Grand Opening of Sister Mavis Jewell Medical Respite,
A program of Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless
Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) is opening the first medical respite program in the Capital Region.
Housed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy, NY, the Grand Opening on March 16th opened the doors to showcase the facilities and resources of Sister Mavis Jewell Medical Respite. The program will serve homeless patients who are hospitalized and upon discharge require recuperative care; however, they do not have access to a stable environment in which to receive on-going care.
The respite program represents the growing role non-profit organizations like Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless have in caring for the health of the most vulnerable in the community. As the cost of healthcare continues to increase, reform efforts like the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP), administered locally by Alliance for Better Health Care, are bringing medical providers and non-profit organizations together in unprecedented ways. By providing a safe 24/7 recuperative environment for individuals in need discharged from the hospital, the program aims to decrease a patient’s length of stay in a hospital, decrease emergency department visits, and minimize occurrences of readmission.
Medical Respite is short term-residential care that allows individuals the opportunity to rest in a safe 24/7 environment while accessing care and supportive services such as: meals, personal care needs, medications, treatments and home care services. While patients are recovering, case managers will also assist in helping to find shelter or housing.
The medical respite program will assist an underserved, targeted population that currently lacks access to post-hospital care, and who frequently use the emergency department for non-emergent health concerns. The program is funded in part by Alliance for Better Health Care, Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Millennium Foundation, St. Peter’s Health Partners, and Friends of Sister Mavis.
The program is named for its strongest advocate, Sister Mavis Jewell of St. Peter’s Health Partners and Daughters of Charity. Her passion for helping the homeless brought her to IPH where she has assisted by advocating, fundraising, and volunteering for over 10 years.
Photo credits: Elizabeth Congiusta and Erin Curely