Thursday, October 30, 2003

Hope Hospice Accredited for High Standards of Excellence

The Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), the national leader in improving the quality of care in the home care industry, has granted Accreditation to Hope Hospice. The Accreditation comes after an exhaustive review of every aspect of Hope’s operations, policies and procedures.

One of CHAP’s primary objectives is to enable hospices and other health care organizations to develop and maintain state-of-the art national standards of excellence. A CHAP team member said that it was “extremely rare” for an organization to score as well as Hope Hospice did on the initial CHAP assessment. According to the CHAP report, “The organization is commended for fostering a corporate climate of innovation and direction for the future.”

“We are proud to receive this professional verification of the high standards we adhere to,” said Samira K. Beckwith, Hope Hospice President and CEO. “This accreditation acknowledges our commitment to providing the best possible care to the people we serve.” The CHAP report listed several organizational strengths:

- High employee morale and job satisfaction contribute to a positive work environment.
- Experienced management team and Board of Directors who are committed to quality care, standards of excellence and the development of their innovative World Class Performance Program, all of which are integral in addressing the palliative care needs of communities served.
- Collaboration with the educational community to increase students’ awareness of palliative care opportunities.
- Bereavement outreach extends beyond hospice families to the entire community.

The CHAP Accreditation is in effect for three years. For more information about CHAP, visit www.chapinc.org