Project Term: 24 months; 2019-2021
Grant Amount: $54,260
Montanans lack access to evidence-based perioperative surgical services, which include patient/family education, preoperative testing and assessment, care coordination across referral and specialty providers, provider co-management, and recovery coordination. A fully functional Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) currently operates at Bozeman Health. This project will extend PSH functions to nine additional Montana counties. The project addresses critical gaps in Montana’s perioperative care through engagement and collaboration with health partners; extension of PSH services; longitudinal tracking and evaluation of health outcomes for rural, remote and isolated patients; and, dissemination of an evidence-based rural model of PSH and a patient flow algorithm to aid other health entities to prepare patients and families for major surgery fully. Funding will be used for four engagement events located strategically among the nine target counties; longitudinal tracking and assessment of health outcomes by county; dissemination of patient outcome assessments back to the county health officials and practitioners. The health advisory council, lead extension specialist, and local extension agents will facilitate new and strengthen partnerships with community hospitals, critical access hospitals, rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, independent practices, and health workers.