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2006: Award-Winning CNS Home Health & Hospice Nurses
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Award-Winning CNS Home Health & Hospice Nurses

Provide Care Even When They Are Not There
Tool Provides Real Time Snapshot of Patient Condition

Winfield, Ill., November 6, 2006 – CNS Home Health & Hospice, a not-for-profit affiliate of Central DuPage Hospital (CDH), is proud to announce the launch of its telemedicine program for their patients.

“This service is an enhancement to the nursing visits that are already being made to the home,” says Executive Director Sue Levitt. “Similar to when the vitals signs are taken regularly during a hospital stay, telemedicine provides the home health nurses a more consistent flow of vital patient information.”

The equipment provided by Honeywell HomMed® consists of a monitor with a variety of attachments. The unit looks like a transistor radio and weighs less than two pounds. Each multi-lingual unit has a custom-designed pressure cuff that can be easily positioned with one hand.  The unit also comes with a non-invasive finger sensor which measures heart rate and oxygen saturation. In addition there is a digital scale which allows for accurate weight measurement up to 500 pounds.

Each day at the same time, the home health patient is notified by the monitor—in their preferred language—to follow simple directions: to step on the scale, take their own blood pressure and other simple medical monitoring tasks.  The results of these vital sign tests and answers to individualized simple questions are sent via phone line to a nurse at CNS Home Health & Hospice in Carol Stream who monitors incoming patient information daily.

That monitoring nurse may identify subtle changes in patient information that could lead to a call to the patient, a determination that the patient needs additional care, or an accelerated home visit.

Marcia Musgrove, manager of Program Development states, “With this system, we can assess and clinically manage our patients seven days a week. Patients and their families appreciate the sense of security knowing their health is monitored daily.”

Presently CNS is launching 55 monitors in homes of patients who have chronic illness such as congestive heart failure or other cardiac diseases. The product is loaned to the patient and is in the home until he or she is feeling better and has learned to manage their own care and recognize signs and symptoms of clinical changes.  Nurses will work with patients through the whole process, providing hands on care and health education, with the goal of empowering patients to take greater responsibility for their own care. 

In October, CNS Home and Hospice was designated one of the “HomeCare Elite” by Outcome Concept Systems, the keepers of the nation’s most comprehensive set of integrated measures spanning clinical outcomes, financial performance, resource utilization, patient satisfaction and operational indicators for home health, hospice and private duty agencies. CNS was selected for the inaugural year of this award for being in the top 25% of home care agencies in the nation for quality improvement and financial performance.

About CNS Home Health & Hospice
CNS Home Health & Hospice is a not-for-profit affiliate of Central DuPage Hospital, serving patients since 1958. Servicing DuPage, Will, Kane, McHenry, DeKalb, Lake and western Cook counties, they deliver full-service home care programs to assist families with acute healthcare needs. The professional staff includes nurses, therapists, chaplains, social workers, volunteers and bereavement counselors. Home health services are often covered under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and most commercial insurers.  For more information contact 630-665-7000 or visit www.cnshomehealth.org.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. It is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer minimally invasive heart surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County. A partnership with Children’s Memorial Hospital (www.CMHatCDH.org) provides children in the suburbs west of Chicago access to the pediatric and neonatal specialists of Children’s Memorial.

In 2005, Central DuPage Hospital was named one of the Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the country by Solucient, a nationally respected resource for evaluating health care performance. It has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades for the quality of its Stroke Care and Patient Safety.

The hospital is an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information visit www.cdh.org.

Media Contact:
CDH Public Relations
Amy Jo Steinbruecker