Temple sets umbrella group for community care

Posted: April 09, 2013

Temple University Health System said it established an Institute for Population Health to put under one umbrella numerous existing efforts to move health care into the community.

Among the programs being moved to the institute is the training of community health workers, who work to reduce readmissions and unnecessary visits to the emergency room, said Paula Stillman, Temple vice president of health care services and director of the institute.

A second class of 30 community health workers is scheduled to start training in May. Another program is a Transition Center, which ensures that primary care physicians are notified when one of their patients comes to the ER or is admitted to the hospital, among other things, Stillman said.

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