CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Thomas Health System announced Thursday its plans to partner with local Stonerise Healthcare on a $17 million post-acute care facility in South Charleston that will allow the hospital system to create a model of care coordination that will be the first of its kind in West Virginia.
Dan Lauffer, president and CEO of Thomas, said the partnership will allow the hospital system to coordinate a transitional-care model that will better serve patients’ health care needs, help avoid unnecessary hospital re-admissions and promote economic growth for South Charleston.
“This will allow all of this care to occur in one setting, and I think that has a lot of appeal for patients who are thinking, ‘Who is the provider in my community that can best coordinate my care?’ Families think the same way,” Lauffer said. “It becomes a very stressful time for families when they start thinking about things like post-acute care — patients who can’t go home because they can’t yet take care of themselves, who have to go to a long-term care facility for a while — this provides us an opportunity to coordinate that care a lot more closely than we ever have.”
The facility will be constructed on the Thomas Memorial Hospital campus…