Lakeland Regional Health and BayCare HomeCare Aim to Improve Home Care Access in Polk County

LAKELAND, Fla., Jan. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Two of the region's most respected health care providers have joined forces to improve access to high-quality post-acute care for Polk County patients. Effective December 1, 2021, Lakeland Regional Health purchased a minority interest in BayCare HomeCare, Inc. In Polk County, BayCare HomeCare services will be known as BayCare HomeCare/Lakeland Regional Health. The potential benefits of this type of care coordination between the two organizations include improved patient communications, reduced readmission rates and more effective discharge planning.
Lakeland Regional Health and BayCare HomeCare Aim to Improve Home Care Access in Polk County
"We are excited to join with BayCare HomeCare in Polk County to expand and strengthen access to post-acute care within our community," says Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, President and CEO, Lakeland Regional Health. "Patients will greatly benefit from this arrangement as it will improve and streamline the transition from hospital to home health care. By working with BayCare HomeCare for these services, we believe we can improve care delivery at a much faster pace than by pursuing on our own."BayCare HomeCare has provided in-home care and support services for decades, including serving many patients in the Lakeland community upon their discharge from the hospital. BayCare HomeCare is one of the largest providers of home care services in Florida, serving 13 counties along the state's west coast. BayCare HomeCare is in the top quartile in the country for quality and safety and has been able to dramatically reduce readmissions through innovative approaches, such as remote monitoring of patients. In addition to Lakeland Regional Health, Community Health Corporation a?? a related entity to Sarasota Memorial Hospital -- also owns a minority interest in BayCare HomeCare. The new relationship between Lakeland Regional Health and BayCare HomeCare includes in home services. These services include home health, video supported remote monitoring, respiratory equipment and support, durable medical equipment and home infusion service.
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