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YNHHS Home Hospital program begins caring for patients 

On June 6, Yale New Haven Health officially launched its Home Hospital program, which provides high-acuity, hospital-level care to patients in their homes. The program currently serves patients who live near Yale New Haven and Bridgeport hospitals; it will expand to other areas. Using in-person visits and telehealth technology, physicians and other healthcare professionals care for patients with heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cellulitis, sepsis and other conditions.

Participants in a ribbon-cutting event at the Home Hospital mission control in Stratford included (left photo, l-r): Scott Sussman, MD, YNHHS physician executive director, Telehealth, and Home Hospital program physician co-lead; Ryan O’Connell, MD, vice president of Wellness and Engagement, Northeast Medical Group; Thomas Balcezak, MD, YNHHS chief clinical officer; Olukemi Akande, MD, physician executive director, Post-Acute Care, and Home Hospital program physician co-lead; and Ian Schwartz, MD, YNHHS vice president, Clinical Operations.

Program staff at the event included (l-r): Scott Westberg, RN, and Kenlyn Pitt, RN, care coordinators; Lacoya Nichols, RN; Patricia Thompson, RN; Nana Boahemaa, RN, associate director of nursing; and Stacey Lane, director of operations and administration.