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Home Health United Sets Roof Raising

Home Health United plans to “raise the roof” on its new office space at 4601 Hammersley Road in Madison at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 28. Construction began in March on a 21,000 square-foot addition to the Home Health United – Home Medical Equipment office. Currently, HHU occupies 10,000 square feet of the building. The other portion is occupied by Upper Iowa University.

“We have entered a condominium agreement that will lead to the purchase of our space by the end of 2004,” said Tom Brown, president of Home Health United. “Upper Iowa will maintain their space for the foreseeable future.”

The first floor will have a larger and brighter retail center, which will assist customers choosing appropriate home medical equipment. Several private rooms will be available for patients and/or family to meet with nurses or therapists for individualized equipment fittings.

The second floor addition will provide space for a central customer service, information, and referral center to assist a patient and family in receiving the appropriate level of service. In addition, the new 20,000 square feet of office space will house three divisions of Home Health United including the staff of Home Medical Equipment, Visiting Nurse Services, Community Health Services and a central medical records center. The project also includes the addition of 1,000 square feet of warehouse space.

 “Significant features of the construction include a rounded glass front entrance that will dramatically change the façade of the building,” Brown said. “This central location provides visibility from the Beltline Highway and accessibility for staff and customers. The building will suit our needs without being extravagant. It will bring efficiencies by housing so many offices and staff in one location.”

Architects from Dorschner Associates, Inc. drew up plans for the nearly $2 million project and Bauer and Raether Builders, Inc. are constructing it. HHU spent two years looking for space and developing the project. Bauer and Raether expects to complete construction in September 2004.

In addition to this new Westside facility, Home Health United will retain its current eastside location at 4801 Hayes Road.



Terri Peterson honored by Wisconsin Homecare Organization

The Wisconsin Homecare Organization (WHO) presented Terri Peterson, vice president – clinical services for Home Health United, with a Special Service Award at its annual convention in Waukesha. 

“Some people have good hearts, others have good brains. Terri has both,” said Russell King, president and executive director of WHO. “I owe her many debts of gratitude and so do Wisconsin’s home care providers and patients.” 

Peterson has worked in home health care for 26 years and is passionate about it. In addition to her duties at Home Health United, she serves on the board of directors of WHO, the WHO Federal Regulatory Task Force, the WHO Medicaid Prior Authorization Task Force, the WHO Evidence-Based Practice Task Force and the WHO Regulatory Reform Task Force. She is also involved with Medicaid Regulation Reform and the United Government Services (Medicare) Advisory Group for Home Health. 

She is also a member of the Home Health Advisory Committee for Metastar, a nonprofit health care quality improvement organization based in Madison. 

Last year, Peterson represented WHO at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services meeting on the Outcome and Assessment Information Set. The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services appointed her to a work group charged with implementing reforms of state regulations pertaining to home health care. 

“My colleagues on the Evidence Based Practice Task Force are working hard to develop standards of practice for home health care based on research and experience,” Peterson said. “In two years, we have produced seven standards.” 

Home Health United is a nonprofit home health care agency providing comprehensive services to patients in 16 counties. Peterson is responsible for clinical development and advancement, regulations compliance, staff professional growth and the quality of patient care.

“Home health care staff are special,” she stated. “Not every health care provider can succeed in home care. It takes people who are confident in their assessment skills and who know how to solve problems, think critically, teach, listen, anticipate, and think outside of the box.”








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