Continuing Care Hospital Expands, Adds 10 Beds for Chronically Critically Ill Patients
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Lexington, Ky. (April 1, 2013)— Due to increased demand for care, Continuing Care Hospital (CCH), part of KentuckyOne Health, has expanded with the addition of ten beds at Saint Joseph Hospital.
CCH is a long-term acute care hospital with locations at Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph Hospital. It operates as a “hospital within a hospital,” and provides care to medically complex and chronically critically ill patients who need an average of 25 days of acute care. The expansion will increase the number of CCH beds available at the Saint Joseph Hospital location from 15 to 25. CCH has 30 beds at Saint Joseph East.
CCH receives referrals from hospitals in central and southeastern Kentucky. The majority of the time, however, there is a waiting list for patients to be admitted. The expansion of CCH will allow medically complex patients to move to an area where they will receive the specialized care they need as well as open up critical care beds at other hospitals.
“This expansion will allow us to meet the growing demand for long-term acute care in central and southeastern Kentucky,” said Tonja Williams, president and CEO, Continuing Care Hospital. “With more space, we will be able to care for chronically critically ill patients in the award-winning, specialized environment at CCH.”
The goal of the specialized care provided by CCH is to improve the patients’ health so they can transition to home or a lower level of care and prevent the need for readmission to a hospital in a very short period of time.
In 2012, CCH was the only long-term acute care facility to receive the Kentucky Hospital Association’s Quality Award. The awards recognize hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety, and commitment in patient care. CCH was honored for patient safety and quality initiatives that were integrated into the facilities’ culture, and for achieving quality goals.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 3,100 licensed beds.