St. John’s Medical Center is now offering home health services in Sublette County, Wyoming, providing in-home care to patients. In January, 2014, Malenda Hoelscher, administrator of Sublette County Rural Healthcare, asked St. John's to provide home care and hospice for Sublette County. Ms. Hoelscher stated, "I am confident that this service will be long felt, not only in the reduction of readmissions, but in the long-standing collaborative relationship our counties have enjoyed."
Typical patients requiring home care include those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, cancer, orthopaedic injuries, or recent surgeries. Being treated at home helps prevent unnecessary emergency room visits and readmissions. Under the leadership of Joy Bauer, RN, a long-time St. John's Medical Center nurse and Daisy Award winner, home health services include skilled nursing care as well as help with daily living by CNAs (certified nursing assistants). St. John's is working with ProActive Rehabilitation to provide patients with physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. St. John's accepts Medicare, Medicaid, insurance, and private pay for home care services. For information on home care services, please call 739 7431.
Hospice is also offered in Sublette County, providing enhanced care for patients nearing the end of life as well as support for families and loved ones. St. John's is seeking volunteers to help with the program. Trainings for volunteers will be held on all four Saturdays in October. For more information, please call 307 739 7467.