Vermont Business Magazine In 2016, after analyzing its annual Community Health Needs Assessment, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH)’s Community Health Team hired an RN Vulnerable Populations Care Coordinator to be on site at the Groundworks Collaborative Drop In Center assisting clients experiencing homelessness with access to healthcare services. As the year progressed, a subsequent need was identified. Patients experiencing homelessness did not have a safe place to prepare for or recover from procedures and acute hospitalizations, such as wound care or colonoscopies. Working in partnership with Groundworks Collaborative, they created a respite bed at the shelter for clients in need.
Jodi Dodge, RN, BMH Director of Community Initiatives, explained the significance of the addition, “A respite bed is a stable, safe, supportive environment where individuals who have health care needs can stay to rest and recuperate, specifically when their health condition does not require a hospital admission. Having a respite bed exclusively for BMH-referred patients will allow our Care Management team to move them through the care system and enhance the ability for follow-up and coordination of care.”
Specific services provided through participation in the respite bed program include: access to the RN Vulnerable Population Care Coordinator services, including education, follow-up assistance, and advocacy; a secure, private room with proximity to the bathroom and fully equipped kitchen; a food package upon hospital discharge and ongoing food shelf support as needed; transportation from the hospital to the shelter and ongoing transportation coordination; comprehensive case management for housing and other services; and secure medication storage and dispensation.
Founded in 1904, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) is a licensed, 61-bed, not-for-profit community hospital located in southeastern Vermont, serving a rural population of about 55,000 people in 22 towns in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. The BMH medical staff includes board-certified providers in primary care and many other specialties, with a shared mission of providing exceptional health care delivered with compassion and respect. The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Health System includes the BMH Medical Group, a multispecialty group practice of primary care and specialty care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Over 110 active volunteers assist BMH’s 600 employees in caring for our community.
Source: December 19, 2017, (Brattleboro, VT) - BMH