PUBLISHED: 2:32 PM on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Juneau health agencies join national campaign
Twelve of Alaska's 14 home health agencies, including two Juneau agencies, have joined the 2007 Home Health Quality Improvement national campaign, according to a registration list published Jan. 19. The campaign was launched Jan. 11, by home health leaders at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services headquarters in Baltimore, Md.

Cornerstone Home Health and Hospice and Home Care of Juneau will spend the next 12 months working to reduce avoidable hospitalizations of their patients, a situation which can bring more financial and emotional stress to already concerned families. Nationally, 28 percent of home health patients-more than one in four-are hospitalized.

Kim Redifer, director of Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, said her agency was eager to sign on.

"Any campaign to improve quality of care gets our attention," Redifer said. "We want the consumers of our services to have the best care possible."

Sabrina Smith, assistant administrator of Cornerstone Home Health, said the campaign's goal was right in step with the agency's: keeping patients at home.

A complete list and more information about the campaign is available at