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February 8, 2014

Home care agency expands into Otsego County

HCR Home Care recently launched operations in Otsego County after receiving approval from the state Department of Health, according to a recent media release.

HCR already serves Schoharie and Delaware counties, and company officials said the expanded access will increase patient choice among home health care agencies and help meet the need for community-based, home health services in the region.

The New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council approved HCR’s expansion into Otsego County in October, based in part on the strong support from many area health care providers and community organizations, the release said.

HCR Home Care, founded in 1978, provides home health services to patients, physicians and other health care professionals across the state. HCR is certified and approved for Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans.

Headquartered in Rochester, the company operates in the Catskill, central New York, Finger Lakes and North Country regions. The Otsego County services will be based in the Schoharie County office, under the direction of Jacklyn Losie, a registered nurse and director of patient services.

Elizabeth Zicari, vice president of clinical services, HCR Home Care, said HCR’s services in Schoharie County recently were listed among the top 25 percent of agencies nationwide by HomeCare Elite. The recognition was based on patient outcomes and satisfaction ratings. Also, the federal government gave HCR of Schoharie County ratings in those areas that exceeded state and national averages in many categories.

HCR Home Care (hcrhealth.com) in Schoharie County is located at 795 E. Main Street, Suite 10, Cobleskill, NY 12043, and the telephone number is (518) 254-7092.

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Jackie Hull, owner of A Rose is a Rose Florist in Cherry Valley and a breast cancer survivor, has created a Valentine’s Day fundraiser.

Hull will donate a portion of the shop’s Valentine proceeds to the Bassett Imaging Center, which seeks funds through Friends of Bassett to upgrade equipment used to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, a media release said.

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