Drop in funds closes Home Health service at Brady’s hospital

Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital administrator Windell McCord announced Wednesday that the Home Health Agency division located in the hospital would be closing its doors and discontinuing its services. The program has provided skilled nursing care, personal care assistance, physical therapy, occupational therapy and social services for home bound patients. Over the past few years a decrease in demand has significantly impacted the size and profitability of the program. At one time three years ago, the program contributed more than $200,000 in annual revenue to the hospital. The board of directors of the HOTMH decided in an executive meeting last Thursday that closing the program was the decision that was in the best interest of the hospital as a whole. “The board made the decision due to problems with reimbursement from Medicare as well as a lack of patients,” said McCord. “Two years ago, there were seven home health care agencies in Brady. Now there is only going to be one.” The Home Health Agency at the hospital employed four individuals, and according to McCord, the hospital hopes to be able to retain the employment of those individuals in other disciplines. “This department has gone from 17 employees two years ago down to four,” said McCord. “The department has had trouble financially and the board made the decision based upon the numbers.” McCord stated that all current patients were being transferred to other services and and should be completed by the end of this week.

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