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Catholic Health East Receives National Award for Home Health and Hospice Strategic Planning Efforts

Newtown Square, Pa., Thursday, October 7, 2010 – Catholic Health East (CHE), one of the nation’s largest Catholic health systems, is the recipient of a 2010 Vision Award honoring and recognizing home health and hospice providers that are actively engaged in strategic initiatives to improve quality of care and organizational performance.

The award was presented by OCS HomeCare, a leading data intelligence firm and the national leader in performance improvement benchmarking, reporting and analytics for home health and hospice organizations.

“In an effort to drive CHE’s performance to achieve top decile in key metrics in home care, CHE worked closely with stakeholders at our home health and hospice programs, at the System office, and with vendors to collaboratively develop a standard, yet flexible System-level dashboard related to quality and service outcomes that executives could use to track overall progress on these metrics. From a System perspective, it shows where CHE can come together to leverage its successes and opportunities,” said Pam Carroll Solomon, director, quality services.

“In our constantly changing payment reform and regulatory environment, we were very impressed with our clients’ ability to keep their focus on improving operational performance and elevating patient care, said Amanda Twiss, CEO of OCS HomeCare. “This year’s OCS Vision Award winners clearly demonstrate their ability to rise above rapid regulatory changes while continuing to raise their financial and clinical performance to new heights.”

Catholic Health East is a multi-institutional Catholic health system, co-sponsored by nine religious congregations and Hope Ministries, a Public Juridic Person within Catholic Health East. Based in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, the System provides the means to ensure the continuation of the Catholic identity and operational strength of the sponsors’ health ministries, which are located in 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida. The CHE system includes 34 acute care hospitals, four long-term acute care hospitals, 25 freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities, 14 assisted-living facilities, four continuing care retirement communities, eight behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, 37 home health/hospice agencies, and numerous ambulatory and community-based health agencies. Catholic Health East facilities employ more than 54,000 full-time employees as partners in ministry.

OCS HomeCare empowers home health and hospice organizations with results-driven data intelligence, plus the largest and most accurate homecare databases for those industries. Homecare providers, payers, associations, government agencies, vendors, and consultants all turn to OCS to elevate decision-making, raise the bar on results, and bring home positive outcomes. For more information about OCS HomeCare, please visit or call 888.325.3396.