Hygia Healthcare – Best Of Winner

Sam Austin and Aaron Stewart, RN

Many people have been curious about the name Hygia Healthcare. “Hygia is the mythical goddess of health and wellness,” said Co-owner Sam Austin. Together with RN Aaron Stewart and their team of caregivers, Sam provide post-acute care in the homes of patients, after they leave the hospital. The business filled a gap the two men saw in the home health industry. “I began working in healthcare on the marketing side 12 years ago,” Sam said. “I quickly fell in love with the industry and what it represented. Being able to serve patients, while making relationships with the individuals who cared for them was a dream come true for me. But the longer I worked in the industry, the more frustrated I became with the number of patients we were turning away because they were ‘high acuity’. Anyone who’s drawn to caring for people knows how frustrating it is to find a population who needs your services and not being able to provide them.”

Sam wasn’t involved in the decision making process though, so there wasn’t much he could do about it. That’s when he met RN Aaron Stewart who was working for another healthcare agency. “I saw the same compassion for individuals in Aaron and I knew he’d make a great partner,” Sam said. “He was the missing link. I was the marketing arm and with Aaron being an RN, we could make sure our service was impeccable and different. We came together and bought Hygia Healthcare.” 

Sam and Aaron’s vision for Hygia Healthcare was to provide hospital-care-type nursing in the home focusing on infusions, wound care, left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), post-transplant, facilitating ventilation, and other high-acuity clinical care. No longer would these patients have to be turned away. They’d receive the care they needed by devoted caregivers and they’d receive that care right where they needed it—in the comfort of their homes. “Extensive studies have shown that patients recover better—and faster—at home,” Sam said. “When patients return home from a hospital setting quicker, it decreases the cost to the patient and improves their rate of recovery. We use a collaborative effort with family and our nursing staff to improve patients’ health and promote and encourage independence. We place an emphasis on education of the family and the patient, making them their own best healthcare advocate.”

Sam and Aaron have fostered a community spirit within their business environment. It was in that spirit that they recently responded to the COVID challenge by feeding law enforcement officers and first responders over 250 free meals and distributing over 500 masks. They donated masks and provided fans for workers at Mission Arlington and worked with the Blessing Project in Dallas donating almost 550 pillows to the homeless.  “Our love for people is what drives us,” Sam said. “We often say, ‘Don’t treat patients. Treat people.’”


Home Health Agency

Contact

2020 E. Randol Mill Road, Suite 309
Arlington, Texas 76011
(817) 478-7600
HygiaHealthcare.com

 

 

 

 

 

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