WellSpan partnering with Pleasant Acres

Katherine Ranzenberger
  • The new initiative would transition patients from the hospital to the nursing home to their own home.
  • Patients will stay at Pleasant Acres for up to 90 days.
  • The initiative is supposed to start in September.

WellSpan York Hospital and the York County Board of Commissioners announced Wednesday a partnership to improve the safe and timely discharge of patients from the hospital to a nursing care facility.

The partnership will allow WellSpan York Hospital to place up to six patients who no longer need hospital care but are not yet ready to be discharged into Pleasant Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 375-bed facility run by the county.

“This partnership provides an important bridge in care by helping residents transition seamlessly from the hospital into a community-based setting,” York County Commissioner Doug Hoke said in a news release. “Residents will continue to receive the medical care they need while also benefiting from the support and recreational resources that have made Pleasant Acres our area’s premier skilled nursing facility.”

Pleasant Acres Nursing Home is shown in York on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (Dawn J. Sagert - The York Dispatch)

At least six of the 375 beds in the facility will be leased to York Hospital to serve as a short-term placement for the patients while their affairs are sorted out, according to the release. Issues that require sorting out can include guardianship, financial obstacles or safe discharge plans.

Patients can stay at Pleasant Acres for up to 90 days while the issues are resolved so they are safe without remaining in the hospital, which could cause an increased expense for the patient, officials said.

“Working together, we are committed to improving the patient experience and providing safe, coordinated and community-based care,” said Keith Noll, the senior vice president for WellSpan Health and president of WellSpan York Hospital, in a news release. “Our goal with this program is to provide patients with the right care, at the right time, in the most appropriate environment.”

WellSpan York Hospital. (Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

The program is supposed to last 18 months, with WellSpan providing funding for a social worker and a Pleasant Acres clinical liaison to work on patient care. York Hospital will provide case management support, access to clinical programs and health information needed for the collaboration.

“Partnering with organizations like WellSpan is an important part of improving our community’s overall quality of life,” Hoke said. “These types of connections help strengthen the fabric of services available to our residents by leveraging the core competencies of each organization.”

The initiative is supposed to launch in September, according to WellSpan officials.

— Reach Katherine Ranzenberger at kranzenberger@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDKatherine.