ABOUT

Who We Serve

• Patients
• Family / Caregivers
• Primary Care
• Hospital / SNF / Rehab Dischargers
• Facilities
• Other Homecare Agencies
• Worker’s Comp

Where We Serve

The 7 County Twin Cities Metro Area

• Hennepin
• Dakota
• Carver
• Scott
• Ramsey
• Anoka
• Washington

 

Payments Accepted

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IHLC Company Background

In-Home Lab Connection (IHLC) was founded in 2002 by its two co-owners:

Kathy Valusek RN, MSN, DNP , MPH
Kathy Valusek RN, MSN, DNP , MPH

 

Barb Drealan ASCP
Barb Drealan ASCP

 

The company was created when the founders saw a huge need for laboratory specimen collection for patients who “fall through the cracks” by not qualifying for homecare (e.g. they are not “homebound”) but who need a lab draw for their care team to make clinical decisions and either the patient or their caregiver family have difficulty getting them to the lab for specimen collection. Since 2002 IHLC has been providing this “spotcare” service. For in-home venipuncture IHLC sends a very skilled, almost always “single stick” phlebotomist to
1) collect the specimen,
2) deliver it to the lab-of-record (i.e the lab associated with the patient’s electronic medical record), and
3) distribute the results; often to multiple requestors.
Spotcare is designed to enable patients to receive the care they need, when they need it (including “stat” draws), in their home and with minimal intrusion to the patient, their family and care provider. Spotcare includes other services such as footcare: a visit of 45 to 60 minutes by a skilled nurse to provide the nail and skin care often required by elderly patients but not covered by insurance payers.

Kathy and Barb continue as the sole owners.

In 2013 Skip Valusek joined the company as the Chief Operations Officer and in late 2015 was named the CEO/COO of the company. Skip is applying his background in industrial engineering, Air Force career, healthcare quality and the Baldrige quality framework and principles to guide IHLC to become the premier home health agency in the Twin Cities.

 

Skip Valusek PHD

Skip Valusek PHD


TIMELINE:

2002 Company founded
2006 Footcare added as a second “spotcare” service
2011 Certified as a Medicare home health agency
2014 “doing business as” IHLC-Homecare
2015 IHLC and Home Lab Partners re-combined as one company