Hearthstone Communities and Centegra Health System have formed a partnership to provide patient care services as the two organizations continue to lead the way in preparing for the future of healthcare and its reform. Last week, Hearthstone Communities in Woodstock began managing the 30-bed sub-acute rehabilitation unit at Centegra Specialty Hospital-Woodstock, South Street.
The facility will be renamed Hearthstone at Centegra. Hearthstone has been a Woodstock Senior Living Provider for more than 120 years. Don Babbitt will be the leader of the unit for Hearthstone. He has nearly 20 years of clinical management experience and earned degrees in administrative medicine and healthcare administration from the University of Wisconsin.
“Healthcare reform and technological advancements are changing the delivery of healthcare,” said Michael S. Eesley, chief executive officer of Centegra Health System. “We are always looking at the needs of the communities we serve, analyzing the best ways to provide area residents with the access to care they need, all the while being mindful of the future of healthcare. Centegra and Hearthstone share the values of genuine respect, passionate care and integrity and have both served the needs of the community for many years.”
Terry Egan, president and chief executive officer of Hearthstone Communities, said, “Hearthstone has served the older adults and children of McHenry County for more than 120 years. Centegra has been an outstanding supporter of our services for many of those years so this is a natural partnership that we are excited to announce.”
Eesley added, “Centegra remains committed to providing the community with exceptional care and service. We are vested in the communities we serve and remain the largest employer in McHenry County. This partnership will support strong and viable healthcare for the future in our community.”
Hearthstone at Centegra will provide sub-acute care, a level of nursing care often required for patients who need a more intense level of skilled nursing care after a medical or surgical hospital visit. These patients are frequently medically fragile and may require special services including physical rehabilitation after joint replacement surgery, intravenous medications and tube feedings, improved management of chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, and complex wound management.
About Hearthstone Communities
Hearthstone Communities includes not for profit, faith-based charitable organizations devoted to serving children and seniors. The Hearthstone Senior Living Community and the Hearthstone Early Learning Center are located on a 15-acre campus in Woodstock. They are committed to providing hope, healing and purposeful living to every older adult in the community. For more information on Hearthstone Communities, visit www.hearthstonewoodstock.org or call 815-338-2110.
About Centegra Health System
Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Physician Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and more. As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information on Centegra Health System visit centegra.org, search Centegra Health System on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).