Keeping adults out of the hospital for preventable health conditions is at the heart of the mission of the Foundation for Better Health.
According to state and county statistics, from 2005 to 2009 adult Texans received $31.9 billion in charges for potentially preventable hospitalizations (PPH) with $160 million of those charges stemming from Tom Green County alone.
The Foundation for Better Health, which consists of a partnership between the Area Agency on Aging of the Concho Valley, the ASU CareGiver Research Institute, Baptist Retirement Community, San Angelo Community Medical Center, Shannon Medical Center and Tom Green County Treasurer Dianna Spieker, was awarded $150,000 from the Texas Department of State Health Services to raise awareness on three medical conditions that severely affect hospitalizations in Tom Green County.
Those conditions include bacterial pneumonia, urinary tract infections and chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease. Reducing hospitalizations for these three conditions by 15 percent over an 18-month span is the goal of the partnership.
“These are health issues with simple solutions,” Mimi Baugh, MSN, RN, director of the ASU CareGiver Research Institute, said. “We are educating not only the adults affected by these illnesses, but their caregivers and the general public as well.”
The mission of the Foundation for Better Health is to strengthen regional health resources and fill gaps in care to empower the most vulnerable members of the community.