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Waveny Care Center Launches IV Therapy

Waveny Care Center Launches IV Therapy

Posted on June 5, 2014

Waveny LifeCare Network is pleased to announce the introduction of IV therapy at its skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, Waveny Care Center. Launched through generous funding from the Jeniam Foundation, this initiative now makes on-site IV treatments available to patients at the Care Center.

Waveny’s new IV capabilities will expand its scope of services and effectively reduce the need for patient hospitalization, particularly for common IV treatments related to hydration or infection. “Whereas in the past we would have needed to send a patient to the hospital to receive intravenous antibiotics or hydration, we can now provide that level of care on the premises,” said Donna Sammarino, RN, Director of Nursing at the Care Center.

Across the nation, nurses are becoming increasingly responsible for providing more and more specialized or clinically complex care in skilled nursing settings. “As the acuity of nursing home residents and patients continues to rise, IV therapy will become a more frequent treatment modality,” said Bill Piper, Waveny CEO. “The launch of this skilled service at Waveny represents an effort to directly deliver upon our mission to adapt to meet the growing and changing needs of those we serve.”

The launch of Waveny’s IV therapy program follows its introduction of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy or “Wound VAC” treatments earlier this year, which utilize vacuum dressings to promote healing in acute or chronic wounds.

In preparation for the program launch, Waveny nurses have undergone comprehensive, hands-on training on IV administration through a highly-regarded certified program over the past several months, and will continue to do so on a regular basis.

Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes Waveny Home Healthcare, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program available on weekdays with flexible hours, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at The Village and Care Center. For information call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visit www.waveny.org.

Photo: Waveny Care Center prepares to launch a new IV program. From left to right, Advija Dedic, LPN,  Laurie Knowles, RN; Mary DiPaola, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing; Cy Walters, RN and Donna Sammarino, RN, Director of Nursing.