October 22nd, 2008

Great River Home Health Care is among the 2008 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in the United States. This annual review identifies the Top 100 agencies, ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance. The data used for this analysis was compiled from publicly available information.

Great River Home Health Care is a service of Great River Medical Center. It is one of only three Iowa home-care agencies in the Top 100 list. In 2006 and 2007, it was on the HomeCare Elite list of the top 25 best performing home-care agencies in the country.

“To be named one of the top 100 agencies nationwide is truly humbling,” 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.”

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

The 2008 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home-health industry. The 2008 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by OCS Inc., the leading provider of health-care informatics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of home care’s most respected independent newsletter, Home Health Line.

“The 2008 HomeCare Elite winners exemplify a commitment to providing their patients with optimum care while performing at the highest level,” said Nancy Buller, senior director of marketing communications at OCS. "We congratulate Great River Home Health Care on being one of the Top 100 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, Home Health Line.

The entire list of the 2008 HomeCare Elite agencies is available on the OCS Web site, www.ocsys.com.