Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2016
Grant Amount: $25,000
This project’s goal was to reduce the risk of hospital re-admission for high-risk seniors and disabled individuals. This pilot project successfully recruited 13 RSVP (retired senior volunteer program) volunteers to work with 47 discharged patients from St. Peters Hospital in Helena and four other rural hospitals. A care coordination training toolkit was developed and agreements for accessing patients’ health records were secured. Only two of the patients who took part in the program were re-admitted to St. Peters (which was well below the 20 percent re-admission rate that the hospital had experienced prior). Local health care providers found the program to be useful in reducing hospital re-admissions and plan to support it moving forward.