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Community Partnerships

Innovative Programs

Our partnerships with industry-leading organizations help us to deliver safe and innovative quality services to support the growing need for independence in our community. VNA Community Care Telehealth Monitor VNA partnered with Pacific Springs Village to offer the VNA Community Care Telehealth Monitor to help residents actively keep track of their health, prevent crisis situations and remain independent. Using a secure, personalized card system, residents simply slide their card through the system’s card reader (similar to how an ATM card is used) and the system guides them with easy-to-follow voice and text prompts to collect their weight, blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation. The system then securely and confidentially transmits the information to VNA for review by a clinician. If there is any change in a resident’s health levels, the nurse calls the resident to make sure he or she is doing well and to discuss the best course of action to take.

Using the VNA Community Care Telehealth Monitor on a regular basis can provide a level of knowledge that helps residents lead life to the fullest. It is a simple three-minute checkup conducted several times a week that provides timely and potentially life-saving information.

• Easy-to-use and takes only a few minutes
• Guides residents with easy-to-follow voice and text prompts, collecting weight, blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation
• Supplies data for a nurse and physician to review
• Helps residents stay independent and in their apartment or patio home
• Encourages residents to take responsibility for their health status
• Encourages a healthy lifestyle
• Decreases the risk of sudden health problems
• Allows Pacific Springs Village to be a leader in resident and employee wellness
• Provides a proactive approach to managing Pacific Spring Village residents’ health
• Facilitates early detection of chronic conditions and early intervention
• Provides a healthier resident population
• Supports peace of mind to residents and their loved ones

For more information: 402-342-5566 or email VNA Home Health Technology Coordinator.
To find out more about Pacific Springs Village and Immanuel Senior Living featuring independent living, assisted living, memory support and healthcare residences: ImmanuelCommunities.com.

Homeless Shelter Services

VNA public health nurses visit Omaha and Council Bluffs homeless shelters to provide care to homeless individuals and families. Our role is to ensure homeless men, women and children have access to health care, social services and community resources. We address chronic health problems and make referrals to health care providers and other community agencies. Our services include:

• Assessment of health needs
• First aid and injury care
• Monitor chronic health conditions
• Education on nutrition and hygiene
• Early and regular prenatal care
• Positive parenting and childcare
• Adult and well-child care and immunizations

School Health Programs

The health and wellbeing of our children is a priority we all share. More than 15,000 students in 45 schools are served by school nurses through VNA’s School Health services. Our program is funded through contracts with schools and services include health evaluations and screenings, immunization reporting, communicable disease control, preventive and wellness programs, referrals for primary care and education programs.

Contact us for more information.

Pottawattamie County Health

VNA meets the public health needs of the residents of Pottawattamie County by serving as the Pottawattamie County Public Health Department in Western Iowa. Under the direction of a five- member volunteer Board of Health, our mission is to care for all the citizens residing in the county.

• Immunizations for adults and children
• High-risk health guidance visits
• Health screenings
• Health education
• Disease reporting
• Surveillance reporting
• Lead testing
• Bioterrorism county dispensing sites/plans

Board Members

Susan Beedle
Joe Beraldi
Dr. Alan Fischer
Amy Hoffman
Kathleen Zajic

VNA, Pottawattamie County Public Health
822 South Main, Suite 102
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
E-mail: jlightner@thevnacares.org