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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Mahmood Shahlapour, Dignity Health

Dr. Mahmood Shahlapour is a hospitalist with Pioneer Hospitalist Group, working with the Dignity Health network out of Mercy Gilbert Hospital in Chandler, Arizona. Two years ago, he was introduced to Dignity Health Home Recovery Care, a program that transfers eligible patients home to receive hospital-level care.  He recalls it was a paradigm shift: “I was kind of skeptical—and not sure how the transition would [work] from inpatient to taking care of patients at home. There were a lot of questions.”  But he says he believes in always giving new programs a try. “I remember my very first patient.  She…

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Understanding the Scope of Palliative Care

Palliative care is commonly approached by providers as a solution to initiate at or near the end of a patient’s life. Often, the focus of care for chronic and complex illnesses becomes how to mitigate the disease process itself, but not always how to manage its impact on activities of daily living. In other words, “fixing” a disease process sometimes overshadows living with a disease, until the negative effects can no longer be ignored, and the cure is acknowledged as unlikely. The fundamental root of palliative care is to change that. A new understanding of palliative care Increasingly, it is…

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Why People Living with Dementia Do Better With Care at Home

There really is no place like home for the more than six million Americans living with dementia. These individuals face memory loss and other cognitive barriers that are severe enough to interfere with daily life, both in familiar and unfamiliar environments. This is why a trip to the hospital can turn someone living with dementia’s world upside down, often leading to delirium, functional decline, and distress.  With the number of people aged 65 and older diagnosed with dementia expected to increase to 12.7 million by 2050, our healthcare system faces a tremendous challenge in treating these patients. A report published…

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“Why go to the hospital when you can get care at home?”

Sometimes you just have a sense that a medical problem is getting too serious to ignore, and that was the case for William. “I had a serious infection in my hand,” the 84-year-old shares. With a history of atrial fibrillation and diabetes, he says, “I told my wife, that infection level gets too bad, it’s liable to do something to my heart, and my sugar, and I got scared.”  That prompted William and his wife of 60 years, Judy, to head to the emergency room at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center near their home in Chandler, Arizona. “They said it’s a…

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Position Spotlight: Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner

Wednesday has been a palliative care nurse practitioner (NP) with Contessa since December 2021. She earned her BSN from NYU and her MSN from Hunter Bellevue Graduate School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse for 15 years before becoming a nurse practitioner. She worked as an inpatient nurse at NYU Langone for two years and at VNSNY Home Care Infusion/CHHA for 8 years; she also held a position as a Field Nurse Supervisor, and most recently worked in palliative nursing and research before transitioning to an NP role.  What does a palliative care nurse practitioner do at Contessa?  A…

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“I think you feel better and get healthier sooner.”

Chest discomfort and shortness of breath landed David in the emergency room at Hershey Medical Center. “I thought I was having a heart attack,” he says. “It turns out it was more of an anxiety attack.” Congestive heart failure was to blame for his symptoms, and he needed IV medications and continued care.   Within a couple of hours of his arrival in the ER, David was offered the opportunity to finish his course of treatment at home with the Penn State Health Home Recovery Care program. “When they came to me with the proposal to go home, the smile on…

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Amedisys, Contessa Team Up With University Of Arkansas To Offer In-Home Care Services

Home Health Care News, October 11, 2022 Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) and Contessa Health are teaming up with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to offer at-home care services to patients in Central Arkansas. The parties involved announced a joint venture this week that will allow Contessa and Amedisys to deliver care across the full continuum in the home in a new region. Click here to read the full article.

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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Announces a Partnership with Amedisys and Contessa, Creating a Comprehensive Care at Home Suite of Services

The partnership is the first-of-its-kind in the region and creates a new care at home option for patients, including Recovery Care at Home, Rehabilitation Care at Home, Palliative Care at Home, Primary Care at Home and Home Health Little Rock, Ark. and Nashville, Tenn. – October 11, 2022 – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED), a leading health care at home company, and Contessa, an Amedisys company and the leading comprehensive care at home provider, announced a partnership bringing a new care at home option to Central Arkansas. The joint venture offers patients a full…

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How Contessa Solves 4 Key Issues Hospital Systems Face Today

Hospital systems are facing enormous pressures in a post-COVID environment. The past two years have seen major challenges in decreasing the cost of care, increasing revenue, managing staffing constraints and addressing shifting consumer demands. In the same way that the rest of the world has adapted to the many changes that the COVID pandemic introduced, the delivery of healthcare is evolving as well.  In rising to meet these challenges, novel approaches are necessary. Thankfully, hospital systems who turn to a partnership with Contessa find a source of innovative solutions for these key issues that hospital systems face today. Having Contessa…

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Position Spotlight: Clinical Director of Care Management

Annie grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Nashville in 2014. She first worked as a nurse at Vanderbilt while attending graduate school at Belmont University. Following that, she worked as a hospitalist nurse practitioner prior to joining Contessa in June of 2020, where she serves as the Clinical Director of Care Management.   She is married to her husband Jordan, who is a songwriter, and has a 1.5-year-old daughter and 2 dogs. She and her husband love traveling, music and anything outdoors.   What does a clinical director of care management do at Contessa? I assist with overall clinical strategy across…

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