Zia Home Health Regional Director James Chrobocinski with his Office Manager Wendy Laird in the company’s new office at 1475 Central Ave., Suite 125 adjacent to Zia Realty Group. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos businessman James Chrobocinski has taken over Four Corners Health Care and renamed it Zia Home Health.
Chrobocinski owns Zia Realty Group headquartered on the ground floor of the Community Bank Building at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Prior to getting into real estate, he worked as a registered nurse and hospital administrator in Corpus Christi and continues to stay active in the profession working as a house supervisor a couple of days a month at Los Alamos Medical Center.
“Our focus for Zia Home Health is helping DOE patients but we just had our Medicare inspection and anticipate accepting Medicare insurance by the end of April. We also accept private insurance and private pay,” Chrobocinski said.
The original home health care company was founded by a uranium mining family in Price, Utah who had learned to cope with the effects of exposure that came years later. The company expanded to other parts of Utah and New Mexico including Los Alamos where they offer services to area residents suffering from exposure to toxic substances at a Department of Energy facility or other facility covered by Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP).
The Department of Labor pays for medical care of covered conditions, allowing Zia Home Health to offer home health care at no cost to patients. Once a claim has been established through a physician, the doctor can write orders that call for the services of Zia Home Health. These services include in-home nursing care, in-home health aides, durable medical equipment and clinical case management and oversight.
“Wendy Laird is running the daily operations for us at Zia Home Health,” Chrobocinski said.
Laird served as office manager at Four Corners Health Care when it opened in town last summer. She has lived in Los Alamos for more than 40 years.
“I’m so pleased to be working with James and to continue providing home health care to our community,” Laird said.
Services provided by Zia Home Health include home health aides who assist patients with everything from cooking, cleaning, bathing and dressing to nursing and physical therapy in the home. Chrobocinski also is preparing to open a Zia Home Health office in Espanola.
“We want to expand the home health care services now offered in Los Alamos and White Rock to include the greater Espanola Valley,” he said.
Chrobocinski, 42, was elected in November to the Los Alamos County Council. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, the Los Alamos Housing Partnership and serves as president of Los Alamos County Little League Boys Baseball & Girls Softball.
For more information about Zia Home Health, contact Laird at 505.662.7361 or 505.412.1420.