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Teddrick Brown, director for Phoebe Home Care, gives a presentation to the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County this week. The home care division currently has three branches operating, with possibly a fourth to come in the future. (Jennifer Parks)

Teddrick Brown, director for Phoebe Home Care, gives a presentation to the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County this week. The home care division currently has three branches operating, with possibly a fourth to come in the future. (Jennifer Parks)

ALBANY — Aside from consideration of the Federal Trade Commission’s settlement, also heard by the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County this week was an update on Phoebe’s home care division, as well as an update on financial figures.

Teddrick Brown, Phoebe’s home health care director, said the home care division has branches currently operating in Albany, Americus and Cuthbert. It serves patients in 16 counties with a staff of more than 70.

The average daily census, Brown said, is 365 patients. More than 4,000 home visits are done per month, and based on the admissions averages from last year to this year, there has been an 11 percent increase, he said.

While staff numbers are being boosted at the Americus and Cuthbert locations, Brown said some progress has been made in regards to decreasing turnover as well as increasing the amount of training opportunities for personnel.

“We have lost a total of seven employees over the last year,” he said.

In addition to the three branches that are up and running, officials are looking to also add a fourth location in the Sylvester area in the near future, Brown said.

There is a one primary criteria for someone to be eligible for home care services — that it has to be too burdensome on the patient to leave home.

“The physician orders it for you,” said Tim Trottier, senior vice president of regional operations for Phoebe Putney Health Systems. “What disqualifies most people is that you have to be home bound.”

Some of the services offered through the home health care line include skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, home health aide service and telehealth.

Brown said there are avenues for patients to be referred to another service, such as a nursing home, as needed.

Kerry Loudermilk, chief financial officer for the health system, also gave an update on how the Hospital Authority and the hospital were doing financially.

For the fiscal year that ended on July 31, the Authority reportedly had a total non-operating income of $1.7 million. Fiscal Year 2013 has not yet been audited, but in the audited Fiscal Year 2012, the Authority had $35.8 million in total operating revenue, reports show.

For the hospital, as of July 31, there had been $1.4 billion in revenues and $893 million in deductions. There was a net operating revenue of $524.9 million, and $477.9 million in expenses. The net income was $3.5 million, the statements provided by Loudermilk show.