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Concordia Announces Partnership Agreement with Four Regional Hospitals to Provide Home Health in Southwestern Pennsylvania

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Contact: Shirley Freyer
Concordia Lutheran Ministries
Tel: 724-352-1571 x8266
sfreyer@concordialm.org

Concordia Announces Partnership Agreement with Four Regional Hospitals to Provide Home Health in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Jefferson Twp., PA - Officials at Concordia Lutheran Ministries, a Cabot, PA-based Senior Care Provider announced today the formation of a strategic joint venture between Concordia Visiting Nurses and Butler Health System, Heritage Valley Health System, St. Clair Hospital and Washington Health System. The strategic relationship will promote seamless transitions of care from the hospital to the home, thereby improving quality and cost effectiveness.

Concordia Visiting Nurses, a subsidiary of Concordia Lutheran Ministries is a comprehensive, Medicare/Medicaid-certified home health care organization serving more than 10,000 people annually in their own homes.  

“We are very excited to partner with these fine regional hospital systems,” said Martin J. Trettel, CEO of Concordia Visiting Nurses. “The partnership’s main focus is to provide quality care from the hospital to the home setting by offering skilled, wound and mental health nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy, medical social services and home health aides.”

Concordia Visiting Nurses also offers specialty services in the areas of Palliative Care, Spiritual Care, and Telehealth technology health monitoring equipment. Furthermore, Concordia’s Disease Management Services are available to those afflicted with Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease and Diabetes.  

Trettel adds that the hospitals’ physicians and other clinicians will be working closely with their counterparts at Concordia Visiting Nurses to provide exceptional care to patients.

“This new partnership will serve many people in their own homes right here in southwestern Pennsylvania with the benefits of quality home health care,” said Keith E. Frndak, CEO and President of Concordia Lutheran Ministries. “Our combined goal is to provide patient-centered care with a seamless transition from the hospital back into their home.”

“Strategic partnerships among successful, high quality providers are essential if independent organizations are going to continue to thrive in this ever-changing healthcare landscape,” said Ken DeFurio, President and CEO of Butler Health System, “We look forward to collaborating with these fine organizations to improve care together.”

“This relationship with Concordia Visiting Nurses and the other community health systems, demonstrates the willingness of locally owned and independent organizations to be able to work together to bring high quality, cost effective care to all people in the communities that we serve,” added Norm Mitry, President and CEO of Heritage Valley Health System.

“St. Clair Hospital and Concordia Visiting Nurses share the same mission and values for ensuring that our patients receive the highest quality of care following discharge from the Hospital,” said G. Alan Yeasted, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of St. Clair Hospital. “This joint venture will provide the right care, in the right setting, at the right time, and will prove extremely beneficial to the men and women who entrust us with their health. By integrating with one another and having our clinicians work side-by-side, we can enhance the care provided to our patients.”

“As our community properly holds us more accountable for a smooth transition from hospital to home, Washington Health System is pleased to partner with Concordia Visiting Nurses and several excellent community health systems to offer high quality home-based nursing and rehab services to local residents,”  stated Gary Weinstein, President and CEO of Washington Health System.

Concordia Visiting Nurses and all four new hospital partners are non-profit organizations and share a common mission for patient care.