Posts Tagged ‘PHS’

25 Year All-Stars: Meet Peter

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

In 2015, PHS is excited to be celebrating 25 years of bringing patients home to receive care, where they can be with their families and grow in a comfortable environment. To celebrate the amazing journeys our patients have been on, we’re going to be highlighting their stories each month on the blog through the 25 Year All-Star series. Our first highlight will be a patient who started with us the same year PHS (or PHRS at the time) opened its doors – 1990. Check back as we chronologically feature patients who have come on service with us and continue to thrive!



With two older sisters, Peter is a proud uncle and recently gained a new title – godfather. He is happily living about a half hour away from his parents’ farm in a vent home, a space he has come to love and now considers his home.

“The first Christmas after he moved in, we had our celebration it was getting late, and he says, ‘guys, I’m getting tired. I need to go home,’” remember Brian and Cindy, Peter’s parents. “Because that space is home. He loves it there.” (more…)

Celebrating the tubies in your life

Friday, February 13th, 2015

10922427_878553385519354_8109774560838335027_nIf you follow us on Facebook, you already know that we’ve been celebrating Feeding Tube Awareness Week – seven days of fun dedicated to raising awareness and spreading the word about the impact feeding tubes have on people who rely on this method to receive some or all of their nutrients. We have some of the best dietitians around who are dedicated to ensuring our patients are growing and receiving the nutrition they need (featured in the picture on the right with Dr. Michelle Kennedy).

This week we asked our followers what benefits their child has received from tube feeding, shared a guide on dispelling common myths, heard about tube fed kiddos in 5 words or less, and asked for best tips or tricks for other parents managing feeding tubes. Visit our page to join in on the fun and share the information you’ve learned.

But our favorite (and cutest) part of the week was parents sharing photos of their adorable tubies showing off their coolest accessory. We love that these little buttons help keep kiddos healthy, and had to share the cuteness here.

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Do you have a tubie in your life? Share their story and a picture in the comments!

Keeping a harmful Medicare program out of MN Medicaid

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Elsa_compressFor 25 years, PHS has helped thousands of Minnesota children live successfully and safely at home with their families. For us to continue being able to provide that care, we have a team of staff dedicated to promoting sensible legislation at the Capitol and educating our legislators on the impact these laws will have on our population.

During the 2015 legislative session, one of PHS’s main focuses will be keeping Minnesota Medicaid from adopting the Federal Medicare “competitive bidding” program for home care durable medical equipment.

If “competitive bidding” were to be implemented to Medicaid, unsustainable reimbursement rates would force Minnesota durable medical equipment (DME) providers to close – an outcome that would leave families with reduced access to care for equipment and supplies that are essential to their child’s well-being and ability to live at home, and thousands of Minnesotans without their job. Without this access, patients would be forced to live in the hospital – inevitably increasing costs to the state.

To hear about the impact “competitive bidding” implementation would have on Minnesota’s most complex population, we reached out to two individuals who will be affected personally. Rick and Patrick have been receiving equipment and supplies from durable medical equipment companies for a number of years, and are able to live a full, happy life at home thanks to this access. Check out the video below to learn more about the devastating impact this law would bring to patients and their families across the state.

To learn more about what you can do to let your legislators know the impact this program will have on you and your loved ones, visit our legislative page  where we have ideas for getting involved and materials to further educate you on the legislation.

Celebrating 25 years of thriving

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

DSC_2876A lot has changed in home care over the last quarter century. In 1990, the idea of bringing patients with such complex medical needs home to receive care was revolutionary – today, vent-dependent children aren’t just going home on this durable medical equipment, they’re living lives filled with jobs, sports and family. Patients in need of infusion therapy don’t need to drive to the clinic multiple times a week to get their care, they’re receiving it from the comfort of their living room. (more…)

Elsa has one ventricle but plenty of heart

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015


With three brothers at home, Elsa knows how to play – chasing balls, having a particular interest in the loudest toys, and playing peek-a-boo with just about anyone who will participate.

Elsa has spent a large chunk of her two years at the hospital, but now thrives at home thanks to a team of clinicians at PHS and other providers. Barely able to sit up by herself a few months ago, she is now scooting around and moving throughout her home – a testament to the strength she has when she’s able to be near family and familiar surroundings.

“She has a lot of will to live, and you can see it in a home setting,” says Sara, Elsa’s mom. (more…)

Know the Nurses: Ida Lewis

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

If you have a home care nurse in your home, you already know what an important part of your life they become. Today in Know the Nurses, we’re introducing you to one of our home care nurse trainers, Ida Lewis, RN, who has been with PHS since September 2012. Want to learn more about the home care nursing department and how we train new hires? Check out this post.

We already know these nurses provide comprehensive, round-the-clock care for patients in their homes every day, but here are a few fun facts about Ida  you might not know.  (more…)

Eliminating paperwork for health care providers

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015


We know that as a busy health care provider, you like spending your time focusing on patients – not paperwork.  We’re always searching for new and innovative solutions to make communication more efficient and your job easier, and electronic signature capabilities through Adobe EchoSign do just that.   (more…)

Jackson Paves His Own Path

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Jackson has a big impact on just about anyone who meets him (or hears his story).

“He is a true fighter,” says his mom, Heather. “This little man doesn’t stop at anything. He is absolutely an inspiration to strangers, family and friends near and far. He truly is moving mountains and I am so proud of him.” (more…)

Patients Bring the Holiday Cheer

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and a couple of our patients are feeling the cheer! Whether they’re out delivering gifts to co-workers or seeing their Christmas wishes come true with the removal of a central line, we couldn’t help but share what they’ve been up to. You can read more about Nick’s whole story here, and learn more about Lucas here.

What holiday wishes did you or your kiddo have this year? We’d love to hear about them! (more…)

How Many Pieces of Bacon? Sharing Care by the Numbers

Friday, December 19th, 2014

As 2014 wraps up, there are countless year-end lists popping up on the internet – everything from songs to selfies of the year. To review our year of Sharing Care, we thought it would be fun to make our own list and look at this year by the numbers – and we’re happy to have a list that holds a little more meaning to us (although we don’t mind reading the other lists either). (more…)