LYNDEN – The Christian Health Care Center has partnered with health Ministries Network, an extension of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, to provide complimentary healthcare support to senior citizens recovering from injury or illness.
Representatives of both organizations worked together to develop the customized care transition program that helps patients return home as safely as possible after receiving medical treatment. The new program is modeled on the work of Dr. Eric Coleman, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado.
“Studies have shown that providing additional support during transition times can reduce the chances of re-injury and re-admittance to the hospital by up to 30 percent,” said Dick Cathell, administrative liaison of Health Ministries Network and St. Joseph Medical Center.
Eligible patients returning home from CHCC’s rehab program are offered the opportunity to receive personal visits from Faith Community Nurses, including one at the healthcare center prior to discharge, one in their home and several phone calls over the next three to four weeks.
FCNs are professionally registered nurses. They help patients and their loved ones advocate for their personal needs, monitor the recovery process, prepare for follow-up visits with medical professional, navigate the complicated health care system, and provide support with medication management.
“Christian Health Care Center is an early-adapter when it comes to preventative health and wellness. They are currently the only care facility in our region that offers free transitional support. While unique now, we believe care centers across the nation will soon offer programs like ours to their patients,” said Cathell.
To learn more bout care transition services at Christian Health Care Center, visit or call social services at 360-354-4434.

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