June 10, 2013
OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department recently celebrated National Nurses Week by honoring its nursing staff and partnering healthcare workers. The Nursing Division is the largest sector of the department and its workers provide comprehensive at-home healthcare services to residents throughout the county. For some remote areas, it is the only providing agency. In 2012, the nursing staff performed over 23,000 visits to clients.
"Every day, nurses provide leadership, innovation and advocacy to meet the healthcare needs of our county's residents," said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. "National Nurses Week gives us a chance to recognize the contributions of these providers who are the heart of our healthcare system."
Oswego County's public health educators also provide outreach and education to community members and organizations across the county. Last year, they reached approximately 5,000 people at 116 health education presentations and health fairs. These educators are very active in community planning groups and advisory boards such as the Rural Health Network, Teen Health Conference, Cancer Services Program, and Traffic Safety Board.
The Nursing Division includes RNs; LPNs; physical, occupational and speech therapists; medical social workers; and home health aides. Their work is critical to keeping the community healthy and helping those who are sick recover quickly.
"From making sure a young mother knows how to care for her newborn, to showing an elderly patient how to manage his diabetes, the role our nurses play is more important than ever," said Kathryn Caltabiano, RN, MS, and director of patient services at the Oswego County Health Department. "Nurses who make home visits can sharply reduce infant mortality and improve outcomes for mothers and children alike. They provide skilled care for people recuperating from surgery or illness in the comfort of their own homes. Their work really touches everyone in the community and makes more people realize that their nursing skills and diligence are critical for this rural community."
Home care programs within the Nursing Division include the Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA); Long-Term Home Health Care Program (LTHHCP); Preventive Maternal-Child Health; Hospice; and Personal Care Assistance Program (PCA). All nursing divisions accept reimbursements from insurance payers, including Medicare, Medicaid, insurance and managed care plans. The department works to ensure all Oswego County residents receive quality care, regardless of their ability to pay.
For more information, visit oswegocounty.com/health/ or call the health department at 315-349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.
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