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History and Awards

History and Awards of Centura Health at Home

1975

  • ComCare was established in Denver to provide ADL assistance and skilled nursing care.

1980

  • A member of the board of Denver Catholic Community Services, proposed that a DCCS-sponsored hospice would add a spiritual dimension to traditional hospice services.

1982

  • Mercy Medical Center purchased ComCare. The agency became Medicare-certified and grew to 27 nurses.
  • St. Mary Corwin Home Health was established in Pueblo.

1983

  • Penrose Home Care was established in Colorado Springs.

1984

  • American Home Health was established in Denver to serve Porter and Platte
  • Valley hospitals. Staff included eight RNs, three PTs, one MSW and a few home health aides.
  • Hospice of Peace began home hospice services and became the first licensed hospice in the state of Colorado (Hospice of Metro Denver was at that time licensed under home care.)

1985

  • St. Anthony Home Health was established in Denver as a Medicare agency.
  • The first Hospice of Peace Guild meeting was held to support the hospice by means of prayer and spreading the word about hospice.

1986

  • St. Thomas More Home Health was established in Cañon City.
  • Established Porter Home Hospice in Denver, Avista Hospice established as part of Boulder Memorial Hospital.

1987

  • American Home Health went through its first JCAHO survey and did extremely well.
  • The Porter Home Hospice program was licensed and received Medicare certification.

1988

  • With plans to build a residence, it was decided to change the Porter Home Hospice program name to Porter Hospice.

1989

  • The St. Anthony Hospital System acquired ComCare with the Mercy Medical Center acquisition. With that, St. Anthony Home Health assumed care for all Medicare clients and ComCare provided care for Medicaid, private insurance and self-pay individuals.
  • Opened Porter Residential Hospice at High Street (8 beds) with Governor Romer giving a memorable speech to 300+ open house attendees. Five patients were admitted on the first day and full census was reached in one week.

1990

  • Boulder Home HealthServices consolidated with American Home Health and a branch office was established at the new Avista hospital.

1992

  • ComCare changed its name to ProvenantCommunity Care with the change in the Corporate name from St. Anthony to Provenant.
  • Penrose Home Care passed their first JCAHO survey.
  • Porter Hospice and Avista Hospice merged.
  • Porter Hospice received their Medicaid hospice provider number.

1993

  • Penrose Home Care split off from Penrose as a separate, freestanding agency, under Novare, a Sisters of Charity for-profit entity.

1994

  • An agreement was developed with Provenant to set up Hospice of Peace as a separate corporation that would be jointly owned by Provenant and Catholic Charities.
  • Provenant Infusion Care was established to provide IV products, injectable medications and skilled nursing in the home.
  • Penrose Home Health decided to start an oxygen business, rather than continue to subcontract.

1995

  • American Home Health was renamed PorterCareat Home, as a Medicare-certified agency with branches in Brighton and Louisville.
  • PorterCareat Home II, the private duty agency, merged with Boulder Home Health Services.
  • Penrose Home Care and Home Oxygen were bought back by the hospital and placed under the for-profit arm, Health Care Providers.
  • On June 19, the Hospice of Peace offices were blessed by the Archbishop J. Francis Stafford.

1996

  • Penrose Home Health and Home Oxygen were reinstated as hospital-based under Penrose/St. Francis and transferred to nonprofit status.
  • Opened Porter Residential Hospice at the Johnson Center (18 beds.) Full census was reached in February 1997.
  • Penrose Home Oxygen opened an office in Pueblo.

1997

  • In August, Centura Health merged all home care entities servicing the Denver metro area (PorterCare at Home, Porter Care at Home II, Provenant Home Health, Provenant Infusion Care and Provenant Community Care) and Porter Hospice into one home care entity based under Porter Hospital.
  • Established a joint venture with American HomePatient to open Centura/American HomePatient for oxygen and DME in the Denver area.

1998

  • On May 6th, Centura Health purchased the Medicare-certified portion of Castle Care Home Health, Inc.
  • All home care and hospice sites scored above 90 on the JCAHO survey. These scores were the highest of all the Centura Health entities.

