Shepherd ranks with top agencies in US

Shepherd ranks with top agencies in US


Shepherd of the Valley’s home-health agency, At Home With Shepherd, has been named to the Top 500 of the 2012 HomeCare Elite/¢, a compilation of top-performing home-health agencies in the United States.

Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite, identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process- measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement, and financial performance.

Victoria Brown, associate director and chief financial officer, credits Kris Siciliano, registered nurse and Home Health director, along with At Home With Shepherd’s staff with the company’s ability to rank as one of the HomeCare Elite.

Group’s goal is to save limbs and lives


A passion for limb salvage led a pair of local foot and ankle surgeons to form the Mahoning Valley Chapter of Save a Leg, Save a Life (SALSAL), a national organization the goal of which is to reduce lower limb amputations related to diabetes and other medical conditions by 25 percent.

The newly formed group, comprised of 45 local medical professionals from diverse disciplines and organizations throughout Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, was organized by Ankle & Foot Care Centers podiatric surgeons Drs. Lawrence A. DiDomenico and Gregory Blasko.

“Technology exists that allows us to improve wound healing and make limb salvage much more possible,” said Dr. DiDomenico. “If medical professionals aren’t aware of these advances, many times patients are only offered amputation as a treatment option, which is no longer acceptable,” he said.

“It’s not just the trauma of losing a lower limb,” Dr. Blasko said. “Research shows that the three-year mortality rate after an amputation is 50 percent, and after five years it’s an even more astonishing 40 percent.”

The chapter’s goal is also to reduce health care costs. SALSAL’s web site claims the average annual cost of post-amputation care is $49,000 compared with just around $800 for limb-salvage and follow-up care, meaning if the organization can reach its goal of reducing amputations by 25 percent nation-wide it could save $4 billion per year in health care costs, Drs. DiDomenico and Blasko said.

School-supply drive


HandsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley (HOVN) is having a riteOn! School Supply Drive as its 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project.

On Monday, thousands of Americans will remember Dr. King by serving in their communities to make the holiday A Day On, Not a Day Off! Locally, individuals, groups and organizations can participate by collecting and purchasing school supplies such as crayons, pencils, markers, glue/glue sticks, notebooks, scissors, paper and other supplies used in kindergarten through eighth grades.

The school supplies can be dropped off through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at HandsOn Volunteer Network, 5500 Market St., Suite 110, Youngstown; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Girard MultiGenerational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., Girard. Also, volunteers are needed to sort and distribute supplies on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Girard Center. For information call 330-782-5877.

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