January 16th, 2007

Great River Home Health Care is among the 2006 HomeCare Elite, the inaugural compilation of the most successful home-care providers in the United States.

The review names the Medicare-certified agencies whose performance measures in quality, improvement and financial performance are among the top 25 percent of providers nationwide. The 2006 HomeCare Elite also ranked those in the Top 100 and Top 500 of providers nationwide. The review was compiled by OCS Inc. and DecisionHealth.

“We applaud the success of all the providers named to the 2006 HomeCare Elite,” said Bill Bassett, senior director of market strategy at OCS Inc. “Being noted as one of the top performers in the nation in this very competitive environment shows that Great River Home Health Care is dedicated to quality and performance.”

A part of Great River Medical Center, Great River Home Health Care provides professional services in the home for the acutely and chronically ill. Specific services include:

• Companion care
• Home-care aides
• Intravenous therapy
• Laboratory specimen collections
• Occupational therapy
• Physical therapy
• Skilled nursing care
• Social services
• Speech pathology
• Wound and ostomy care

“This is a great honor,” said Chris Oleson, director, Great River Home Health Care. “Our staff works hard to meet our patients’ needs, and this is a result of their dedication to high-quality patient care and customer satisfaction.”

The 2006 HomeCare Elite is the first performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The data used for this analysis was compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of the 2006 HomeCare Elite agencies is available on the OCS Web site, www.ocsys.com.

“As performance improvement, both clinical and financial, continues to be a critical metric for home-care agencies, it’s wonderful that we now have an award that recognizes our industry’s highest achievers,” said Tonya Nevin, executive publisher of DecisionHealth, which publishes home care’s most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line. “We congratulate Great River Home Health Care on being one of the top 25 percent of best-performing home-care agencies in the country.”

OCS is a health-care information company with the nation’s largest and most comprehensive set of measures spanning clinical outcomes, financial performance, resource utilization, patient satisfaction and operational indicators for home-care, hospice and private-duty programs.