Southington Care Center Executive Director William Kowalewski recently announced the hiring of Susan Urillo, RN, BSN, as the first director of transitions at the 130-bed skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation community located at 45 Meriden Ave.
Urillo coordinates discharge services and resources essential to the seamless transition of short-term rehab patients to home or other setting. She works closely with the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging to ensure a positive outcome.
“The transitions department starts working with short-term residents from the day of admission to identify potential needs upon the resident’s return to home. Our team of two social workers and two nurses are here as intermediaries to assist with the arrangement of services from long-term care, assisted living and short-term home care needs,” Urillo said in a press release from Southington Care Center. “We also identify potential barriers to discharge and work with the patient and family to provide the safest possible transition to home or other care needed.”
This new position, coordinated with the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, is supported by the $2.1 million grant made last year by the Department of Social Services to Central Connecticut Senior Health Services, now Hartford HealthCare Senior Services. The funding was targeted for CTCHA to provide services and resources to seniors and caregivers to achieve an optimal quality of life. The director of transitions position was developed to realize this goal.
Urillo, a Southington resident, brings more than 30 years of experience in nursing including acute care and home care. A North Carolina native, she received her bachelors of nursing degree from the University of Hartford. Her previous positions included manager of clinical practice and quality assurance, assistant director of nursing, and home care case manager. She holds an extensive knowledge base, organizational abilities and interpersonal skills, which have proved key in developing this role.
In the release, Urillo said it is extremely satisfying to see patients improve enough to transition home or another setting. Southington Care Center has a great team of health care providers, she said, all focused on helping individuals regain optimum health.