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Hearthstone, Centegra partner for transitional health care

WOODSTOCK – Hearthstone Communities and Centegra Health System have formed a partnership to provide patient care services.

Hearthstone Communities in Woodstock has begun managing the 30-bed sub-acute rehabilitation unit at Centegra Specialty Hospital-Woodstock, 527 W. South St. The facility has been renamed Hearthstone at Centegra.

Hearthstone has been a Woodstock senior living provider for more than 120 years. Don Babbitt will be the leader of the unit for Hearthstone. He has nearly 20 years of clinical management experience and earned degrees in administrative medicine and health care administration from the University of Wisconsin.

“Health-care reform and technological advancements are changing the delivery of health care,” said Michael S. Eesley, chief executive officer of Centegra Health System. “We are always looking at the needs of the communities we serve, analyzing the best ways to provide area residents with the access to care they need, all the while being mindful of the future of health care. Centegra and Hearthstone share the values of genuine respect, passionate care and integrity and have both served the needs of the community for many years.”

Terry Egan, president and chief executive officer of Hearthstone Communities, said, “Hearthstone has served the older adults and children of McHenry County for more than 120 years. Centegra has been an outstanding supporter of our services for many of those years so this is a natural partnership that we are excited to announce.”

Hearthstone at Centegra will provide sub-acute care, a level of nursing care often required for patients who need a more intense level of skilled nursing care after a medical or surgical hospital visit. These patients are frequently medically fragile and may require special services including physical rehabilitation after joint replacement surgery, intravenous medications and tube feedings, improved management of chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, and complex wound management. 

Hearthstone Communities includes not-for-profit, faith-based charitable organizations devoted to serving children and seniors. The Hearthstone Senior Living Community and the Hearthstone Early Learning Center are located on a 15-acre campus near routes 47 and 120 in Woodstock.

For more information on Hearthstone Communities, visit www.hearthstonewoodstock.org or call 815-338-2110.

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