For Immediate Release
September 2, 2016
The Columbia County Department of Health announced today that it is no longer admitting new patients to its Certified Home Healthcare Agency (CHHA). This comes as one of the final steps in the formal closure of the healthcare agency.
The notification to the public is part of the closure plan approved by the State Health Department earlier this summer, according to Interim Public Health Director John Mabb, who stated that the closure only affects the Department’s homecare agency. All other departments and programs including Maternal Child Health remain open for business.
“Patients currently under the care of CHHA staff will continue to be served until they are transitioned to a new home healthcare provider”, says Liz Galle CCDOH Director of Patient Services.
“As we move to close this agency, our commitment to county residents remains,” she says, adding that part of the closure plan is for the agency to assist patients in making informed choices in selecting another homecare agency to serve them. There are currently three agencies serving the county: Eddy Visiting Nurse Association, Living Resources Certified Home Health Agency Inc, and VNA Home Health.
County leaders decided to sell or close the CHHA in 2013, subsequently agreeing to sell the agency to Willcare Home Health, although that company did not follow through on the purchase.
Local physicians have also been notified of the closure, with the Department providing them with the names of the three agencies serving the county.
As the State-approved plan directs, the public will be informed through the Columbia County DOH website at http://sites.google.com/a/columbiacountyny.com/health/, and through press releases to local media.
For more information about the Department’s other services, call the County Health Department at 518-828-3358.