Arbor Hospice and Arbor Palliative Care win CHAP accreditation
Posted: July 22, 2014ANN ARBOR, Mich., (July 9, 2014) – The Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP) announced that Arbor Hospice has been awarded accreditation under the CHAP Hospice Standards of Excellence. This is the fourth consecutive year CHAP accreditation has been sought and awarded to Arbor Hospice. For the first time the accreditation also includes Arbor Palliative Care, a pre-hospice home-based consultative service aimed at improving a patient’s quality of life by alleviating the symptoms of serious illness. CHAP accreditation demonstrates that Arbor Hospice meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards. Rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of services and products, human and financial resources, and long term viability. Arbor Hospice is continually working closely with the CHAP team to ensure the highest quality of service is provided to patients and their families. “As Arbor Hospice continues to grow, we will always be driven by our mission to give comfort, assurance and care to families and patients who have life-limiting illnesses. Continuing to meet the industry’s highest quality standards is forefront in achieving our mission,” said Gloria Danna Brooks, Arbor Hospice president and chief executive officer. Arbor Hospice has been a certified Medicare hospice provider since 1984. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires periodic surveys of certified hospice providers. Once a hospice becomes accredited, holding itself to higher quality standards, it can combine the CMS survey with the CHAP accreditation survey to receive ‘deemed status’ which suffices as the certification survey. Arbor Hospice first achieved this status in June 2011. “We are very pleased that Arbor Hospice chose CHAP accreditation,” said Michael S. Grogan, senior vice president of business development. “Voluntarily selecting to achieve CHAP accreditation and meeting our high standards of excellence demonstrates Arbor Hospice’s commitment to quality.” The nonprofit hospice provides a variety of end-of-life and grief support services to patients and their families in communities throughout southeast Michigan. Arbor Hospice and Arbor Palliative Care are proud to retain CHAP’s high standard of excellence. About Arbor Hospice, The Arbor Hospice Foundation and Arbor Palliative Care Since 1984 Arbor Hospice, headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, has been committed to providing quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout southeast Michigan. Arbor Hospice is integrated into the community with the help of its experienced staff and caring volunteers through its certified hospice and palliative care services, inpatient hospice facility, grief support services and community education programs. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org or call (888) 992-2273. • The Arbor Hospice Foundation, which provides financial and philanthropic support to advance the mission of Arbor Hospice. Founded in 2002, The Arbor Hospice Foundation strives to meet the ongoing needs of patients and families served by Arbor Hospice through the generosity of individual donors, corporate partners and foundation support. To make a tax-deductible contribution or for more information visit https://www.arborhospice.org/foundation-donation/donate-today or call (734) 794-5338. • Arbor Palliative Care, a consultative service founded in 2012, is designed to provide comfort care to people who are not hospice eligible or who choose not to enroll in hospice. Physicians and nurse practitioners, who specialize in palliative or comfort care, work with patients’ physicians to assess and address pain and other distressing symptoms associated with advanced illness. Patients who are at least 18 years of age with uncontrolled symptoms are eligible for this in-home care. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Arbor Hospice and The Arbor Hospice Foundation are tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations annually serving more than 9,000 patients and families in Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. About Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. CHAP is an independent, not-for-profit, accrediting body for community-based health care organizations. Created in 1965, CHAP was the first to recognize the need and value for accreditation in community-based care. CHAP is the oldest, national, community-based accrediting body with more than 5,000 agencies currently accredited nationwide. Through “deeming authority” granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CHAP has the regulatory authority to survey agencies providing home health, hospice, and home medical equipment services, to determine if they meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation and CMS Quality Standards. CHAP’s purpose is to define and advance the highest standards of community-based care. For more information about the CHAP accreditation process, please visit the CHAP website at www.chapinc.org. For additional information on CHAP, please contact Michael S. Grogan, Senior Vice President of Business Development, at 202.862.3413 or email@example.com.
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