MedStar Health Home Care recognized as HomeCare Elite® ‘Top Agency’

WASHINGTON – MedStar Health Home Care is one of the top performing home health agencies in the U.S. according to the 2019 HomeCare Elite Top Agency list. The Top Agency award signifies MedStar Health Home Care’s District of Columbia agency  as among the top 25% of Medicare-certified home healthcare providers across the nation when it comes to quality of care, quality improvement and consistency, patient experience (HHCAHPS), best practices implementation and financial performance. MedStar Health Home Care is one of 8,818 agencies that were evaluated, and one of just 2,207 winners.

Top Agency rankings are developed by ABILITY® Network—an information technology company, and is sponsored by DecisionHealth (part of the H3.Group). The organization also provides Top 100 and Top 500 agency awards annually. For an agency to be considered, it must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare.

“The leaders and clinical team members at our D.C. agency work very hard to provide a high level of care and quality to their patients,” said Traci Anderson, MedStar Health Home Care President. “I am very proud of the agency for earning this elite honor for the eighth year in a row, which is certainly a testament to their dedication, consistency, and focus on our mission to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”

In addition to its Washington location, MedStar Health Home Care has agencies in Maryland and northern Virginia. It is one of the region’s oldest and largest home healthcare organizations and is the only home healthcare company in the MedStar Health system.

For more information on MedStar Health Home Care, visit MedStarVNA.org. For the full 2019 HomeCare Elite agency list or to learn more about the ABILITY Network, visit AbilityNetwork.com/HomeCare-Elite.

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About MedStar Health Home Care

MedStar Health Home Care provides home healthcare services for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. A nonprofit, Joint Commission-accredited organization, MedStar Health Home Care treats patients through skilled nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapies. MedStar Health Home Care is a proud member of the MedStar Health system. For more information about MedStar Health Home Care, call 800-862-2166 or visit MedStarVNA.org.

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Local nurses honored for critical, life-saving reactions


BALTIMORE (April 2019) – A home healthcare nurses recently received awards for heroic actions that saved people’s lives. RNs at MedStar Health Home Care Heather Fitzhugh-Boehm and Jennifer Shrader were awarded MedStar Health’s 2018 Safety HeRO awards for taking charge in separate, critical moments that without intervention could have led to disastrous consequences.

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Fitzhugh-Boehm’s heroic story occurred last January when she helped rescue a family from a house fire. After finishing a home visit, Fitzhugh-Boehm noticed dark smoke in the sky. As she drove closer to it, she realized a rowhome was on fire.

Fitzhugh-Boehm immediately called 911. Then she heard someone scream.

A woman on the second floor of the house needed help. She had a baby inside and wanted to drop her out the window.

Fitzhugh-Boehm acted fast. She asked the woman to drop down a blanket she could use to catch the baby. Neighbors arrived, and with their help, Fitzhugh-Boehm was able to catch the child safely. Soon after, firefighters arrived and rescued the mother.

For her heroic actions and commitment to safety, Fitzhugh-Boehm received the 2018 Super HeRO award. 

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Shrader’s safety moment happened in the fall. During a home visit, Shrader’s patient told her he had been feeling particularly unwell that day. She urged him to go to the hospital, but the patient was hesitant. Shrader respected her patient’s wishes and instead asked him to text her later that evening when he made it upstairs safely.

After not hearing anything for several hours, Shrader returned to the house. She found the patient unconscious and bleeding from his head.

Shrader quickly tended to the patient and called an ambulance. The patient was taken and admitted to the hospital with diagnoses of sepsis and staph infection.

For her dedication to patient care and safety, Shrader received the 2018 HeRO Good Catch of the Year award.

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Both Heather Fitzhugh-Boehm and Jennifer Shrader received their awards during MedStar Health’s annual Hero Awards ceremony. The awards honor MedStar Health associates who exemplify an unwavering commitment to safety.


About MedStar Health Home Care

MedStar Health Home Care provides home healthcare services for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. A nonprofit, Joint Commission-accredited organization, MedStar Health Home Care treats patients through skilled nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapies. MedStar Health Home Care is a proud member of the MedStar Health system. For more information about MedStar Health Home Care, call 800-862-2166 or visit MedStarVNA.org.

 

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MedStar Health Home Care Invests in the Future of Home Health

MedStar Health Home Care partners with George Washington University (GWU) to educate future nurses

future nursesELKRIDGE, MD (March 29, 2017) – MedStar Health Home Care recently  teamed up with George Washington University’s School of Nursing to give future nurses valuable experience in the home healthcare industry. During a five-week program, MedStar Health Home Care’s D.C. and Suburban MD agencies will host 10 GWU nursing students, as they learn clinical home healthcare practices, regulations, and infection control methods.

Now entering into its second session, Nadine Kidd, director of Education, MedStar Health Home Care says, “The program has been a great success. The students learn about the clinical practices, challenges and benefits of home health care through a unique hands-on experience.” This partnership not only highlights MedStar Health Home Care’s commitment to education and local educational institutions, but also their effort to foster the future workforce of home health care. “These students represent our future. We want to see them succeed and help them recognize that they have options outside of the more traditional healthcare settings,” said Kidd.

MedStar Health Home Care is enthusiastic about expanding its business relationships with local universities and colleges. “We are eager to continue this program,” said Suzanne Proctor, vice president, Business Development. “Collaboration with local universities is critical to developing the clinical expertise needed to better serve our communities.

About MedStar Health Home Care

MedStar Health Home Care, a non-profit, JCAHO accredited, in-home healthcare provider, offers skilled nursing, rehabilitation and infusion therapy for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in the Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia region. To support good health in the community, MedStar Health Home Care also offers vaccinations and wellness programs across the region. For more information about MedStar Health Home Care, call 800-862-2166 or visit medstarvna.org

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MedStar Health Home Care President Named VNAA Public Policy Advocate of the Year

ELKRIDGE, MD (January 27, 2017) – MedStar Health Home Care of America (VNAA) recently honored MedStar Health Home Care President Traci Anderson with the 2016 Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award. Anderson earned this award because of her strong advocacy efforts for national and regional non-profit home healthcare providers.

In recent years, MedStar Health Home Care, a member of MedStar Health Home CareA, has proudly hosted representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on numerous occasions to discuss and address regulatory challenges experienced by home health agencies. Anderson is always willing to open MedStar Health Home Care’s doors or share internal policies and procedures to help regulators understand how regulatory requirements or pending legislation impact day-to-day business operations and patient care.

“As healthcare reform changes the way home health providers care for patients, it is important that we advocate for our patients and share our concerns,” says Anderson. “We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback to federal agencies, like CMS, and for the support of organizations like MedStar Health Home CareA. MedStar Health Home Care sees first-hand how regulatory and legislative changes impact patient care. It is a privilege and honor to be able to advocate on behalf of home health providers across the country.”

About MedStar Health Home Care

MedStar Health Home Care, a non-profit, JCAHO accredited, in-home healthcare provider, offers skilled nursing, rehabilitation and infusion therapy for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in the Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia region. To support good health in the community, MedStar Health Home Care offers traveling vaccination and wellness programs across the region. For more information about MedStar Health Home Care, call 800-862-2166 or visit medstarvna.org.

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Carrie Koenig
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