Affinity Visiting Nurses among top 25 percent in nation
01 / 22 / 2008
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
NEENAH, Wis.--Affinity Visiting Nurses has been named to the 2007 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in the United States. This annual review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies, ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.
The 2007 HomeCare Elite also indicates those providers who are included in the Top 100 and Top 500 of providers nationwide. The data used for this analysis was compiled from publicly available information.
"We applaud the success of all the providers named to the 2007 HomeCare Elite," said Bill Bassett, senior director of Market Strategy OCS, Inc. "Being noted as one of the top performers in the nation in this very competitive environment shows that Affinity Visiting Nurses is dedicated to quality and performance."
Jamie Potopinski, director of Home health Services for Affinity Visiting Nurses, credits the diligence of her team in focusing on quality care and their commitment to customer service with the company's ability to rank as one of the HomeCare Elite. "We are all thrilled to have been given this national status," she said. "We work very hard to ensure the best care is given to each of our patients, and this is proof of that dedication."
The 2007 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The 2007 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by OCS, Inc., the leading provider of healthcare informatics and DecisionHealth, publisher of home care's most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line. The entire list of the 2007 HomeCare Elite agencies can be viewed by visiting the OCS Web site at www.ocsvs.com.
Affinity Visiting Nurses, a member of Ministry Home Care, provides home health care to patients throughout the Lake Winnebago region, with outreach to 13 area counties. Affinity Visiting Nurses' home heatlh team brings professional rehabilitative and nursing services to individuals in their homes, allowing them to achieve optimal recovery from illness or injury, regaining the independence that allows them to stay in the comfort of their own home. For more information, visit www.affinityvisitingnurse.org.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.