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Members of the hospital community joined Wolf Administration leaders today to announce a new pilot program designed to improve rural community health and provide financial stability for rural hospitals.

The Rural Health Model is a global budget payment model in which hospitals are provided a fixed amount of funding for a fixed period of time to improve the health of Pennsylvania’s rural communities, rather than a model that reimburses hospitals for individual services or cases. The program is a partnership between Pennsylvania’s rural hospital community, the state Department of Health, and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.

The pilot formally began January 1, 2019, with five rural hospitals participating in the first year of the program. The first-year pilot hospital participants are:

◾Barnes-Kasson Hospital

◾Endless Mountains Health Systems

◾Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital

◾UPMC Kane

◾Wayne Memorial Hospital

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     The Family Health Clinic of Barnes-Kasson Hospital is pleased to announce the return of dentist, Dr. Russell Swetter. Dr. Swetter was the original dentist when the Dental Unit of Barnes-Kasson opened in July, 1978. For the past couple of decades he has maintained two successful private practices in Clifford and New Milford, PA, which he will continue to operate.
     Dr. Swetter grew up in Clifford and is a graduate of Mountain View High School. He went on to attend the University of Scranton and the Temple University School of Dentistry where he finished in the top 10% of his class. He was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Honor Society in Dentistry. Still a resident of Clifford, Dr. Swetter is married and has two children. For the past 20 years he has worked closely with his wife, Cherie (pictured left), who works as his assistant at his private practices and will continue to do so at B-K. When not working, Dr. Swetter is an avid motorcyclist and skier, both snow and water.

     This quarter’s departmental feature is the Skilled Nursing Facility of Barnes-Kasson Hospital. Our 58 bed SNF offers highly-trained professionals who are committed to fulfilling the needs of each resident. Nursing Home Administrator, Floyd Bradley, and Director of Nursing, Roseann Blake RN, lead a staff of 60 professionals who work hard to care for each resident. Everyone works diligently to make sure that our facility is focused on individualized care plans and rehabilitating residents to maintain an optimal quality of life.

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