As of November 1, 2013, Almost Home Kids became a subsidiary of the Children’s Hospital of Chicago Medical Center (CHCMC) along with five other subsidiaries. The affiliation means that Almost Home Kids, under the CHCMC umbrella, will be able to improve care coordination for children who are medically fragile and/or technology dependent, increase efficiency and reduce costs. AHK will be able to offer a greater number of services to children with complex medical conditions and their families.
Almost Home Kids provides transitional and respite care for children who are technology dependent and medically complex. Since opening its Naperville facility in 1999, the Almost Home Kids’ model of care has saved the State of Illinois millions of dollars in Medicaid expenses, by caring for children with medical complexities outside of the hospital setting when more expensive acute care is no longer required. In addition, comprehensive training, support and respite for families helps to reduce hospital readmissions.
Last September, Almost Home Kids opened a new 12-bed center facility on the sixth floor of the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital. Approximately 65 percent of the total number of children transferred to Almost Home Kids are from Lurie Children’s Hospital. “We receive referrals from numerous hospitals throughout the state and beyond state lines, and that will not change,” said Deborah Grisko, President and Executive Director of Almost Home Kids. “This affiliation only enhances our clinical expertise in providing these children and their families with the best care possible in the most appropriate setting.”
“Almost Home Kids offers an innovative model of care and provides a unique service for medically fragile children and their families,” said Michelle Stephenson, Chief Patient Care Services Officer and Chief Nurse Executive. “Bringing Almost Home Kids under the Lurie Children’s umbrella will enable us to better coordinate care, increase efficiency and reduce costs, which will be critical as reforms in healthcare move forward.”
Almost Home Kids (AHK) is a short-term community health care facility that provides transitional care in a home-like setting to children with complicated health needs, training for their families and respite care. AHK has two 12-bed locations: 7S721 Route 53, Naperville, IL 60540, and at 211 E. Grand Avenue, 6th Floor, and Chicago, IL 60611.
The Coleman Foundation has supported Almost Home Kids since 2007. Initially, funding provided support for capital improvement of the facility in Naperville, Illinois. More recently, the Foundation provided a challenge grant to support the capital campaign to assist the organization to replicate the AHK’s unique model of care and open a second facility in the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital.