HENRY AND STARK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HOME HEALTH DIVISION NAMED TO TOP 500 OF THE 2013 HOMECARE ELITE
The Henry & Stark County Health Department Home Health Division was recently named a Top 500 HomeCare Elite home health provider in the nation. Winners of this national honor are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement, and financial performance. Health Department Home Health Staff Pictured from (front row L to R): Nancy VanWassenhove, RN (of Galva) Dee DeBrock, RN (of Geneseo), Martha Rivera, RN and Regina Siscoe (both of Kewanee). (back row L to R):Linda Carey, RN (of Kewanee), Marta Licht, CNA (of Geneseo), Gail Ripka, RN Administrator, Pam Bennett, RN Home Health Services Director, and Colleen Lewis, RN (all of Kewanee). The Health Department also notes that November is National Home Health Care month!
The Home Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments announced that it has been named to the Top 500 of the 2013 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its eighth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance.
"The 2013 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. Their success is a tribute that managing healthcare data and utilizing it for improvement initiatives lead to high quality care, and we recognize them for their outstanding achievements," said Mary Oakes, senior vice president of post-acute at National Research. "We congratulate the Henry and Stark County Health Department on being one of the top 500 home care agencies in the country."
Pam Bennett, RN Health Department Director of Home Health Services, states "I credit our staff and their dedication to quality patient care and health outcomes. In addition, our home health staff has made a goal of always keeping up-to-date on the latest trends and innovations in Home Health Care. This continues to result in better home health services being offered to our area patients."
Bennett adds, "We are so gratified that our hard work has paid off in our ability to achieve recognition as one of the Top 500 HomeCare Elite. We get so much personal satisfaction from the work we do each and every day.
However, when an independent and nationally recognized organization tells us that we are doing a great and 'industry-wide' superior job; it like a wonderful pat on the back for our entire home health staff."
"HomeCare Elite recognition continues to gain importance given the increased regulatory mandates and the threat of shrinking reimbursement revenue. Home health agencies that have earned recognition among the HomeCare Elite demonstrated that they not only can adapt to an evolving marketplace but continue to excel in clinical, patient experience, quality improvement, and financial outcomes," said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.
"HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. The shift from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance payment models is reshaping the healthcare profession. And home health is proving to be an integral part of the continuum. In the face of value-based purchasing and care delivery model changes, the metrics that make up HomeCare Elite methodology shine an accountable light on an industry that may be the lynch pin to achieving affordable care at home," said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.
The HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health profession. The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home health profession, Home Health Line.
The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of 2013 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at www.nationalresearch.com.
For more information on the Home Health Services offered through the Henry and Stark County Health Departments call the Department at (309) 852-0197 or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.
Home Health Care
If your doctor orders home nursing, physical, occupational or speech therapy, we can provide you with these services. In addition, you can choose the provider of your choice for therapy among three providers offered. They are Advanced Rehab, Kewanee Hospital Rehab and Hammond Henry Hospital Rehab.
Henry County Home Health Care services invite you to call us to discuss your home health care needs. Most often, the cost of the services is entirely covered by Medicare or private insurance. As always, the initial visit and consultation is free of charge.
To learn more about home health services, please call Pam Bennett at (309) 852-0197.
Home Health Services
SKILLED NURSING VISITS
Skilled care by experienced registered nurses is available to all residents of Henry and Stark Counties, regardless of source of payment.
Following a doctor's order, services may include:
SPEECH, OCCUPATIONAL AND PHYSICAL THERAPY
Under the direction of licensed speech, occupational and physical therapists, consultion, referral and therapy are available to eligible individuals in Henry and Stark Counties.
HOME HEALTH AIDE SERVICES
Under the direction of a registered nurse, certified aides provide personal care such as:
Range of Motion Exercises
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