Wheatland Health Services

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Home Health Care Services Business Plan

Executive Summary

Wheatland Health Services offers a unique combination of premier home health care and community-based social services to Southeastern Kansas. Market research indicates that there is a significant need for quality home health care and social services within this region and we believe that by employing competent and well-educated staff and providing them with organized and responsive management, we can become the home health care/social service agency of choice in Southeastern Kansas.

Wheatland Health Services will be created as a Kansas Limited Liability Company based in Wilson County, owned by its principal investors and principal operators. The initial office will be established in quality office space on Main Street in Neodesha, Kansas, which is the heart of Southeastern Kansas. Neodesha is also home to a hospital facility and a renowned Wound Center, which will serve as referral bases for our agency.

Consumers of our services will be those individuals and families in need of home health care and/or social services. These patients are usually referred by other health care professionals such as physicians, attorneys, insurance companies and health care facilities. Our agency has already developed an excellent reputation with many of these professionals, through the work of our Clinical Director, who has been providing home health care services through another agency for the past three years, and through the presentations we have made to the community via marketing tools and personal interactions.

Our agency must be licensed by the State of Kansas and our services reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and other private insurance carriers. The process for licensure and insurance certification has already been initiated and we are well on our way to meeting the regulations and guidelines for providing home health care and social services to patients in Southeastern Kansas.

There are currently only three other home health care agencies that serve Southeastern Kansas. One is a satellite operation based out of a larger regional hospital in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Kellene Walker currently manages this agency's operation there, and due to the lack of interest the parent organization has demonstrated in this satellite agency, we believe that upon her transfer to Wheatland Health Services that agency will close its Wilson County operation. The other home health care agencies currently operating in our area do not offer services to all four of our target Counties; they also do not offer the unique blend of home health care and social services which Wheatland Health Services will be providing.

All pricing will be set according to Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance regulation so pricing is not a major factor of consideration. Sales estimates project healthy revenues in the first year and modest increases through year three.

WHS is incorporated as a partnership. The primary founder, Elizabeth Patzer, MSW/PA, is a social worker and public administrator with prior experience in operating a social service agency. The partnership will include a second, non-managing partner, M. Brad Patzer, who will help with initial start-up funding and retain a minority equity stake. Wheatland Health Services will be managed by Beth Patzer and Kellene Walker, our Clinical Director.

The company plans on taking on debt in the form of a five-year loan, and has no plans for additional debt as growth will be financed mainly through cash flow. Our plan includes assumptions of 100% sales on credit, and sufficient cash on-hand at start-up to prevent any problems with cash flow.

1.1 Objectives

  • 125 Home Health Care patients served by the end of first year.
  • 12 Personal Injury Case Management Clients served by the end of first year.
  • Respectable gross sales by the end of first year.
  • 80% of Customer Satisfaction Surveys returned indicating satisfaction with services.

1.2 Keys to Success

  • Professional quality of services offered
  • Reliability -- being available through on-call, and adequate staffing
  • Effective collaboration with other community professionals (physicians, hospitals, and other organizations)

1.3 Mission

Our values are simple. Wheatland Health Services strives to offer excellent and affordable home health care and community-based social services to individuals and families of Southeastern Kansas.

It is our goal to employ competent, caring, and well-trained individuals who are responsive to the needs of our patients, their families, and the communities we serve. Each staff member will meet the State of Kansas educational and training requirements for the services they provide. We encourage and support continued education of each service provider. In turn, our agency will provide staff with competitive compensation, an inviting work environment, and knowledgeable, trustworthy management and direction.

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