Oswego Hospital Closing Home Aide Service

Oswego Health press release:

Oswego Health announces the closure of its licensed home care agency Home Aide Service for Oswego County.

To support both clients and staff, Oswego Health is collaborating with area licensed home care agencies to complete this transition. The service will close on August 1, 2011.

Home Aide Services for Oswego County was opened in 1978 to fill an unmet need for home aide services in Oswego County.  Since then many changes have taken place over the last 33 years. Today there are 38 licensed home care agencies in Oswego County and many are able to accept new patients.

“This decision was not arrived at easily and we very much appreciate the willingness of the area licensed agencies to support the transition of home aide services,” said Ann Gilpin, Oswego Health President and CEO.  “Clients will be allowed to select the organization of their preference and we will support the clients and their families through this transition. Our Human Resource Department will work with staff for alternative opportunities,” she added.

The change will help create a consolidated, stronger and more efficient home aide program in Oswego County while allowing Oswego Health to continue growing acute care services.  Oswego Health has been in a constant state of growth and reorganization since the New York State Department of Health named Oswego Hospital the “coverage partner” following the closure of A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital and most recently receiving “sole hospital provider” status from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The collaboration between Oswego Health and area licensed home care agencies will strengthen health services for the future. More specifically, this plan allows each organization to concentrate on its core competencies to maintain the highest level of service while generating economies of scale that ensure these services are available in Oswego County.

The Oswego Health system will be working with its home aide clients and the contract agencies, such as Oswego County’s Office for the Aging, to assist them through the transition of securing a new home care provider.

The closure of Home Aide Service for Oswego County will not have an impact on Oswego Health’s Hospitals Home Health Care service, the only hospital-based certified home health care agency in Oswego County.  Hospitals Home Health Care will continue to provide skilled nursing, therapy and personal care services.

The Oswego Healthcare System includes Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, as well as health services centers in Mexico, Parish and Phoenix. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.