Springfield & Western MA Community Partners
Holyoke / Springfield & Western MA Partners
- Health New England
- LifePath, Inc.
- Porchlight VNA/Home Care
- Valley Medical Group
- 456 Care Provider Organizations: Members of the Western MA Transitions in Care Cross Continuum; sponsored by Baystate Health
Health New England
Rebecca Starr, MD, Medical Director Medicare Advantage
Jennifer Loranger, Medicare Project & Operations Manager
Health New England is a non-profit health plan serving members in Massachusetts. Their mission is “to improve the health and lives of individuals, while being deeply committed to and closely connected with our neighborhoods.” They offer a range of health plans to meet the needs of both individuals and employer groups. Located in Worcester, Health New England serves Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties in Western Massachusetts and Worcester County. Health New England’s Care Management programs help members facing long-term health challenges. Experienced case managers and care coordinators provide education and support to members to stay informed and healthy.
“At LifePath, we listen first, and then help each person find the best options for their unique needs,” says Andrea Baker RN BS Nurse Manager. LifePath helps elders and persons with disabilities maintain independence and quality of life in their own homes and communities. They help busy caregivers to find relief and help loved ones to choose the right path. LifePath, Inc., is an Area Agency on Aging and Aging Services Access Point. For over 40 years, they have offered options for independence to adults in Franklin County, plus Athol, Petersham, Phillipston, and Royalston in Worcester County. Additionally, Adult Family Care, Personal Care Attendant, and SHINE serve Hampshire County and parts or all of Hampden County, and Elder Protective Services and Personal Care Attendant serve Berkshire County.
“At Porchlight, we believe care should be given where you’re most comfortable-in your own home, where life is as you know it,” says Holly Chaffee, President & CEO. Porchlight VNA/ Home Care is well-respected for their long standing 100 year commitment to serving adults in western Massachusetts. They provide short term and long-term care in your home and comprehensive resources for all home health needs, including: skilled nursing, therapies, 24-hour care, social work, maternal and child health. With offices in Lee and Chicopee, they offer compassionate and person-centered care to adults in Berkshire, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties. Porchlight VNA is a free-standing non-profit and serves as the Board of Health for several towns in Berkshire County and regularly conducts community education and engagement programs. Porchlight VNA is rated five stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). They have received several HomeCare Elite™ Awards of Excellence and MA Department of Public Health deficiency-free surveys demonstrating their commitment to quality and safety. Porchlight Home Care is an Accredited Agency by The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.
Valley Medical Group (VMG) is committed to supporting and educating our patients as they consider serious illness and end-of-life options for health care.
The VMG Advance Care Planning Committee is working to further this initiative. Goals include:
· Provide educational resources for patients about advance care decisions and options.
· Encourage completing Health Care Proxy forms beginning at age 18; add completed forms to the patient’s electronic medical record (EMR).
· Introduce discussion about the MOLST at annual wellness visits beginning at age 65 or with chronic or life-threatening illness and add completed forms into the patient’s EMR.
· Support and educate primary care providers in the delivery of meaningful communication with their patients about serious illness and end-of-life decision-making.
456 Provider Organizations of the Western MA Transitions Care Cross Continuum
Western MA Transitions in Care Cross Continuum (TICCC), sponsored by Baystate Health is an Alliance/Community Partner.
TICCC's 456 member organizations are part of the Honoring Choices network. The members have access to the "Who's Your Agent?" Program and Tools Kit to actively engage adults in effective health care planning discussions and connect adults to person-centered care in their community. We work with the TICCC on several projects including training some of their members as Honoring Choices Champions, and collaborating on National Health Care Decisions Month. On September 19, 2017, they will be hosting the third in a series of MOLST: Meeting the Challenge Workshop for Western MA care providers.