MARTINSBURG — Panhandle Home Health, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation’s Kings Daughters Senior Citizens Charitable Fund to support the expansion of the Panhandle Home Health Wound Program to include wound care, ostomy and diabetic wound specialized training.
With the expansion of the Wound Program, Panhandle Home Health will train eight registered nurses with specialized skin and wound management education from the Wound Care Education Institute. The course will be held at the Holiday Inn from Nov. 14 to 17, for Panhandle Home Health nurses and will be open to other healthcare affiliates who wish to become wound care certified.
In 2018, Panhandle Home Health served a total of 1,410 total patients and made 35,764 home visits, with 1,000 of the 1,410 patients served at the age of 65 or older and the average age of a wound patient was 75.
Executive Director Lisa Bivens stated, “We are committed to providing the best possible crisis-health services for our patients, especially our senior population who are most at risk because they don’t heal as easily and require more innovative wound treatment.”
The Community Foundation was established in 1995 and awards nearly $1 million in grants and scholarships annually. With more than 225 endowed funds and assets of just over $25 million, EWVCF is one of the largest grantmaking organizations serving the Eastern Panhandle.
The foundation is located at the historic Caperton Train Station at 229 E. Martin St., Suite 4, Martinsburg.