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Grande Ronde Hospital Home Health Services Ranks Top 100 in the Nation

Hospital news | Friday, October 20, 2017

Contact: Mardi Ford

LA GRANDE — Grande Ronde Hospital (GRH) today announced that its Home Health Services was named as one of the Top 100 of the 2017 HomeCare Elite® in the nation. The Elite® award is recognition for the top 25 percent of home health agencies in the United States.

GRH Home Health Services has the further distinction of being one of only two HomeCare Elite® agencies in the state of Oregon to earn that ranking. GRH Home Health and Hospice Department manager Julie Parks, RN, received the good news last week.

“I am so proud of our staff– it is a great honor for us. We already believe we deliver the best of care and know that our patients are in very good hands, but this recognition underscores the passion we feel for what we do every single day. Along with the recognition for Hospice we received this past July, 2017 has been a great year for us,” she said.

In the United States, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a designated 9,064 agencies. Of those, 2,268 ranked as HomeCare Elite (25%). Only 13 of the 2,268 elite are in Oregon and of those 13, one made it into the top 500, and two made it into the top 100 – one of those being GRH Home Health.

Doug Romer, Executive Director of Patient Care Services credits Julie Parks and her incredible team with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite.

Our Joint Commission accredited home care staff provide excellent patient care and clearly are some of the most compassionate caregivers I have the privilege with which to work, said Romer.

For the past 12 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. The HomeCare Elite® ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.

“The team at Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services has demonstrated an impressive ability to deliver great patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “This is due to the skill and dedication of their clinical professionals, as well as the proficiency and efforts of their quality team tracking, measuring and interpreting the data that supports the delivery of care. Together, they have earned this recognition as one of the top 100 home care agencies in the country.”

“Congratulations to those leading agencies that earned a spot on the list of the top 100 HomeCare Elite,” said Marci Heydt, senior content manager for DecisionHealth. “Grande Ronde Hospital’s Home Care Services and its peers have worked hard to improve quality outcomes, which is increasingly difficult as home health agencies faced increased regulatory burdens each year.”

HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial health. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare.

The entire list of 2017 HomeCare Elite agencies is available at

Grande Ronde Hospital, Inc. is a state and nationally recognized and award winning not-for-profit health system that includes a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and10 outpatient clinics and one virtual care clinic. We are located in Union County, Oregon, serving our base population of more than 25,000 residents, as well as providing services for the greater Eastern Oregon region. Since 1907, Grande Ronde Hospital has led this region in efforts to stabilize and secure rural health care services for the communities we serve, while also working to improve the quality of life of all our residents. Today we employ more than 700 people, all dedicated to providing quality health care services to our patients. We offer a broad range of diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic outpatient services, a Level IV Trauma Emergency Services Department, a Family Birthing Center; Physical, Occupational and Speech Rehabilitation Therapy and Sports Medicine Services, and Home Care Services providing both home health and hospice care needs. We also operate 11 primary and specialty care clinics: the Cardiology Clinic, the Elgin Clinic, the Hematology & Oncology Clinic, the Neurology Clinic, the ReadyCare Clinic, the Regional Medical Clinic, the Sleep Clinic, the Specialty Clinic (General Surgery, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Otolaryngology (ENT), Urology, and Wound/Ostomy Care), the Walk-In Clinic, the Union Clinic, and the Women’s & Children’s Clinic (Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics).For more information, please visit

ABILITY Network is a leading healthcare information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics. ABILITY is headquartered in Minneapolis with principal offices in Boston and Tampa. For more information, visit For more information about HomeCare Elite, visit