St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP) held an event today to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Eddy Heritage House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Troy.
SPHP leadership and staff joined current and former residents of Eddy Heritage House, along with local officials and many others, to commemorate the facility’s 25 years.
“While we are proud to celebrate our 25th anniversary today, we feel privileged every day to be able to provide healing and hope for our residents and patients,” said Clara Tryon, executive director of Eddy Heritage House. “Many thanks to our staff, nurses, physicians, and everyone else whose hard work, dedication, and expertise led to today’s milestone.”
Located on Tibbitts Avenue in Troy, about a mile east of Samaritan Hospital, Eddy Heritage House provides skilled nursing and sub-acute rehabilitation. The 120-bed facility also offers respite care – a scheduled, temporary stay in a caring, safe environment.
Eddy Heritage House’s interdisciplinary team works with each patient and their family to design and implement an individualized therapy plan to help patients achieve the highest possible level of strength, function, mobility, and independence.
Eddy Heritage House opened in 1992 as a collaboration led by The Eddy, and brought together then-competitors Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, in order to meet the community’s need for additional skilled nursing beds.
At the time, Eddy Heritage House and other skilled nursing facilities played a different role in the health care system than they do today. Best practices called for patients to stay in skilled nursing facilities as long necessary – often until the end of their life.
Over time, best practices evolved and the goal shifted to keeping individuals in their own homes for as long as possible, allowing them to “age in place,” Tryon said. In 2001, Eddy Heritage House expanded its services to include sub-acute rehabilitation.
Unlike traditional nursing home care, sub-acute care – which is sometimes called short-term care – aims to return patients to their homes, or transition them to an assisted living or independent living setting.
Today, Eddy Heritage House often provides care to patients who have had surgery, or suffered strokes, or were afflicted with other illnesses. They are well enough to be discharged from the hospital, but are not yet well enough to go home.
“That’s where our expertise lies,” Tryon said. “We help individuals get to the point where they can go home safely, and get back to the life they love.”
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