Posted by Ellen Lash, Director of Healthcare Operations

The JF&CS Visiting Nurse Association has met the highest standards of excellence in the home health industry. Based on a site visit performed in June 2010, the Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP) accredited our VNA for the next three year cycle. The CHAP site visitor stated that the bottom line for her is whether or not she would let her mother receive care from a particular home health agency. After a week of evaluating the clinical care and operations of the JF&CS VNA, her answer was a definite YES!

CHAP, an independent, non-profit home and community-based health care accrediting body, objectively validates the excellence of community health care practice through consistent measurement of the delivery of quality services. The CHAP Standards of Excellence evaluate management, quality, available resources, and long-term viability as well as clinical care and outcomes.

JF&CS Visiting Nurse Association has been proud to offer Medicare-certified home health services since 1985. Whether delivering services after a hospitalization or directly from a community setting, JF&CS is able to respond with an integrated continuum of quality care that allows patients to remain safely in their homes and in the community for as long as possible. Learn more about our VNA services, including skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapies, certified home health aides, and medical social work.

Ms. Lash, who received her BA in Healthcare Administration from Stonehill College, has worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years. Her particular expertise is in home care administration, with experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Ms. Lash has been with JF&CS since 1995 and has been the director of our home health and home care programs since 2005.