At Liberty Healthcare Services, the patient’s dignity, comfort and quality of life are of the utmost importance, President and owner Kevin Zepp said.
“The ultimate goal is to help people remain safely in their homes with good care, and we achieve that on a daily basis so it makes it worthwhile,” Zepp, 28, said.
The company provides home-care services including bathing, grooming, personal care, errand-running and meal preparation for the elderly and disabled. With its 80 certified home-health aides and certified nursing assistants on staff, the company provides its services to about 110 patients daily. It also works closely with local hospitals and nursing homes.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Home Care, it serves all of Mercer County and has recently opened a new location in Ocean County.
“What we attribute our success to is our human capital,” Zepp said. “Between our office personnel, our director of nursing, the nursing staff as well as all the field personnel and all the home-health aides and CNAs.” Liberty Healthcare Services has been located in Hamilton since 2002 and was originally founded by Keith Shevlin. It was designed as a staffing company for medical centers and nursing homes, but expanded its reach into the homecare field in 2003.
Zepp purchased the business in August 2007.
His own personal experiences as a cancer survivor give him a bit of insight into the world of home care through a patient’s eyes.
“I believe that if you can remain at home then that’s the best place to be,” he said.
Zepp, of Mt. Laurel, said he always wanted to go into business and especially the health-care field. Among his previous jobs were Chief Financial Officer of the North Bay Hospital in Arkansas, Texas.
His main focus has been in finance, but as an undergraduate at The University of Richmond, in Virginia, he initially majored in pre-medicine as well.
“I was always interested in medicine and health care,” he said.
He is also actively involved with the American Cancer Society and sits on the marketing committee of the DeBorah Hospital Foundation.
Part of the objective at Liberty Healthcare Services is to see the patient as more than just an individual seeking certain services, Zepp said. The philosophy involves treating a patient with the same care and compassion that a family member would receive, said Bernadette Hrymack, director of nursing.
“It’s not just about filling a schedule or putting somebody in the home just to have a body,” she said. Hrymack, of Hamilton, has been in the nursing field since 1986 and has been the director of nursing at Liberty Healthcare Services since the start.
“We really believe in handling each case as its own unique identity and trying to identify the proper personnel for that good match so we can create a long standing relationship,” Zepp said. Those interested in utilizing the company’s services can call the office and have a registered nurse visit their home to asses the best possible program of assistance, he said.
Zepp hopes to expand this organization and open as many locations as possible, but for now his focusing all his energy on the two locations.
The Hamilton office is open Monday through Friday, but staff is on call 24 hours, 365 days a year, Zepp said.
For more information, call (609) 890-0311.