Growth Report 2019

Woodlands Expands in Austintown

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – New features soon will arrive at Woodlands Family Care Centers’ Austinwoods Nursing Center as construction wraps up on its assisted living and rehabilitation centers. The expansion will open in March, says owner Kathy Prasad.

“This new service will meet the many requests of past patients and community members seeking alternative senior placement,” Prasad says. “After completion, Austinwoods will primarily offer private rooms for long-term residents, in addition to all short-stay patients having a private suite. This will further enhance the unique homelike setting Woodlands strives to create at our facilities.”

Austinwoods will also begin accepting Medicaid waivers this year, fulfilling a demand frequently heard from clients, the owner says.

“The health-care industry is shifting fast, pushing providers to rehab patients quicker and find the most independent living arrangements for individuals requiring continuing care,” Prasad says. “Assisted living is in higher demand as the shift takes place. Austinwoods Assisted Living will not only provide new assisted living suites to the community, but also accept Medicaid waivers.”

Founded in 1996, Woodlands operates Austinwoods, Hampton Woods Nursing Center, Woodlands Assisted Living and the Center for Rehabilitation at Hampton Woods, as well as Woodlands Home Care.

In 2018, the rehab center and Woodlands Assisted Living earned perfect, deficiency-free surveys from the state of Ohio, while Austinwoods, Hampton Woods and the Center for Rehabilitation in Poland all earned five stars from Medicare.

Woodlands implemented its electronic health records systems six years ago, and now is focusing on streamlining ancillary services, such as pharmacy and therapy, and integrating them with the system.

“The electronic system provides a more comprehensive view of each resident and patient,” Prasad says. “Streamlining services will reduce transcription errors and decrease time spent away from patient care.”

Woodlands is also looking for hire resident assistants, state tested nurse aides and licensed practical nurses for both its assisted living and rehabilitation centers, she reports.

“Moving into 2019, Woodlands is excited for the opening of its two new facilities, and yet again expanding to meet the needs of our communities’ seniors. Woodlands is always looking to improve services and enhance outreach to those in our communities,” Prasad says.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.