• Hill Country Memorial Home Care team members, from left, Jaye Kenyon, RN; Nursing Supervisor Suzette Stone, RN; Bobby Shaffer, PT; Tammy Rohlf; Marvin Rusche, RN; Krysta Brown, RN; Director of Post-Acute Care Services Karen O’Rourke, RN, and Director of Home Care Russell Nemky, PT, DPT, gather to mark the organization’s accreditation and recent designation. — Submitted photo

HCM earns Home Care designations

Hill Country Memorial Home Care was named a 2017 HomeCare Elite organization for the 12th consecutive year, it was announced in October.

The HomeCare Elite designation recognizes the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified home health care agencies in the nation.

To determine the top organizations, HomeCare Elite examined publicly available data from more than 9,000 home care agencies in 2017.

“To earn this recognition for more than 10 years reflects our team’s ongoing commitment to the long-term health of the community and the region,” said HCM Home Care Director Russell Nemky.

In order to be considered, a home health care agency must be Medicare-certified, meaning that the agency is approved by Medicare and meets certain federal health and safety requirements.

An agency must also have data for at least three categories in Home Health Compare, a program administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Home Health Compare compiles information about the quality of care provided by home health agencies throughout the nation that allows individuals to compare home health agencies.

“The team at Hill Country Memorial has demonstrated an impressive ability to deliver great patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “This is due to the skill and dedication of their clinical professionals, as well as the proficiency and efforts of their quality team tracking, measuring and interpreting the data that supports the delivery of care. Together, they have earned this recognition as one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

The HomeCare Elite program was developed by ABILITY Network and sponsored by Decision Health to examine quality of care, quality improvement, patient experience, and process implementation.

Additionally, HCM Home Care was named in the top 20 percent in the nation for patient satisfaction as measured by Strategic Healthcare Programs in 2017.

This recognition shows that HCM Home Care outperformed 80 percent of home health agencies in keeping patients informed and caring for them in a kind, professional way.

“Most people will need home health or home care services in their lifetimes. We put our hearts into this work year after year to help them get better as soon as possible,” said Nemky. “It’s our job and our calling to ensure our clients receive compassionate care that keeps them well.”

Hill Country Memorial Home Care is accredited by The Joint Commission.

More information on its accreditation and awards can be found at www.hillcountrymemorial.org/quality.

Named HomeCare Elite organization for 12th consecutive year

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