New Haven Biz-January 2020

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Helping the homeless regain health, independence and a home. Having an illness can be difficult, especially if you're experiencing homelessness. Which is why Columbus House and Yale New Haven Hospital partnered to create the Medical Respite Program. The program gives Yale New Haven Hospital patients who are experiencing homelessness a clean, safe place to foster healing after discharge. Each resident receives nursing care and a continuum of services that prepare them for life in their own permanent homes. Thanks to the program, more than 200 patients have benefitted, resulting in fewer return stays at the hospital. Best of all, they are on a path to a healthier life. Through the Medical Respite Program, Columbus House and Yale New Haven Hospital strive to ensure that every New Haven resident has the opportunity and place to heal. It's another example of our commitment to caring beyond the bedside. Alison Cunningham, CEO, Columbus House with Keith Churchwell, MD, Senior Vice President, Operations and Executive Director, Cardiovascular Services, Yale New Haven Hospital. Yale New Haven Hospital was awarded the 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service from the American Hospital Association. The McGaw Prize is awarded annually to a single healthcare organization that provides innovative programs that significantly improve the health and well-being of its community.

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