In early 2021, MaineHealth Care at Home (in partnership with the Coastal Healthcare Alliance and Healthy Living for ME) were awarded nearly $800,000 for a four-year project, Project COPD Connect.
Serving patients in Knox and Waldo County, Project COPD Connect integrates home health services, telehealth, palliative care and existing community supports with a COPD nurse navigator. The nurse navigator uses evidence-based chronic disease navigation practices to guide patients through the disease process and connect them with their health care team across the community to support improved outcomes.
Kristin O’Mara, RN, has taken on the role of COPD nurse navigator in addition to her time spent as a telehealth RN. For Kristin, the opportunity to work directly in the field with patients was an attractive option to add to her role within the agency.
“My biggest goal is to help patients improve their quality of life and have a better understanding about COPD and their medications. By building relationships with patients, their families, and providers I hope to help patients have improved control of COPD, reduced ER visits and hospitalizations.”
— Kristin O’Mara, RN