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PUBLISHED: 6:04 PM on Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Ketchikan General Hospital Home Health Agency named to 2007 HomeCare Elite
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan General Hospital Home Health Agency has received an "Award of Excellence" and named to the 2007 HomeCare Elite. This annual review identifies the top 25 percent best performing Medicare-certified home care agencies in the country. HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the Home Health industry. Denali Home Health and Hospice was the only other Alaska agency to receive the designation.

Exactly 7,422 agencies were involved in the study.

"I am very happy and proud to receive this award on behalf of the KGH Home Health agency," said Shannon Updike, home health manager. "We have worked very hard to develop a quality program that we can practice and manage efficiently, and that enables us to capture the needed data while providing professional, evidence-based, compassionate care to the patients we serve."

The designation is determined by OCS, Outcome Concepts Systems, Inc., the leading post-acute care information gathering company. OCS collects data information to create databases, benchmarking data, and best practices to examine and promote efficient business practices, quality care, quality improvement, and financial performance.

"We applaud the success of all the providers named to the 2007 HomeCare Elite," said Bill Bassett, senior director of market strategy at OCS, Inc. "Being noted as one of the top performers in the nation in this very competitive environment shows that Ketchikan General Hospital's Home Health Agency is dedicated to quality and performance"


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