According to a July 5 press release, Tampa General Hospital (TGH) announced a new partnership with Stuart, Fla., Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA), a home health agency. The two organizations will form TGH Home Care powered by VNA of Florida and aims to provide home care services to Tampa General patients and other members of the community.
The release states, “Home care is a variety of personal and skilled nursing services provided in the home to patients recovering from illness or injury or living with a chronic illness. TGH Home Care, powered by VNA of Florida, offers both personal care and home nursing services, including home health aides, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, chronic disease management, medico- social etc.
Additionally, “A patient’s return to the comfort of home begins at the hospital, where a TGH Home Care nurse powered by VNA of Florida meets with the patient and family to learn about their environment and needs. in care. The nurse will directly access important information to facilitate the patient’s return home with all the services and equipment necessary for recovery.
TGH Home Care, powered by VNA of Florida, will serve patients in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, Hardee and Highlands counties regardless of which hospital they are discharged from. Additionally, if patients are traveling for their care, the VNA has seven locations throughout the state of Florida.
Adam Smith, Executive Vice President and Director of Ambulatory Care, Tampa General, was quoted in the statement as saying that “Through TGH Home Care powered by VNA of Florida, patients will have the choice to stay with our care network for the services they need while continuing to recover in the comfort of their home. Remaining within Tampa General means our patients can make a smooth and safer transition back to their homes. They remain our patients, which means that ‘they can more easily access the combined resources of an academic medical center and an experienced home care agency, which supports improving quality, outcomes and the overall patient experience.’ adding a new service such as Home Care will help us move forward in achieving our vision to be the safest and most innovative university healthcare system in America.