ViaQuest’s Mental Health Mobile Treatment Team receives Platinum Award and ViaQuest’s Kathy Richard honored for Individual Professional Leadership
DUBLIN, Ohio (May 29, 2014) – ViaQuest, Inc. was recently recognized with the 2014 National Case In Point Platinum Award in Behavioral Health Case Management for its Mental Health Mobile Treatment Team.
The award, presented during Dorland Health’s Fifth Annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC, recognizes the most successful and innovative case management programs working to improve processes across the healthcare industry. Dorland’s recognizes companies and organizations that set the standard for programs that deliver sustained success across a variety of disciplines and settings in the overarching continuum of care coordination.
“We focus on the uniqueness of each person and specialize in delivering integrated and comprehensive services to meet an individual’s needs,” said Rich Johnson, CEO and founder of ViaQuest. “Recognizing that everyone deserves the opportunity to live the best life possible, we are committed to providing a continuum of care in home and healthcare settings.”
ViaQuest’s Mental Health Mobile Treatment Team is led by Lori Lasosky, Vice President of Home Health and Hospice, and includes psychiatric nurses, social workers, nurse practitioners and certified home health aides who coordinate care across the service delivery system to bring quality services and support to patients in skilled nursing facilities.
The team concept was first launched as a pilot project from Jan. 31 to Aug. 7, 2012, encompassing a nurse assessment, doctor visit, computerization of medical notes and patient/facility follow-up. During that period, the program was able to significantly reduce the need for hospitalization, as only five of 98 patients required hospital admissions. The team continues to expand and improve efforts through facility training, development and implementation of behavior plans, and dose reduction meetings to decrease psychotropic usage with no increase in hospitalization.
Also recognized by Dorland’s was ViaQuest’s Chief Clinical Officer, Kathy Richard, with an honorable mention in the Individual Professional Category of Case/Care Manager Leadership for the National Platinum Awards. An industry leader, she is nationally recognized for her work with the development and implementation of Ohio’s first hospice-based pharmacogenetic pain-management program, which considers an individual’s genetic makeup when developing a pain management regimen. She has a tireless desire to advance healthcare through care coordination and innovative approaches to disease and case management.