Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice Earn CHAP Accreditation

The Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. announced that Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Arbor Hospice have been awarded accreditation under the CHAP Hospice Standards of Excellence.

CHAP accreditation demonstrates that both organizations meet the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards. Rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of services and products, human and financial resources and long-term viability. Accreditation reinforces HOM and Arbor Hospice are providing the highest quality of service to patients and their families in 48 counties across lower Michigan.

“At Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, we dedicate ourselves being knowledgeable, engaged and professional – providing comfort and compassion to every patient, no matter the circumstances,” said Bob Cahill, president and CEO of HOM and Arbor Hospice. “The teamwork that went into the CHAP survey was exemplary and should be a source of pride for each and every employee, as it signifies our commitment to the consistent and high-quality service we provide.”

“By achieving CHAP Accreditation, HOM and Arbor Hospice has shown a commitment to excellence,” said Nathan DeGodt, CHAP president and CEO. “For another year, both organizations have achieved CHAP Accreditation, and we are excited to continue our partnership by offering support in its commitment to providing quality care and continuous improvement.”

HOM and Arbor Hospice are not-for-profit agencies that provide care for all – regardless of age, diagnosis or financial circumstances. Both offer a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end-of-life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs.

CHAP is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body for home and community-based health care organizations.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve more than 6,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, visit www.hom.org or call 888-247-5701.

About Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc.
CHAP is an independent, not-for-profit, accrediting body for community-based health care organizations. Created in 1965, CHAP was the first to recognize the need and value for accreditation in community-based care. CHAP is the oldest, national, community-based accrediting body with more than 9,000 agencies currently accredited nationwide. Through “deeming authority” granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CHAP has the regulatory authority to survey agencies providing home health, hospice and home medical equipment services, to determine if they meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation and CMS Quality Standards. CHAP’s purpose is to define and advance the highest standards of community-based care.

For more information about the CHAP accreditation process, please visit the CHAP website at www.chapinc.org. For additional information on CHAP, please contact Teresa Harbour, Senior Vice President, Accreditation, at 202-467-1701, or teresa.harbour@chapinc.org.