Home Health Care Community Supports Newly Aligned Research Foundation to Improve Patient Care

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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November 7, 2012 Marketing & Media Relations

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Dr. Steven Landers of VNA Health Group named chair of home health research foundation

Washington, DC - The home health community has come together under the newly realigned Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance), bringing together for-profit, not-for-profit, regional, and national home health care providers and three major home health care trade associations.  Recently reorganized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Alliance has expanded its Board of Directors to include major non-profit and academic leaders in the home health community.  Home health providers, academics, and stakeholders in the Alliance membership are hoping to pursue a focused research and education agenda that will demonstrate the value home health care offers to patients and the U.S. health care system.

Steven Landers, MD, MPH, formerly with Cleveland Clinic, currently serves as President and CEO of Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, the largest nonprofit home health, hospice and community care provider in New Jersey, will serve as the Chairman of the Alliance’s Board of Directors.  The transition to Dr. Landers’ leadership will help advance the quality of home health care services.

“I am honored to be named chair of the home health research foundation,” stated Steven Landers, MD, MPH.  “It is an exciting opportunity for home care leaders to demonstrate through proven research how home health care innovative models of care and new technologies can be used improve patient outcomes while helping to reduce the high costs of the nation’s healthcare.”

The Alliance’s new direction and increasingly diverse membership will continue to strengthen the home health community’s efforts to improve quality and efficiency of care for patients and the U.S. health care system. “We are committed to focusing on research, education, and the value of home health care in the United States,” stated Teresa Lee, Executive Director of the Alliance.  “With Dr. Landers’ experience, leadership and commitment to home health care, I’m confident the Alliance will continue to be a leading resource in home health care research and quality improvement.”

The new members of the Alliance’s Board of Directors include:

▪       Lynn Jones, Chairman of the Board, Visiting Nurse Association of America (VNAA), and President, Senior Vice President of Post-Acute Care Services at Christiana Care Visiting Nurse Association;

▪       Lew Little, Chief Executive Officer, Harden Healthcare;

▪       Bruce Leff, MD, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Joint Appointment, Department of Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Associate Medical Director at Johns Hopkins Business Development and Strategic Alliances;

▪       Eric Berger, Chief Executive Officer, Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare;

▪       Marcia Reissig, Chief Executive Officer, Sutter Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice; and

▪       Peter Boling, MD, Professor and Division Chair, Virginia Commonwealth University.

 The new directors join the Alliance’s founding Board members who include: J. Mark Baiada, President of BAYADA Home Health Care; William F. Borne, Chief Executive Officer of Amedisys, Inc.; Kathleen Gilmartin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Interim Healthcare; Val Halamandaris, President of NAHC; Keith Myers, Chief Executive Officer of LHC Group; Tony Strange, Chief Executive Officer of Gentiva; and William Yarmuth, Chief Executive Officer of Almost Family. 

The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) is a non-profit research foundation comprised of leaders in the home health care community – including several of the largest home health care providers in the United States and the three largest national trade associations representing home health care providers. The mission of the Alliance is to foster research and education on the value of home health care to patients and the overall U.S. health care system. The Alliance is dedicated to improving the nation’s health care system through development of high quality and innovative solutions aimed at achieving optimal clinical outcomes.  To learn more, visit www.ahhqi.org.

Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, now in its 100th year of service, is the largest nonprofit  home health, hospice and community care provider in New Jersey, serving nearly 120,000 individuals each year. Visiting Nurse Association Health Group member organizations include Cape VNA, Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses, and VNA of Englewood.


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