Adventist Health Home Health Services Named Top 500 Home Health Care Provider of Homecare Elite

November 9, 2009
Home Care Elite Award 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Adventist Health's Home Health Services has been named to the 2009 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the U.S. by OCS HomeCare and DecisionHealth. Adventist Health was the only agency in Portland, Ore., to be ranked among the top six percent nationwide. The annual review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.

"It's an honor to once again be recognized by OCS HomeCare and DecisionHealth as one of the HomeCare Elite," said Carmen Cafferky, administrative director for Adventist Health's Home Care Services. "This award is a testament to our incredible staff, our responsible quality care policies and Adventist Health's ongoing commitment to excellence."

Hospital Recognized for Third Consecutive Year
Adventist Health's Home Health Services, a program within its Home Care division, has been named to OCS's HomeCare Elite the past three years in a row. Adventist Health's Home Health Services bring quality care to home bound patients in the comfort of their own home, including: nursing, medical social work, physical, occupational and home infusion therapy, and telehealth.

Susan Erich, clinical manager for Adventist Health's Home Health Services, credits the Portland, Ore., hospital's commitment to personalized care, efficient distribution of resources and relentless drive to improve patient care among the leading qualities that contributed to a ranking among the 2009 HomeCare Elite.

"The 2009 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing their patients with the best possible care while performing at the highest level," said Nancy Buller, senior director of marketing communications for OCS HomeCare. "We congratulate Adventist Health's Home Care Services on being one of the Top 500 home care agencies in the country."

"DecisionHealth would like to congratulate the top HomeCare Elite agencies that achieved excellent clinical and financial outcomes by providing quality care to their patients," said Marci Heydt, executive editor of DecisionHealth's Home Health Line.

The 2009 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The 2009 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of homecare information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the homecare industry's most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line. The data used for this analysis was compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of 2009 HomeCare Elite agencies is available online at:

About Adventist Health’s Home Care Services
Adventist Health's Home Care Services, a division of Adventist Medical Center, provides hospice, home infusion, home health, personal care and home medical equipment services to patients in the Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., metropolitan area. Adventist Health's Home Care Services offer a unique blend of services designed to specifically meet the health care needs of its community. The division conducts nearly 25,000 home visits annually and operates a 17,500-square-foot building located off I-205 and Airport Way in Portland, Ore. Adventist Health's Home Care Services' team of skilled and caring medical professionals provides in-home medical support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, visit: Adventist Health Home Care Services.

About Adventist Medical Center
Adventist Medical Center (AMC), located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. The faith-based health system prides its self on providing care you can have faith in and is home to the Northwest Regional Heart Center (NRHC), respected nationally for their care of cardiac patients.

Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a not-for-profit, faith-based health system operating in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on the Seventh-day Adventist heritage of Christian health care, Adventist Health is comprised of 18 hospitals with more than 2,800 beds, nearly 18,000 employees, numerous clinics and outpatient facilities, the largest system of rural health clinics in California, 15 home care agencies and three joint-venture retirement centers with a fourth on the way. For more information, visit

About OCS HomeCare
OCS HomeCare empowers home health and hospice organizations with result-driven data intelligence plus the largest and most accurate homecare database in the industry. Homecare providers, payers, associations, government agencies, vendors and consultants all turn to OCS to elevate decision-making, raise the bar on results and bring home positive outcomes. For more information about OCS HomeCare, please visit or call 888-325-3396

About Decision Health®
For more than 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the industry's leading source for news, analysis and instructional guidance with cutting edge information sources, such as Home Health Line, OASIS-C & Outcomes Solutions, Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health and Inside the Joint Commission. Our unique blend of award-winning on-staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives, providers, healthcare organization managers and their revenue-cycle staffs enables us to provide solutions, tools and guidance that's relied on by health care professionals. For more information, please visit or call 877-602-3835.


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