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CEO Ameila Campbell Amponsem and husband Steven Amponsem of AC Home Health Agency stand in front of their location in the Crenshaw Square on Crenshaw in between 39th Street and Coliseum Blvd
Photo by Brian W. Carter
Local company serves South L.A. residents
“Our thinking as a company has been to not just provide quality health care but to be a resource for people to understand how to access their health benefits,” explained Sharon Selico, chief administrator at AC Home Health Agency in Crenshaw Square.
“Many times it gets complicated, especially for our senior citizens.”
AC’s CEO, Amelia Campbell Amponsem started the agency in 1993 after she discovered that very few home health agencies wanted to provide care in the South Central area mainly because of its reputation for crime and violence. But not only was Campbell Amponsem, a registered nurse, unafraid, she was also determined… and passionate. So much so, she started the agency with nothing but that— determination.
“I was going through a rough time in my life where I had to file bankruptcy,” recalled Campbell Amponsem who will be retiring this year and handing her responsibilities over to Selico and her two sons Gary and Richard Palmer.
“I knew it was a good idea and [the more] I prayed about it, it became impacted in my soul.”
So, she said, she would work as a night nurse through different agencies, visiting homes and taking care of patients to pay the bills. During the day, she would run her own agency from a small home office.
“I did have a nurse who was my partner at the time,” she said.
“We both ran the agency for several years until we were able to hire other people.”
These days, AC is comprised of three companies and hundreds of employees who offer all aspects of care to the homebound patient.
“We start with nonmedical custodial care,” Selico explained.
“The care giver goes into the home and helps a person with activities of daily living, [such as] cooking, bathing, personal hygiene issues or maybe light house cleaning, accompanying them to the doctor… extra help at home. Then, say if that senior’s health needs begin to increase, we can work with that senior to provide home health services, skilled nursing and therapy service.”
The agency is Medicare/ Medi-Cal certified, she said and accepts almost every private insurance.
“The largest in this area would be L.A. Care and we work with all the hospitals,” she continued.
“Say if we have that same person now, who is in advanced stage and may have a prognosis of six months or less overtime and so that person now then can transition to our hospice care where we deal with end of life issues.
So we definitely can take care of someone across the continuum of the health care spectrum. And the same caregiver can follow them from transition-to-transition, intervention-to-intervention or if we decide other caregivers are appropriate, we work with the family or with the patients themselves…”
For her part, Campbell Amponsem, who gives her husband Steven Amponsem credit for being her biggest supporter throughout the years, will still hold the title of CEO at AC but now that she’s retiring, she plans to travel and get more involved with her church. She is very confident, she said, in Selico’s abilities as well as those of her two sons.
For more information, AC Home Health Agency Inc. is located in the Crenshaw Square Plaza at 3870 Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles CA. You may visit their website at www.achomehealth.com. You may also contact them at (323) 294-5189 or by fax at (323) 294-5102.