Presbyterian Homes Expanding Services At Westminster

Business  First by David A. Mann, Reporter Date: Friday, August 3, 2012, 3:01pm  EDT - Last Modified: Friday, August 3, 2012, 3:11pm EDT   Presbyterian Homes and Services of Kentucky Inc. is scheduled to begin construction Monday on a new transitional-care unit at Westminster Health Care Centre, at the corner of Bardstown Road and Buechel Bank Road. The new unit, which will be within the existing structure, will have nine private suites, five semi-private rooms and a therapy gym. Construction on the 8,000 square foot unit is expected to be completed in about six weeks. It's an approximately $150,000 investment for Presbyterian Homes, according to Julie Garrison, director of community relations. Organization officials hope the new unit will help reduce hospital re-admissions through education and advanced therapies offered there. For instance, Garrison said, when a heart failure patient is discharged from the hospital to the facility, they often need close monitoring upon discharge to make sure they are taking their medications correctly, following dietary restrictions and monitoring their weight. Staff will be trained in educating patients on conditions, such as heart failure, heart attacks, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. They also will provide treatment for bariatric patients — an service line identified as needed in this area. “Early intervention and prevention of complications or disease exacerbation require transparency between providers,” Craig Jennings, executive director of Presbyterian Homes of Louisville, said in a news release. “We are becoming more proactive rather than reactive to managing the elderly and chronic illness. This puts us on the right path." Presbyterian Homes of Louisville offers numerous senior-living communities. Westminster Terrace provides independent and assisted living. Its Rose Anna Hughes Home, located on the same campus, provides assisted living and personal care; and Westminster Health Care Centre provides short-term rehabilitation and skilled long-term nursing. They are a part of Presbyterian Homes and Services of Kentucky Inc., which also has locations in Elizabethtown, Pikeville, and Phelps, Ky. David A. Mann covers these beats: Health care, health insurance, distribution/logistics (UPS), manufacturing (GE, Ford), environment, travel, minority/women’s affairs and Southern Indiana.