1999

  • The Denver-area private duty program was closed March 1st.
  • After two years of planning & preparation, Porter Hospice opened the Butterfly Program, serving children and adolescents, as a joint effort with The Children's Hospital.
  • The southern Colorado private duty programs were closed effective July 1st.
  • Centura Health purchased Catholic Charities ownership of Hospice of Peace.
  • Porter Hospice celebrated 10 years at the High Street Residence with the dedication of the Memory Garden. The main feature of the garden is a gazebo that accommodates both wheelchairs and patient beds.
  • Hospice of Peace moved offices to the Diamond Hill complex and an integrated hospice structure was realized.
  • Centura Home Oxygen went through JCAHO survey and was recommended for accreditation with commendation.

2000

  • Home Medical Equipment (HME) was becomes a full product line
  • Centura Health dissolves the joint venture with American HomePatient to provide oxygen in the Denver area.

2001

  • Centura Home Oxygen & HME opens a Denver Branch

2003

  • Centura Home Care and Hospice moves to new corporate headquarters in downtown Denver and becomes Centura Health at Home. The new name reflects Centura's commitment to being a full-service home health provider and to making patients and associates feel at home.
  • Centura Health at Home pilots first telehealthprogram in Colorado with funding from the Penrose St. Francis Foundation.

2004

  • High Street Hospice becomes High Street Bereavement Center.
  • Hospice of Peace celebrates their 20-year anniversary.

2006

  • Centura Health at Home extends home care services to pediatric patients in Denver.
  • The Butterfly Program won the Circle of Life award by the American Hospital Association Citation of Honor, recognizing innovative end-of-life care.

2007

  • The Denver Business Journalawarded the 2007 Champions in Healthcare to The Butterfly Program in the community outreach category.  Susan Flow, Coordinator of the Statewide Wound Care Program, was also awarded the 2007 Champions in Healthcare in the nursing category.
  • Hospice of Peace becomes St. Anthony Hospice.
  • Centura Health at Home celebrates 25 years serving patients in the Pueblo area.
  • Porter Hospice celebrates their 20 year anniversary.

2008

  • Centura Health at Home acquired Bristlecone Health Services in Frisco, Colorado and expanded home care and hospice serves to all of Summit County.

2009

  • Centura Senior Services including seven senior living communities statewide merged with Centura Health at Home.
  • A home palliative care program was created for our patients and residents. The programs focused on relieving the pain, symptoms and stress of chronic or terminal illness for patients.
  • Centura Health at Home wins Denver Business Journals' 2009 Champions in Healthcare award for the large facility category.

2010

  • April 2, 2010 Centura Health at Home transferred ownership of their home infusion business line to Coram Infusion Specialty Services, part of the Apria Healthcare family.
  • Centura Health at Home wins several Colorado Healthcare Communicators awards:
    • Colorado Non-Profit Project of the Year for "We're Going Home" campaign
    • Gold Leaf for "We're Going Home" campaign, Internal Communications Program category
    • Gold Leaf for Hike for Hospice, Community Relations category
  • December 23, 2010 Centura Health at Home transferred ownership of their oxygen and home medical equipment business line to Preferred Homecare

2011

  • Centura Health at Home is extremely proud that all of our home care entities statewide have been named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite's top home health care agencies in the United States. Centura Health at Home in Denver, Pueblo and Frisco through Bristlecone Health Services were named to the top 25 percent while Centura Health at Home in Colorado Springs was among the top 500 agencies and Mercy Home Health in Durango and Pagosa Springs was named to the top 100 agencies nationwide

2012

  • All Centura Health at Home entities statewide have been named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Centura Health at Home in Denver and Colorado Springs were named to the top 25 percent while Centura Health at Home in Pueblo and Frisco through Bristlecone Health Services were among the top 500 agencies. Mercy Home Health in Durango and Pagosa Springs was named to the top 100 agencies nationwide.

2013

  • In 2013, once again all Centura Health at Home entities were named to the 2013 HomeCare Elite. Centura Health at Home in Denver and Colorado Springs and Bristlecone Health Services in Frisco were named to the top 25 percent while Centura Health at Home in Pueblo and Mercy Home Health in Durango and Pagosa Springs were named to the top 100 agencies nationwide.

 

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