NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TripleCare, a national provider of telemedicine-based healthcare services to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), announced today that the Company has entered into an agreement to provide virtual telemedicine services to three Wisconsin Illinois Senior Housing Inc. (WISH) skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) managed by Lakewood, Colo.-based Carriage Healthcare Companies, Inc. (CHC).
Effective early 2018, TripleCare will introduce services to one SNF in Illinois, and two in Wisconsin, marking the Company’s entry into that state. The three SNF facilities and locations are:
- Montello Care Center, a 50-bed facility located at 251 Forest Lane, Montello, WI 53949, 608-297-2153
- Edgerton Care Center, a 61-bed facility located at 313 Stoughton Road, Edgerton, WI 53534, 608-884-1330
- Fair Oaks Health Care Center, a 51-bed facility located at 471 W. Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014, 815-455-0550
Each location is owned by WISH and managed by CHC, a multi-state operator of SNFs, assisted living facilities, independent living facilities and home health agencies, primarily in rural communities.
TripleCare’s virtual healthcare services employ telemedicine protocols during times when physicians are not on site, such as overnight, weekends and holidays. The Company’s network of highly trained physicians perform virtual bedside visits, treating patients in place, using advanced technology, coupled with assistance from on-site nurses at each of the SNFs. TripleCare’s virtual services make it possible for its physicians to differentiate patients from those that can be treated in place versus ones requiring a hospital transfer.
“With the rollout of our services, WISH becomes a pioneer in terms of introducing telemedicine to these remotely located facilities. They are addressing a real community and patient need, especially in the rural areas they serve. Montello Care Center, Edgerton Care Center and Fair Oaks Health Care Center will be the only facilities in these local communities utilizing this type of telemedicine and technology,” stated Mary Jo Gorman, chief executive officer at TripleCare.
“Launching our services to the WISH locations in Wisconsin adds another state to our service coverage area, in which we currently treat patients in place, at their bedsides. This is indicative of the increasing need for SNFs to deploy telemedicine as a way to ensure their patients are more comfortable being treated where they are while also controlling costs and increasing census. We are excited to work with WISH and Carriage, and look forward to improving the services offered at the SNF level," Gorman concluded.
Robert Siebel, president and chief executive officer of CHC, commented: “The addition of telemedicine to our service offerings provides a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to reducing unnecessary re-hospitalizations. More importantly, it provides the individuals in our care greatly improved access to quality medical care, and allows us to treat in place without the disruption of a trip to a hospital for an acute-care need. This will prove very beneficial to the patient and the business and affords us the chance to differentiate our services and facilities.”
About Wisconsin Illinois Senior Housing and Carriage Healthcare Companies, Inc.
Wisconsin Illinois Senior Housing was incorporated in 1994 and currently owns nine skilled nursing facilities, eight community-based residential facilities, one residential care apartment complex and two home health agencies within Wisconsin and Illinois.
Carriage Healthcare Companies, Inc. is a multi-state operator of skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities, primarily in rural communities. Additionally, CHC provides consulting services to LTC clients in areas of facility operations, financial management and planning.
New York, N.Y.-based TripleCare is a national provider of telemedicine-based healthcare services to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The Company brings highly trained physicians to patients’ bedsides, via advanced technology, which enables patients to receive timely interventions when a change of condition occurs. As an experienced telemedicine provider bringing care to patients since 2011, TripleCare is contracted with more than 60 skilled nursing facilities across 11 states. TripleCare’s proven implementation and service approach benefits patients, families, providers and SNFs.
TripleCare was recently identified as a leading telemedicine provider in the post-acute environment by The Advisory Board Company, a health care research and consulting firm located in Washington, D.C.