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Ecumen Bethany Community to participate in special initiative

Bethany Home, part of Ecumen Bethany Community, was recently selected to participate in the Targeting Resources Use Effectively (TRUE) project to increase appropriate hospice referrals, improve access and increase length of stay in the Alexandria lakes area.

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The initiative is supported by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is led by Straits Health, Minnesota’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization.

As part of the TRUE initiative, Straits Health is convening community-based organizations to come together as teams for learning, sharing, and networking. These teams will have access to quality improvement experts and evidence-based practices to address the issues of late hospice referrals, short length of stays and barriers to access.

“Learning how to better utilize hospice in a more timely fashion is very important to our residents and their families facing end of life cares,” said Patrick McDonald, executive director at Ecumen Bethany Community.

Deb Buker, clinical director, and Ashley Sutherland, clinical manager, have taken the opportunity to work on the TRUE project and improve end of life for Ecumen patients, according to McDonald.