Mercy Set to Transfer Home Health, Hospice Services - KOAM TV 7

Mercy Set to Transfer Home Health, Hospice Services


Mercy leaders have announced an agreement with Home Town Health Care, LLC, owned by Bobby and Debbie Shinkle and headquartered in Fredonia, for the transfer of Mercy’s home health and hospice services, assuring the continued provision of those services for the Independence community and surrounding area.

Kim Day, Mercy Independence interim leader, explained the transfer will take effect Sunday, and will allow Home Town Health Care to assume Mercy’s current home health and hospice licenses and certifications with no disruption of service to patients.

“We are thrilled to announce this positive solution for continued home health and hospice services in southeast Kansas, and we believe Home Town Health Care is the right provider to carry on Mercy’s established standards for high quality care,” said Day. 

With offices in Fredonia, Cedar Vale, Oswego, Lyndon and Emporia, Home Town Health Care currently covers 27 counties in Kansas, providing home health and homemaker services, and recently has branched into hospice care. Jon Reed, Home Town’s director of operations, explained local acquisition will allow the organization to provide a full complement of services.

“This makes us a completely well-rounded agency,” Reed said, “and we are very much looking forward to expanding our service to the people of Independence and beyond.”

Reed said the Independence-based services will continue to operate out of the medical office building currently located on the hospital campus at 900 W. Myrtle, and that most co-workers on staff with Mercy Home Health and Hospice have agreed to continue employment with Home Town.

Debbie Shinkle, who is also Home Town’s Administrator, explained that Home Town also has hired other staff from Mercy Hospital who were not formerly employed in the home health and hospice service. “We want to keep as much talent and resources in Independence as possible,” she said.

“We expect the transition to be seamless for patients and families,” Reed said. “Our intent is to provide the same level of personal, compassionate, quality care they have experienced thus far.”

Day explained the transfer of home health and hospice services is the first of several announcements to come related to solutions for continued health services after Mercy exits the community at the end of 2015.

More information on home health and hospice services available by calling 620-332-3215, or 1-888-387-1160.


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