St. Joseph's Home Health Named as a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite

01/07/2015

St. Joseph’s Home Health Named as a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite                

Dickinson, ND — St. Joseph’s Home Health announces that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and 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. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 are elite.

"The 2014 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing high quality care in their home health communities and we recognize them for their remarkable achievements,” said Mary Oakes, Senior Vice President of Post-Acute at National Research. “We congratulate St. Joseph’s Home Health on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

Jil Baird, Director of St. Joseph’s Home Health and Heartland Hospice, credits quality improvement and patient satisfaction with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite.

“HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. In today’s healthcare ecosystem, it is imperative that our seniors have access to quality home healthcare in order to ensure better patient outcomes and improve overall cost, and therefore, home healthcare continues to remain an integral part of the care continuum. The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management lead to success,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of Decision Health.

St. Joseph’s Home Health and Heartland Hospice provide medical services that come to you, wherever you call home.  SJHH offers a continuity of care that’s hard to find.  The same providers you know and trust provide home health services and are there to transition to hospice care if you need it.  Our experienced team knows you and your medical needs.  You will not have to retell your story to a different caregiver each week; we have been part of your journey and are honored to continue to provide quality care. 

St. Joseph’s Home Health services provide nursing and rehabilitation care to patients following an illness, a hospitalization/surgery or a nursing home stay.  Our staff will work with you and your physician to determine the type of home health services that will help you the most.  The range of our home health services includes:  skilled nursing care, home infusion therapy, speech, physical and occupational therapy, wound care, home health aide services and social services.  Home health is open to people of any age.

Heartland Hospice provides comfort and quality for terminally ill.  Hospice is a philosophy of care.  It treats the person rather than the disease and focuses on quality of life.  Hospice is for people who have a limited life expectancy of six months or less if the disease follows its normal course.  This doesn’t mean the patient is going to die in the next six months – it simply means dying is a realistic possibility. 

The hospice team helps patients remain comfortable, alert and able to participate in life as fully as possible.  There are no age restrictions, and all end-of-life diagnoses are eligible for hospice services.  The patient and family receive physical, emotional and spiritual support from the hospice care team; nurses, home health aides, physicians, pastoral care staff, social workers, volunteers, spiritual support and bereavement services.  Hospice care may be provided at home or in assisted living and nursing facilities.  Hospice services begin with admission and include bereavement care for up to 13 months.  Home health and hospice nurses are on call for patients and families 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

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