners in her three-state area. “We have them in the major hospitals in this area.” she said. “We have them in CAMC, St. Francis and Thomas.to process referrals to our centers. “We have 34 centers in West Virginia. We have two centers in Putnam County,” Farley added. “The Putnam Center is behind the CAMC Teays Hospital, and the Teays Valley Center is on North Poplar Fork Road. “You will see a unit at the Putnam Center that is dedicated to short-stay people. People are not going there to live; they want to go back home. And we want them to be rehabilitated so they can get back home. “That’s the wave of the future,” said Farley.