Samaritan Medical Center soon will enter into a management agreement with HCA/Genesis Inc. to manage Genesis Home Health Care.
The change is part of efforts to reduce hospital admissions, a move that has been pushed by the federal Affordable Care Act.
With the emergence of health-care reform, theres a lot more attention thats going to be paid to non-hospital care, said Krista A. Kittle, hospital spokeswoman. All community locations really need to team together to ensure patients are taken care of.
Home health care, she said, will make sure people are getting care at home to make sure theyre well enough to not be hospitalized.
Genesis Home Health Cares 30 clients will be maintained, and new clients are welcome.
According to a Samaritan news release, the management agreement will remain in place until a final purchase agreement and certificate of need are approved by the state Department of Health. That process could take more than a year. Genesis Home Health Care then will become a Samaritan corporation and most likely will have a name change.
Until Thursday, Genesis was the last tenant in the Mercy Care Center of Northern New York building, 218 Stone St. Mercy closed earlier this month when Samaritan Summit Village opened, relocating some Mercy skilled-nursing residents there and therefore ending the receivership agreement Samaritan had with Mercy.
Samaritan had overseen Mercy for a little more than two years while the elder-care complex on Summit Drive was constructed.
Meanwhile, COR Development Co., Fayetteville, recently announced plans to demolish the Mercy buildings and redevelop the site. COR has invested millions of dollars in the Watertown area, developing the Towne Center shopping complex, which includes Target and Kohls department stores, as well as the 296-unit Beaver Meadow Apartments behind the shopping center on Route 3 in the town of Watertown.
Genesis Home Health Care offices have been relocated to 199 Pratt St., an office building on Samaritans main campus. The office number will remain the same at 782-0415.
In the news release, Samaritan Chief Executive Officer Thomas H. Carman said with the uncertain future of HCA/Genesis organization, we wanted to ensure that this service remains available and stable in the community.
As we look forward to the future of health care reform, home health care is now more than ever a critical service in the continuum of care provided in the community, he said in the release.
Ms. Kittle said as health care reform progresses, Samaritan will participate with other hospitals and health care organizations on collaborative efforts.