National nonprofit recognizes 12 leaders in home-based care as part of ‘Florida House Call Project’
Twelve Florida health care providers have been named Home-Centered Care Champions for their exceptional work caring for Florida’s most vulnerable residents—homebound adults with chronic conditions. The Champions will work with the national nonprofit Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI), to spread awareness and increase adoption of home-based care, and elevate the quality of care throughout the state.
As part of HCCI’s Florida House Call Project, the 12 Champions are recognized for providing age-friendly, high-quality care to homebound patients across the state. They also participate in ongoing professional education to develop their own skills, mentor others in best practices, and raise awareness about the value of home-based primary care in their communities.
In Florida more than half a million individuals are homebound or home-limited and need care delivered in the home. Without home-based primary care, also called the modern-day house call, many forego primary care or rely on their local emergency departments to meet their needs when crises arise. During house call visits, physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants provide primary care services (e.g., blood draws, medication management, immunizations) in the patient’s home, resulting in improved health outcomes, enhanced quality of life for patients and caregivers, and a reduced cost of care, according to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Aligning with its mission to advance home-based primary care, HCCI launched the Florida House Call Project in 2020 to promote home-based primary care among providers, develop a foundation for statewide research in the field, and elevate awareness among patients and caregivers across the state. The project is funded through a grant from the RRF Foundation for Aging.
“Home-based primary care was already on the rise prior to 2020, then the pandemic hit and illustrated to an even greater extent the need for high-quality care delivered safely in the home,” said Julie Sacks, president and COO of HCCI. “The days of skipping necessary primary care because of mobility challenges are over. Home-based primary care is here to stay.”
Florida’s Home-Centered Care Champions are:
- Jennifer Ayrey, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C
- Priority House Calls, LLC, Rockledge
- Katie Conway
- Mobile Physician Services, New Port Richey
- Luis Cortes, DO, MBA, MS
- Hope Healthcare, Fort Myers
- Moises Dobarganes, APRN
- Dobar Medical Office, Miami
- Nicole Eversley-Hall, MSN, APRN, NP-C
- N-Hall Medical Services LLC, Tamarac
- Sheeja Kanacheril, DO
- Hope Healthcare, Fort Myers
- Rita Laracuente, MD
- Rita Laracuente MD PA, Orlando
- Amie Peterson, MSN, APRN-BC
- Millennium Physician Group, North Fort Myers
- Helen Phipps, APRN
- Cornerstone Health, Edgewood
- LaLanya Robertson
- Florida Mobile Physicians, Lakewood Ranch
- Ada Tapper, DNP, FNP-BC, CDP
- ACT Health Solutions LLC, Lithia
- Madetric Wood, MS, APRN, GNP-BC
- Geriatric Solutions LLC, Fort Pierce
The Champions were selected from a diverse pool of applicants and will lead home-based primary care awareness efforts within their communities for other providers, practice/operations staff, and the public using HCCI resources, tools, and curriculum.
Learn more at hccinstitute.org.