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Desoto Regional improves long-term care

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Mansfield is on the cutting edge when it comes to nursing home health care. 

Desoto Regional Health System recently hired a nurse practitioner who works at the family medicine clinic, but is making things a whole lot easier at local nursing homes.

Cindy Drane is a nurse practitioner that makes house calls for nursing home residents.

"In the mornings from 7-10 a.m., I see patients in our clinic, Desoto Regional Family Medicine. Then at 10 o'clock I leave and make rounds at two local nursing homes," said Drane.
 
Desoto Retirement Center administrator Jim Henry said, instead of being transported down the street to the hospital or clinic, patients can now get treated right in their own rooms.
 
"With Cindy being in our facilities on a daily basis, she is able to treat the patient when acute needs arise rather than having to wait a day when they get out," said Henry.

The new program also allows for the treatment of more patients.

"I've actually seen an increase in the number of short-term residents who come to the facility post-hospitalization, who stay at the facility and get their strength back before they go home," said Henry.

Madeline Springer, director of nurses at Mansfield Nursing Center, said Cindy's personal relationship with her patients is making a difference. 

"We can notify her of any problems or changes in conditions with our residents and she knows our residents so well because she sees them every day. She can see a change in condition, too," said Springer.
 
After six months in her new position, it looks like Cindy is in Desoto Parish to stay.

"It's very fulfilling. I enjoy it immensely," said Drane.
 
Henry said after adding the nurse practitioner visits rehospitalization rates have been cut in half.
 
The changes come at no extra cost to nursing home residents.

 

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