HealthKeeperz was founded by Howard Brooks in 1966 in Pembroke, North Carolina. Through the years, HealthKeeperz has had one goal: to meet the health care requirements of the people of North Carolina.
It all started when Brooks opened the first neighborhood pharmacy in Pembroke, the Pembroke Drug Center, to serve locals and those from surrounding regions. Brooks incrementally increased the services offered, which eventually led to home health care. As a result of this achievement, the organization is now certified by Medicare to offer home health care, sending nurses, physical therapists, and other medical professionals to the residences of patients who need their services.
Over the years, the company has actively sought out new opportunities to broaden its service portfolio. Now,, HealthKeeperz provides four primary services; Community Alternatives Program (CAP) Case Management, home health care, durable medical equipment delivery, and hospice care.
Case Management Services
A primary goal of CAP — which is connected to Medicaid in North Carolina — is to provide patients with a range of care options. Care at home is an alternative for those who would otherwise need to be admitted to a skilled nursing facility but who satisfy the necessary criteria for their own health, safety, and comfort.
Since the inception of CAP Case Management, HealthKeeperz has extended its services over all of southeastern North Carolina. HealthKeeperz’s target demographic is Medicare-eligible seniors over the age of 65. A hip or knee replacement is a common procedure for this population. They may also be dealing with other chronic ailments that need constant attention. HealthKeeperz also serves a lesser percentage of patients covered by Medicaid.
HealthKeeperz President Tim Brooks comments, “Achieving health at home is important to us, and we want to do everything we can to facilitate it. It is our responsibility to ensure that the persons in our care get necessary medical attention and are otherwise happy and healthy.”
Like his father, the company’s founder, Tim Brooks is always developing new ways to use the company’s network of case managers.
Concerning the CAP initiative, Brooks said, “There’s always a need or desire for people to not have to function within silos in health care. Case management acts as the glue that binds together previously isolated domains, paving the opportunity for novel applications of previously developed concepts.”
According to Brooks, “For instance, individuals typically have a mix of illnesses, such as heart disease and mental health difficulties. With CAP, these illnesses are not handled alone, but rather in a fashion that facilitates collaboration among medical professionals so that the patient receives the best treatment possible.”
While HealthKeeperz is built on a foundation of faith, employees aren’t required to adhere to any particular religious belief..
Every employee is eligible for a Barnabas Award, named after the disciple of Jesus whose name means “son of encouragement. The Barnabas Award is given quarterly to an employee who best exemplifies the company’s ideals.
Tim Brooks says, “I think we can expand upon the concept of thriving, and the outcomes will be enormous. I will consider my career a success if HealthKeeperz has accomplished that goal.”