Agency earns home care recognition

Home Care of the Grand Valley has once again earned recognition as one of the top-performing home health agencies in the country.

Home Care of the Grand Valley has been named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite.

Sue Brown, chief executive officer of the Grand Junction-based home health care agency, credited a dedicated staff that cares about its patients as well as an ongoing commitment to excellence and integrity.

“We were absolutely thrilled to be recognized again this year for excellence in quality of care and service as well as fiscal responsibility,” Brown said. “This is no small feat in these uncertain times.”

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 of quality outcomes, best practices, patient experiences, quality improvement and financial performance.

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corp., a provider of home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line, a newsletter for the home health industry.

Out of 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 were deemed elite. Home Care of the Grand Valley is one of only 164 agencies in the nation that have won the award every year it’s been offered.

“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 care at National Research. “We congratulate Home Care of the Grand Valley on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group of Decision Health, said the HomeCare Elite recognition represents a significant acknowledgement.

“In today’s health care ecosystem, it is imperative that our seniors have access to quality home health care in order to ensure better patient outcomes and improve overall cost, and therefore, home health care continues to remain an integral part of the care continuum,” Heydt said. “The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience and financial management lead to success.”

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