With the continued changes in home health care, patients and therapists are becoming increasingly discouraged to discover that patients are not reaching their full potential for recovery simply because there was a lack of options for physicians, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, and ultimately, the patients themselves.
ECS Healthcare was developed to provide the answer. Patients who are no longer homebound according to medical standards and who need Physical, Occupational or Speech therapy without routine nursing services should not have to deal with the stressful inaccessibility of attending outpatient rehabilitation centers for continued care. With ECS, the privately owned and directed practice, patients can continue one-on-one therapy in the convenience and privacy of their own home or living quarters.
Committed to improved quality care, the licensed professionals of ECS work in cooperation with physicians, home health agencies, and assisted living facilities to provide personal direct attention by implementing individualized treatment plans that result in the maximum possible recovery for each patient.
ECS Healthcare enables therapists to avoid the pitfalls of the sporadic home healthcare business and at the same time grow their own patient load, as a group member. Becoming a member will help avoid financially harmful down time.
More and more patients are starting to realize that going to an outpatient facility for continued therapy under Medicare Part B is not necessarily the most beneficial. With ECS, patients no longer have to worry about transportation, long waits in outpatient offices, receiving ineffective group therapy, and lack of one-on-one care. Patients are starting to realize that the most effective care is in the privacy of their own home.
Susan Toland Halley, MS, NP-C
Susan is a board certified family nurse practitioner who is the co-founder and co-owner of Extended Care Specialist, Inc. Established in 2004, Extended Care Specialists (ECS) is a primary care network that provides management and ongoing quality healthcare for patients. ECS serves all ages but primary emphasis is with the elderly population.
Susan is a graduate of Ball State and Indiana Wesleyan Universities. She has over 30 years experience in nursing with nearly 20 of those years in providing primary care to patients as a nurse practitioner. Her experience in advance practice nursing has been diverse including delivering primary care to families with over three years in providing care to patients in the specialty field of psychiatry. She currently manages and provides primary care to elders who live in long term care, assisted living and those who reside in our community. She also routinely performs history and physicals for individuals undergoing electroconvulsant therapy in the hospital setting. As co-owner of ECS, Susan daily manages and oversees the delivery of care of residents living in over 70 long term and assisted living homes as well as NP home visits that includes both acute, long term and hospice care throughout the state of Indiana. ECS also provides physical, occupational and speech therapy services in the home that Susan assists in managing. ECS through Susan has harmonious professional relationships throughout the state. She and ECS work in tandem with hospitals, long term and assisted living facilities, independent living homes and individuals still living in the community. ECS owns strong relationships with home health care agencies, hospice companies, varied community health agencies and univerities with schools of nursing.
Susan has been involved in nursing education for over 20 years. She continues as nursing faculty with Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne. Susan has works published in nursing literature and journals as well as contributions to nursing textbooks. Susan is active with the community including past service on state and local health committees at the appointment by Indiana state representatives and by the mayor of Fort Wayne. Among other accomplishments, Susan was a key member in establishing Fort Wayne Healthy Cities' first health fair with the mission to aid Ft. Wayne's underserved population. She also help establish the Fort Wayne Minority Health Coalition. She has been honored with awards including Who's Who in Nursing and Nurse Educator of the Year as nominated by her students and peers.
Susan is married and resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has two 12 year old sons who will be entering the 7th grade next fall. Besides spending time with her family, Susan enjoys reading, gardening, and spectating sports. Susan is currently learning to play the piano which has been her long-time dream.
Mary Catherine "Cathy" Yaggy, MSN, GNP-BC
Cathy Yaggy was born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee. She attended Dobyns-Bennett High School and went on to Central College in Pella, Iowa where she earned a degree in pre-health with a focus in chemistry and biology in May of 1995. While interning at a physician's office several summers during college, she became acquainted with the role of nurse practitioner.
Cathy also gained experience and passion for the elderly with her second job as a certified nurse's assistant at a local nursing home. She later pursued a master's degree in nursing, feeling this career would allow her to balance work life and, one day, motherhood. Cathy then attended Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May of 1997. She worked briefly in oncology at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. From there she enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and studied to achieve her master's degree in nursing with a specialty of Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, finishing in December of 1999.
After completing her studies at Tennessee, she then moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana and gained experience as an Alzheimer's unit director at Markle Health Care. She then took a job with St. Joe Senior Health services and started working on her true passion as a nurse practitioner by serving the elderly in a clinic and nursing home setting. Cathy started her family in 2001 with Lyle Thomas, and then, one year later, along came Anna Caroline. During those years, Cathy stepped back to part-time work and remained active in the nurse practitioner role in the nursing home where she job-shared with Susan Halley.
It was evident that Susan also had the same passion for serving elderly residents in the nursing home and assisted living environment. In 2004, Susan and Cathy decided to form Extended Care Specialists, a nurse practitioner group specializing in geriatrics. Cathy remains active, still seeing residents several days a week as well as taking time to help manage the day-to-day operations of the company with the help and support of the wonderful staff. Her non-working hours are filled with the enjoyment of motherhood—many hours are spent at baseball games, softball games, practices, and dive meets. Cathy is also involved with St. Charles Borromeo Parish in a women's group and volunteers with various parish activities.