Baptist Health acquires two home care agencies, adult day center

With the acquisition of home care agencies in Breckinridge County and Calloway County, Baptist Health has expanded its service area to include 39 Kentucky counties and six counties in Southern Illinois.

“Baptist Health is pleased to serve these residents in Western Kentucky and the Purchase, providing our brand of ‘treat-you-like-family’ care,” said Steve Hanson, chief executive officer for Baptist Health. “It’s part of our commitment to improving the health of people in communities across the commonwealth.”
On Aug. 8, Baptist Health acquired Breckinridge Memorial Hospital’s home health agency, licensed to serve Breckinridge, Hancock and Meade counties. The agency, renamed Baptist Health Home Care Breckinridge, will remain in its offices at 203 B Fairgrounds Road, Hardinsburg.
On Aug. 30, Baptist Health closed on the purchase of the home health agency – along with an adult day center – from Murray Calloway County Hospital.
The home care agency, licensed to serve Calloway and Marshall counties, will remain in its offices at 907 Arcadia Circle, Murray.  The agency, now known as Baptist Health Home Care Murray Calloway, was named to the HomeCare Elite™ list in 2014, a recognition of the nation’s top-performing home health agencies as designated by the National Research Corporation and DecisionHealth.
Existing staff at each location will be retained to provide continuity of care for patients.“Patients can rest assured that they will have the same caregivers and call the same telephone numbers to receive help,” said Rebecca Cartright, executive director Baptist Health Home Care, Hospice and Infusion.  “We will hire additional staff as needed to provide excellent care for our patients.”
Services offered will include skilled nursing, home health aides, counseling from registered dietitians, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, medical social services and caregiver training classes.
“Home care allows patients to stay where they are most comfortable – in their own homes – while receiving needed care and support,” said William A. Brown, Baptist Health’s West Region executive and Baptist Health Paducah president. “In-home services help patients take an active role in their care.”
Home care services are typically less expensive than hospital care, and patients are less likely to have a return visit to the hospital.
Adults with developmental disabilities attend the adult day center, open each weekday at Murray’s Weaks Community Center. Participants are provided with activities, supportive services and healthcare services. Baptist Health Shared Care Murray Calloway is the center’s new name.