UHS Home Care to expand to three counties

By WBNG News

UHS Home Care to expand to three counties

August 5, 2013 Updated Aug 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) UHS Home Care will soon be bringing its Broome County-based home health services to the residents of Chenango, Delaware and Tioga counties.

According to a news release issued Monday:

The home care agency has won approval from the New York State Department of Health to expand into the three counties, each of which borders Broome. 

Services will be available to residents of those areas by September 2013.

Operating from newly renovated offices at 601 Riverside Drive in Johnson City, the agency will send professional caregivers to patients' homes in the three additional counties, and will partner with existing UHS facilities in those regions.

“We will be working with UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, UHS Delaware Valley Hospital and the UHS-affiliated physician offices in those counties," said Greg Rittenhouse, vice president and chief operating officer of UHS Home Care.  “For example, those facilities will function as outposts for medical supplies so that our staff will be able to serve patients - wherever they live - as efficiently as possible."

UHS developed the expansion plan because of consumer demand for more access to home care, as well as a growing emphasis in the healthcare field on affordable, community-based, coordinated care options, Mr. Rittenhouse said.