Home health agency starts 36th year swinging

MARTINSBURG – April is a landmark month for Panhandle Home Health. This week marks 36 years since the nonprofit’s start, and in just a few weeks hundreds from across the Panhandle will pick up miniature golf clubs to take part in the organization’s big annual fundraiser.

[cleeng_content id="t1" price="0.15" description="Read it now!"]Puttin’ for Panhandle Home Health, which begins at 1 p.m. April 26 at at JayDee’s Family Fun Center in Inwood, is a fun event that generates thousands of dollars each year. Organizers say the influx of money allows the organization to provide a variety of in-home care and other services for those who lack insurance or the financial ability to pay.
“Many people don’t realize that Panhandle Home Health provides physician-ordered skilled services in the home, and that the care that is provided in the home is quite intense,” explains Panhandle Home Health’s executive director Lisa Bivens, who has served in the position since 2006.
Bivens, who joined the organization as a staff nurse, has seen the kinds of care provided at home expand over the years.
“IV therapy and complex wound care are very often provided at home now,” she said.
“We provide such a range – physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy plus services as nurses, social workers, dieticians and home health aides.”
Bivens said she constantly hears
feedback from patients who are grateful to get high-quality healthcare in their own homes rather than face an extended stay in a hospital or other facility.
“The goal of home health is to help the patient to return to his or her optimum health status and live as independently as possible,” Bivens said.
The mini-golf tournament brings in not only needed funding, but helps residents of the Panhandle better understand Panhandle Home Health’s work.
Bivens credits Panhandle Home Health’s marketing director Christina Johnson for coming up with the idea of a miniature golf tournament.
“We hear such positive feedback from the community on how much fun the tournament is,” she said. “This event has propelled the organization into another level of awareness within the community and has enabled Panhandle Home Health to reach new donors and volunteers.”
Jen Stanley, who served as the co-chair for the 2011 tournament, is again overseeing Puttin’, along with C.D. Linton. “Every year, the planners come up with new ideas that make Puttin’ better and better,” Bivens said.
CoxHollidaPrice of Martinsburg is the tournament’s lead sponsor; dozens of other businesses will field teams, provide items for players’ goody bags and support the tournament in other ways.
Want to go? Puttin’ for Panhandle Home Health miniature golf fundraiser starts at 1 p.m. April 26 at JayDee’s Family Fun Center in Inwood. To sign up, call 304-263-5680, Ext. 122 or go to www.panhandlehomehealth.org.[/cleeng_content]


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