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Visiting Nurse and Community Health named top home health agency

Posted by Liam O'Kennedy  November 14, 2012 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Visiting Nurse and Community Health, Inc.:

Visiting Nurse and Community Health (VNCH) has been named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.  Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and VNCH has received this recognition all seven years.  Winners 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.

VNCH’s Chief Executive Officer Maureen K. Thompson, RN, MSM, CHCE, attributes Visiting Nurse and Community Health’s high quality of care and an agency-wide commitment to treating every patient with dignity, respect and individualized care as the reasons VNCH has consistently ranked as one of the HomeCare Elite since 2006.  She said, “To be recognized as being among the top home health care agencies in the country is a tremendous honor and accomplishment for all of us at Visiting Nurse and Community Health.  This achievement is a direct result of the high level of care and caring the patients entrusted to us receive from each and every member of our staff, including clinicians, therapists, social workers, Hospice Care staff, home health aides, and everyone involved in the agency’s daily operations.  I am incredibly proud of their accomplishment, and even prouder to be a part of such a high-caliber agency.”

Susan L. Henricks, President and COO of National Research Corporation, the parent company of OCS HomeCare, said, “The 2012HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community.  Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, ACOs, and other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum.  Again, this year, we updated our methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused healthcare landscape and national value-based purchasing trends.  We congratulate Visiting Nurse and Community Health on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

About VNCH 

For over 110 years, VNCH, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has had a deep rooted tradition of providing quality care to patients in their homes by the most competent clinicians  VNCH continues to evolve and make the changes necessary to be the preferred home health, hospice and private care provider in eastern Massachusetts.  VNCH uses modern, state-of-the art medical technology to help achieve its goals.  To learn more about VNCH, visit the agency’s website at www.TheVisitingNurses.com.

VNCH serves the following communities: Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Chelsea, Concord, Everett, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Revere, Somerville, Stoneham, Tyngsboro, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Westford, Weston, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop, and Woburn.

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