50 YEARS OF CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY
On June 19, 1961, the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the James Decker Munson Hospital became operational with the employment of a part-time medical director, a social service worker, and a secretary. Financial support was obtained from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek. A Home Care nurse was employed August 14.
Its objectives were: first, to provide and stimulate the use of home care services for patients discharged from either Munson Hospital or the Grand Traverse Medical Care Facility, thus extending regular hospital services into the home; second, to conduct group conferences through which the rehabilitation potential of patients are analyzed, plans made for services to accomplish improvement, and these recommended to the family physician; third, to coordinate services within the hospital which would tend to prevent or decrease the development of deformities and disabilities; fourth, to contact, coordinate, and cooperate the services of the various governmental and community social agencies when needed for patients.
In 1963, Home Care services became available in just three counties to patients who were not previously hospitalized. That same year, the Home Aid Program began providing help in the home (managing the household, meal preparation, respite, chores, etc). This service is now called Munson Private Duty.
Over the past 50 years, Munson Home Health's programs and coverage areas have grown to meet the needs of the communities served. On an annual basis, it is not unlikely for Home Health to make over 100,000 visits to patient homes throughout northwest Michigan.