Homecare Nurse Practitioner Makes 10,000th Patient Visit
Appointed to serve on Illinois Older Adult Services Advisory Committee
WINFIELD, Ill., November 9, 2007 — Nationally recognized HomeCare Physicians (HCP) of Wheaton, Ill. is an award-winning medical house call program comprised of two full-time physicians and one nurse practitioner who specialize in providing state-of-the-art medical care exclusively to homebound patients. Nurse Practitioner Ancy Zacharia, RN, MSN, GNP, joined this ensemble in December 1999 and recently celebrated making her 10,000th home visit.
In October of 2007, Zacharia was appointed to Illinois’ Older Adult Services Advisory Committee by Director of Illinois Department on Aging Charles Johnson. Zacharia will be representing Illinois Nurse Practitioners.
“Ancy has made a difference in countless lives in the seven years she has been with us,” says Founder and Medical Director Dr. Tom Cornwell. “She has allowed us to extend our care over three hundred miles.” In October of 2006 the practice celebrated its 50,000th home visit, treating elderly and disabled patients who often cannot get to a physician’s office on their own without great difficulty.
HCP doctors travel daily throughout the region surrounding Central DuPage Hospital to treat homebound patients and save them costly and unnecessary ambulance trips, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and premature nursing home placement. Zacharia makes an average of six house calls a day.
Zacharia received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from R A K College, India in 1993. She completed her masters of science in nursing with a specialty in gerontological nursing at Rush University in Chicago. Zacharia’s academic distinction and proven clinical excellence were recognized at Rush in 1998 with the Professional Nursing Staff Academic Award and the Emma Twigg Award, which are given to the outstanding geriatric nurse annually. She became a certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in 1999.
The mission of HCP is to provide quality primary care to the homebound to improve their quality of life and the lives of their caregivers. This care reduces healthcare costs by preventing unnecessary ambulance trips, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and nursing home placements. HomeCare Physicians’ territory includes all of DuPage County and bordering communities. HCP has made more than 50,000 house calls to more than 4,000 homebound patients. For more information about HomeCare Physicians, visit www.homecarephysicians.org or call (630) 933-4CDH.
About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. It is the third most active hospital in Illinois performing total joint replacements. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer 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.
Recently, CDH was recognized by U.S. News & World Report on the list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category.
The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care 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 or to find a doctor on the medical staff of CDH, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4234 (4CDH).
Amy Jo Steinbruecker
Central DuPage Hospital