HomeCare Elite Designation Reflects Quality Care, Patient Experience

Colchester, VT–October 16, 2018 – The University of Vermont Health Network Home Health & Hospice (formerly VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties) has been named a 2018 HomeCare Elite agency, a designation awarded to the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. This year, 8,898 home health agencies were considered, resulting in Elite recognition for 2,223.

In partnership with Decision Health, ABILITY Network’s HomeCare Elite ranking program performs a comprehensive analysis of all home health care agencies in the country evaluating their overall performance to identify the top 25 percent of all Medicare-certified home health agencies in the United States.

“Providing care at home is critical to both patients and the healthcare delivery system as we reach to improve the outcomes and experiences of care, as well as control costs,” said Christine Lang, senior director at ABILITY. The 2018 HomeCare Elite stand out as leaders in their profession—we congratulate them on their success and thank them for their dedication.”

HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis across an array of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency and financial health. To be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcome measures in Home Health Compare – a program created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide the public with information about the quality of care provided by Medicare-certified home health agencies.

“I am thrilled that our organization has been designated a HomeCare Elite agency. The recognition that our home health and hospice nurses, rehab therapists, social workers and caregivers are among the best in the country is extremely gratifying,” says Judy Peterson, RN, President and CEO. “The patient-centered, highly skilled care they provide to people across the 22 cities and towns in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties is unmatched. Our staff serve the community with such heart each and every day, driving over one million miles a year to provide home health and hospice care to people at home and at our beloved McClure Miller Respite House. I couldn’t be prouder of the work they do.”

UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice, formerly the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, has recently changed its name to reflect its affiliation with the UVM Health Network.

About The University of Vermont Health Network Home Health & Hospice
The University of Vermont Health Network Home Health & Hospice, formerly the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, is Vermont’s oldest and largest non-profit home health and hospice agency providing medically-complex home and community-based care to individuals and families throughout Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties. Programs span a lifetime and include comprehensive nursing care for adults and children, rehabilitation services, chronic disease management, hospice and palliative care in the community and at McClure Miller Respite House, adult day programs and private care services. Last year, Home Health & Hospice served more than 5,400 individuals and provided $1.54 million in charitable care to our neighbors in need. For more information on our services and programs, please call (802) 658-1900 or visit www.UVMHomeHealth.org/.

About The University of Vermont Health Network
The University of Vermont Health Network is an integrated system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: Working together, we improve people’s lives. The partners are:

The University of Vermont Medical Center
The University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group
The University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center
The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center
The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital
The University of Vermont Health Network – Home Health & Hospice
The University of Vermont Health Network – Porter Medical Center

Our 4,000 healthcare professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our affiliates remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.