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Unity Health System Granted Approval to Create a Certified Home Health Agency

Unity Health System has been granted approval to create a Certified Home Health Agency.
 
In January 2012, the New York State Department of Health lifted a 19-year moratorium on creating Certified Home Health Agencies (CHHA), as part of its strategy to redesign health care delivery. Locally, the Finger Lakes Health System Agency (FLHSA) supported Unity’s application based on projections that Monroe County will see a 32% increase in the need for home care services by 2020.
 
Unity was the only agency in Monroe County that was granted approval. More than 140 applications were submitted; 27 were approved across the state.
 
“We are so pleased to have been granted the opportunity to provide this level of home care,” said Barb Gray, Vice President of Unity’s Home and Community Based Programs. “The creation of a CHHA will allow us to further our continuum of care for the aging and expand on being the largest and most well-known provider of quality aging services in the long term care arena.”
 
Unity projects serving 900 people in the first year of operations, growing to 5,000 by the end of the third year. Unity’s CHHA will begin operation in early 2013.

To view the article that appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle click the link below.
www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article
 
About Unity Health System
At Unity Health System you’ll find the friendliest and most compassionate people dedicated to providing the best possible health care experience. Key programs include our Joint Replacement Center, Family Birth Place, Spine Center, Diabetes Center, Stroke Center, Brain Injury & Physical Rehabilitation, and Chemical Dependency. Our Center for Aging has the area’s most comprehensive range of services for older adults which includes specialized care for dementia, a chronic ventilator unit, three skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, a short-stay transitional care center, home health services, adult day programs, and The Villages at Unity – an independent senior living community. ACM Medical Laboratory is a world leader of patient and clinical trials testing, with locations in western New York, York, England, and India, and lab partnerships across the globe.   Our shared commitment to delivering health care the way it should be is reflected in our overall employee and patient satisfaction ratings and quality outcomes. For more information, visit www.unityhealth.org.