Olympic Medical Home Health Named to Homecare Elite for 8TH Year in a Row
PORT ANGELES (November 14, 2013) – Despite industry-wide deep reimbursement cuts by Medicare and other regulatory challenges, Olympic Medical Home Health continues to shine on, providing compassionate, quality care to patients throughout Clallam County and west Jefferson County. For the eighth year in a row, the local home health agency achieved HomeCare Elite status as a top agency.
Olympic Medical Home Health has been recognized in the Top 500 four times, as well as the Top 100 four times – one of only 10 agencies in the United States who have been named to the Top 500 or better since the award’s inception eight years ago. It is one of three agencies in Washington State to receive Top 500 recognition in 2013, and the only one in Western Washington.
“We take enormous pride in achieving the Top 500 HomeCare Elite every year. Only nine other home health agencies in the country have accomplished this, and we know in order for us to continue this legacy we cannot take it for granted,” says Fran Sisson, administrator, Olympic Medical Home Health. “The team at Olympic Medical Home Health works tremendously hard to offer this valuable service to our community with the highest level of quality, safety and expertise. The HomeCare Elite award, along with the measures it evaluates, validates our efforts.”
“Our home health agency is simply one of the best in the state and the country in providing great care to patients,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer, Olympic Medical Center. “I congratulate Fran and her outstanding team on once again earning this award.”
OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading products for home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the respected independent home care profession newsletter, Home Health Line, sponsor the award. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience, 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.
About Olympic Medical Home Health
Olympic Medical Home Health is a Medicare-certified, state-licensed home health agency, and a division of Olympic Medical Center. Olympic Medical Home Health is an active partner in restoring individuals to optimum wellness, comfort and independence in their own home. Referrals may be made by any physician, agency, facility or concerned person. Olympic Medical Home Health provides:
· Wound care specialist
· Physical, speech and occupational therapy
· Home health aides
· Medical social workers
· Care Transitions coaching for patients discharging from local hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities in Clallam County.
· Chronic care management
· 24/7 on call for home health patients and selected cancer center patients.
For more information on services and home health care planning, please go to www.OlympicMedical.org, click on “Services” then “Home Health.”
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.