KNOXVILLE – Knoxville Hospital & Clinics (KHC) was recently awarded a Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation grant valued at $15,000. The funds will be used to promote safer transitions of care from hospital to home and assist in the improvement of patient safety and readmission prevention.

The care patients receive during the first 30 days at home after discharge from a hospital or other healthcare facility is vital to ensuring their long-term recovery. Often mistakes made in medications, missed follow-up medical appointments, poor nutrition and dehydration, and lack of safety preparation in the home are the issues that can lead to readmission.

Funds from the grant will be used to empower caregivers to provide accurate discharge coordination, reinforce medication and nutrition management, and help establish new home care skills with patients and families.

“Often patients struggle when returning home after a lengthy hospital stay simply because they are overwhelmed with information and return home with many difficulties such as a decrease in mobility,” said Elly Shaw, Director of Quality and Compliance, KHC. “By utilizing these grant funds to provide additional services to help patients become accustomed to their new way of living, our patients will find that readjusting to their home will be much simpler and safer.”

For more than 40 years, Coverys has been committed to serving the insurance needs of the healthcare community. Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc. was established to support charitable organizations and endeavors that improve patient safety and care, promote healthy lifestyles, and support individuals and organizations that provide healthcare. Since its inception in 2013, the Foundation has donated over $7 million in charitable contributions.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion.  For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418.