Honolulu, Hawaii (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
Elsa Pascua Talavera, RN, CMC, President and CEO of All Island Case Management in Honolulu (AI-CMC), and Donna Schmidt, LCSW, CEO of Case Management, Inc. (CMI) in Pearl City, announce the two agencies are merging to expand services for case management and long term care.
According to the Hawaii Long-Term Care Commission, the elderly population in Hawaii is projected to increase over the next two decades. The increase in the population aged 65 and older—and particularly people aged 85 and older—will lead to an increase in the number of people needing long-term care because older people have a higher prevalence of disability than younger people.
AI-CMC is a fully functional case management agency licensed to provide case management services throughout the State of Hawaii. CMI is a leader in the residential long term care industry and has set the standards for quality assurance and comprehensive case management.
Talavera states, “The strong nursing foundation and over 60 years of acute and nursing home experience of AI-CMC’s three partners, Elsa Talavera, RN, Charmen Valdez, RN and Evangeline Abellada, RN, are the driving force of AI-CMC's success. Our solid foundation, extensive internal quality control and proven track record are an attestation to the quality of care we provide for all of our clients. Blending CMI’s expertise and focus on elders with psychiatric issues and complex social issues, with the strong nursing component and case management expertise of AI-CMC, will allow for comprehensive care that will continue to raise the bar and set the standard in the industry in Hawaii. As we work together and share resources, we will be able to serve and meet the needs of the larger community on Oahu, Kauai, Hawaii, Maui including Lanai and Molokai.”
Schmidt adds, “The long term care and case management industries are changing. This new merger allows for the integration of our services with a wonderful blend of the medical and social models of case management into one company. The primary goal of the merger is to better serve the clients and strengthen the infrastructure of community based long term care. This is vital to meeting the needs of the larger community, making every Medicaid dollar go as far as possible and improving services while lowering costs. Everyone benefits.”
The newly-formed agency plans to incorporate new services including: centralized pharmacy services which will help lower Medicaid and Medicare costs, and electronic medical record systems which will improve the efficiency of medical record documentation and improve communication between primary care physicians, hospitals, case managers and office staff while allowing for real time documentation and review.
About AICMC: Elsa Pascua Talavera RN, President and CEO, is well known in the community for her leadership, business skills and integrity. She was awarded the Business Woman of the Year in 2009 by the Filipino Business Woman Association, and in 2010, she garnered the Filipino Entrepreneur of the Year in the State of Hawaii Sponsored by the Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii. She also received several commendations from the State of Hawaii Legislature (Senate and Representatives) for her nursing leadership and countless hours of volunteer service, and she has held several positions in the many organizations which she belonged.
AI-CMC is a fully functional case management agency licensed to provide case management services throughout the State of Hawaii. The exponential growth of AI-CMC is a collaborative effort between the effective leadership and strong support by the professional and administrative staff. With this tough economy, AI-CMC proves that having a goal, strong business plan and professionals who can deliver has solidified their position in the Home and Community Based Services industry. They were recently honored by the Pacific Business News as # 21 in “Hawaii's Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in 2012”. AI-CMC's presence in the county of Maui brought relief from the increasing number of ICF / SNF clients occupying acute beds in Maui Memorial Hospital, and also the community at large who are taking care of their loved ones on their own. The professionals employed by AI-CMC in the island of Maui and Kauai bring in their own pride and expertise in assuring the people they serve that "quality care and relationship" is a must-adhered-to standard. AI-CMC is licensed to operate in the Big Island. In addition, AI-CMC is the only agency that is located in the heart of downtown Honolulu. Bringing the services in the midst of the business arena where families, caregivers, colleagues and future clients can be met on their breaks or after hours is one way AI-CMC meets people’s time management needs.
About CMI: Donna Schmidt, LCSW, who has been providing medical social services to people in need since 1998, is a called-upon expert to the State Legislature on Hawaii’s continuum of Long Term Care. Through the years, Donna has been a voice for the elderly and disabled, many of whom have no one to speak for them or to advise them of their rights and choices. Donna is an expert on Hawaii’s Continuum of Long Term Care and she presents educational seminars and training programs to professionals. Her consumer seminars guide the elderly and their family members through the process of seeking long term care – from understanding the payment system and Medicaid rules, to learning how to interview agencies, institutions and homes – people are informed so they fully understand their rights and choices when seeking long term care.
CMI is the only case management agency that is owned and operated by a LCSW (licensed clinical social worker). CMI is a leader in the residential long term care industry and has set the standards for quality assurance and comprehensive case management service while providing the best in care. It is proven that elders respond positively to the unique role they are given when they are placed in a foster home. Their quality of life improves, many experience better health and everyone involved enjoys a rich and rewarding expanded family experience. CMI recruits, trains and develops foster homes for the elderly and/or disabled, matches needs with clients and assists in placement. CMI also provides the ongoing monitoring and care coordination to assure changing needs are addressed.
Elsa Pascua Talavera: (808) 536-7100
Donna Schmidt: (808) 429-8204