Norfolk, VA - July 28, 2003 - Sentara Home Care Services, along with home health agencies across Virginia and the nation, is participating in the Home Health Quality Initiative (HHQI) recently launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The HHQI combines health care quality information for consumers, and new educational resources for home health agencies to improve the quality of care for patients.
"Sentara Home Care Services is enthusiastic about the new program to improve patient care. Our mission has always been about providing the best care possible to our patients. We are excited about the new resources available to assist us in bringing quality of care to a new level," says Ray Darcey, Vice- President for Sentara Enterprises, with which Sentara Home Care Services is associated. "The national focus gives us an opportunity to share information and learn from other home health agencies about improving our quality of care."
The Virginia Health Quality Center, in collaboration with numerous home health organizations and advocacy groups, is providing no-cost educational and technical assistance to Sentara Home Care Services and other Virginia home health agencies. The Virginia Health Quality Center is the state's Medicare quality improvement organization.