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VCU Medical Center Home Hospital

Inpatient hospital-level care in the comfort of your home

Your access to health care is important to us. Our Home Hospital program allows you to be treated for certain medical conditions in the comfort and security of your home instead of at the hospital.

How does it work?

Through our Home Hospital program, you will receive the same high-quality care you would receive at our medical center. Our doctors will virtually visit you with a provided mobile tablet device to check on your recovery and answer any questions. In addition, you will have at least two daily in-person home visits by our nurse and medic team. We will also check on you virtually throughout the day, assisting with your medications and monitoring your vital signs like blood pressure, heart rate and temperature.

Who is eligible for the program?

We will conduct a screening test to determine if our Home Hospital program is right for you.

To qualify, you must:

  • Come to VCU Medical Center’s Emergency Department with a condition or symptoms that can be safely and effectively managed outside the hospital
  • Are already in the hospital, and the remainder of your hospital care and treatments can be safely transferred to our Home Hospital program
  • Have a low risk of complications
  • Must be in stable condition and live within 25 miles of VCU Medical Center

What services are offered?

The services you receive will depend on your condition and needs. You may receive:

  • Delivery of medical supplies and equipment, like wheelchairs, walkers or bedside commodes
  • Imaging services, like X-rays and ultrasounds
  • Laboratory tests
  • Meals and nutrition services
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Medication support, including IV treatments
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Skilled nursing
  • Transportation (non-emergency)

You may also receive support from our care coordinators with scheduling and arranging additional services, including meal delivery, pharmacy drop-off and visiting nurse appointments.

After your discharge from our Home Hospital program, we will continue to support you through our patient navigator program.

Our patient navigator liaisons and social workers will periodically check-in with you to make sure your recovery is going smoothly and that you are getting the the follow-up care you need.

What are the benefits?

Inpatient hospital stays, though often necessary, mean time away from home and family, a break from routine and added stress. If eligible, our Home Hospital program can have many benefits, including:

  • Being in the comfort of home
  • Fewer lab and diagnostic tests
  • Shorter recovery time and quicker return to your daily routine, such as bathing or showering, dressing, walking, using the toilet, getting out of bed and eating
  • Less stress
  • Reduced risk of readmission (returning) to the emergency room or hospital
  • Better sleep

Why choose us?

VCU Health has been a leader in home health care for nearly 40 years. We provide comprehensive services for adults of any age with complex needs, including virtual visits, remote monitoring, home-based primary care and hospice care. No matter what services you need, we will ensure your care is well coordinated and that your family and other caregivers are well-informed. We are the first hospital in central Virginia to offer a home hospital program. So we will be with you every step of the way — whether you’re in the hospital or at home.

Contact the Health at Home team

If you have questions about our home hospital program, call (804) 628-HOME.

Meet our team

You care team—which will include physicians, nurses, social workers, care coordinators and more—will work together to ensure your care is considered from every angle and well-coordinated for a seamless experience.

Learn more about our team.

Stephen Biederman, MD

Hospitalist
General Internal Medicine

Julia Siegel Breton, MD

Geriatric Services
Family Medicine
General Internal Medicine

Bryn Culpepper, MD

General Internal Medicine
Hospitalist

David Goldberg, MD

General Internal Medicine
Hospitalist

Shanti Koirala Pradhan, MD

Hospitalist
General Internal Medicine

Katherine Le, MD

General Internal Medicine
Hospitalist

Stanley Liu, MD

General Internal Medicine
Hospitalist

Gordon Pace, MD

Hospitalist
General Internal Medicine

Manish Pradhan, MD

General Internal Medicine
Hospitalist