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PHA recognizes CHOP Home Care
with Best Practices Award 

June 2013 — Further demonstrating the quality of care delivered by the state’s in-home healthcare and hospice providers, the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) homecare association logohas recognized Children’s Hospital Home Care with the Gold Award in its Best Practices in Homecare and Hospice Awards program. The award was presented recently at PHA’s Annual Conference and Exposition in State College.

Children’s Hospital Home Care was selected from entries across the state for its initiative “Pediatric Home Ventilator Program Sets the Standard.”

“CHOP Home Care’s Home Ventilator Program supports a safe and smooth transition from the hospital to the home for ventilator dependent children," says Lori Kramer, AVP of CHOP Home Care. "An interdisciplinary team, including inpatient hospital staff, home care clinicians, community agency resources, along with the patient and family, participates. We have been working diligently over the past few years to enhance our program with evidence-based practices that support teamwork, patient safety, quality patient care, and promotes the highest quality of life for our patients and their families.”

PHA established the Best Practices awards in 2010 to showcase the home care and hospice industry as a whole for its exceptional, yet often unrecognized work and contributions to the healthcare continuum. It is estimated that more than one million Pennsylvanians receive home care and hospice services each year and research shows that home care presents significant cost savings to both Medicare and Medicaid compared to institutional-based care.

Children’s Hospital Home Care was selected by a committee of peers, as well as a panel of healthcare experts and state officials.

“Healthcare is changing by the minute,” said Vicki Hoak, PHA CEO. “We applaud The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Home Care for their innovative spirit and for leading the way for other home care providers to not only survive, but thrive in the new healthcare delivery system.”

Children's Hospital Home Care, a department of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, is dedicated to providing family-centered care in the home. In support of CHOP’s mission and values, the Home Care interdisciplinary team provides an important link in the continuum of care between the hospital and the community. CHOP Home Care’s mission is to provide safe, innovative, fiscally-responsible home care services to patients from infancy to adulthood that improve their health outcomes and positively impacts their quality of life.

Lessons Learned: Implementing Practices
to Improve CLABSI Rates

June 2013 — Children’s Hospital Home Care invested time and focused, sustained efforts in implementing the World Health Organization’s Five Moments for Hand Hygiene as part of a safety initiative in reducing its rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI).

Implementation resulted in:

Verna Cole, PhD, education and developmental liaison, and Kelly Monacella-Duffy, MSN, RN, home health clinical operations manager, both of Children's Hospital Home Care, published their findings in Patient Safety InSight, the online magazine of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety. Read an excerpt of the article or download the full version of Lessons Learned.

CHOP Home Care's home ventilation
program featured in AARC Times 

October 2012 — Two leaders of CHOP Home Care recently published "A Hospital-to-Home Program for Ventilator-dependent Children Sets the Standard of Care" in the October 2012 issue of AARC Times, the official publication of the American Association for Respiratory Care. 

The article, by John Tamasitis, RRT-NPS, and Lynn Shesser, MBA, MSN, RN, wrote about how home mechanical ventilation of children with chronic or degenerative respiratory and neuromuscular disorders can be a practical alternative to institutional care.

Advances in portable medical technologies and therapies, a focus on family-centered care, and upfront dialogue with third-party payors have contributed to safe and successful experiences in home ventilation. The home ventilator program of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is an interdisciplinary initiative between CHOP’s inpatient units and its Home Care department for children who require chronic respiratory mechanical support and weaning.

CHOP's comprehensive team of healthcare professionals provide an abundance of expertise, education, communication and collaboration to support families in successfully bringing high-tech respiratory care into the home.

The program is unique in its interdisciplinary and interdepartmental programming that seamlessly transitions patients across the continuum of care while also creating a recognized standard of care and promoting best practices for
the community.

Download a copy of "A Hospital-to-Home Program for Ventilator-dependent Children Sets the Standard of Care."


Date: July 2013

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