Home health service sold

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Owensboro company expands its service area

By Sarah Bennett

An Owensboro-based home health-care provider has moved into the Hardin County area after acquiring Lincoln Trail Home Health’s licenses.

Community Home Health Care is one of nine groups that bid on Lincoln Trail Health Department’s home health branch, said Sara Jo Best, health department director.

Community Home Health ultimately secured the licenses and has been providing its services to the area for about two months, said Terri Mattingly, regional director of sales and marketing.

“We’re very pleased to be in the Lincoln Trail area,” Mattingly said Friday.

The home health provider is serving the seven-county area previously covered by the health department, which coversBreckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade and Washington counties, according to a news release.

Mattingly said all Lincoln Trail Home Health patients were offered a choice to continue with Community Home Health or choose another provider.

In April, former LTHD Director Linda Sims said nearly 200 patients were enrolled in the home health program on a monthly basis, many received multiple visits each month.

According to Mattingly, the majority of these patients are continuing with Community Home Health.

The health care provider has been serving the Owensboro area for more than 30 years, Mattingly said. It now has stations in Elizabethtown and Lebanon, she said.

According to a news release, Community Home Health’s services include nursing — aide and physical — occupational and speech therapy.

“Often times these supports in the home can prevent or decrease hospital, rehab and nursing facility stays,” the company said. “Early intervention, education and supports in the home also can prevent worsening of a disease or illness.”

The provider currently has about 10 nurses serving the Lincoln Trail area as well as several aides and therapists, she said. As the service continues to grow, Mattingly said additional personnel may be needed.

Lincoln Trial Health Department began seeking buyers for its home health branch earlier this year after noticing diminishing returns and significant increases in costs, officials said. The department offered the program for more than 30 years.

According to Best, few health departments in Kentucky still manage home health branches.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at 270-505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.