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Alana HealthCare aligns with The HealthCare Center at West Meade Place to Cut Respiratory Readmissions

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Nashville, TN – On Monday July 15, 2013, Alana HealthCare and The HealthCare Center at West Meade Place (“West Meade Place”) opened a new patient-centered respiratory unit that will leverage each organization’s respective successes in reducing 30-day hospital readmissions for high acuity respiratory patients.

Nashville-based Alana HealthCare launched its home-based respiratory health management program, Comprehensive Respiratory Outcome Management (CROM™), in early 2012. Designed to reduce the largest cost drivers in the COPD paradigm—hospitalizations and readmissions—CROM™ has cut each by as much as 62% and 73%, respectively. The program has taken hold across Tennessee and surrounding states as one of the few interventions available for patients living with chronic respiratory failure proven to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and readmissions, and resulting in tremendous cost savings for patients and the health care system.

Opening the CROM™ Unit at West Meade Place will bring these successes to Nashville-area patients that are not yet able to care for themselves in the home. “Skilled nursing facilities are uniquely suited to play a key role in today’s health care landscape,” says West Meade Administrator, James Wright. Thus far, West Meade Place has maintained a 0% readmission rate FY2013. “Often times patients will remain in the hospital following a procedure or incident longer than necessary, increasing costs through inappropriate length of stay, while others might be discharged into the home before they are able to care for themselves, resulting in a direct readmission. Our facility specializes in meeting the transitional care needs of these patients. Bringing Alana’s CROM™ program to West Meade Place will open up new opportunities for hospitals to reduce readmissions and length-of-stay for their high-acuity respiratory patients.”

The CROM™ Transitional Care Unit at West Meade Place will pair the skilled nursing facility’s existing clinical expertise in rehabilitation with in-house CROM™ respiratory therapists to create a stable and comfortable environment for patients living with COPD, neuromuscular disorders and other forms of chronic respiratory failure. Alana’s respiratory therapists will educate patients about their disease and how to best manage it, equip them with the most appropriate and effective therapies available, and offer complex case management services that eventually transition patients safely into their homes. According to Zach Gantt, RRT, Alana’s Senior Vice President of Health Management Services, “This partnership is about putting the time, energy and resources into patient care on the front-end and building a strong foundation for greater patient independence and self-management. Our partnership with West Meade Place allows us to work alongside their great clinicians to help a larger number of patients under one roof,” stated Gantt.

This relationship will bring an outcome-driven model of respiratory care into a top-notch facility seeking more patient-centered solutions. Theresa Jarvis, RN is the Director of Nursing for West Meade Place. “In the coming decade the baby boomer generation will require better and more health care. By creating innovative relationships with companies like Alana, we can provide our patients with long-term solutions that offer measurable outcomes.”

For more information, contact Dov Hirsch, Vice President of Corporate Communications.
Phone: 615-375-1094, Ext. 362
Email: Communications@AlanaHealthCare.com