SOURCE: The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission

September 25, 2013 01:08 ET

New Joint Commission Award Recognizes CareMinders as an "Enterprise Champion for Quality"

Home Care and Ambulatory Care Organizations are Eligible for the Award

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL--(Marketwired - Sep 25, 2013) - Today, The Joint Commission announced CareMinders® Home Care, Inc., has been awarded the 2013 Enterprise Champion for Quality award. The award recognizes CareMinders for its dedication to its franchisees in promoting the highest level of quality for those they serve. CareMinders Home Care is a franchise business that offers companionship, personal, skilled care and related home support services and assistance to all ages of handicapped, convalescing and dependent individuals in their own homes, and when permitted, in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted care facilities and other medical settings.

CareMinders Home Care is the first Joint Commission accredited franchisor to receive this recognition and was instrumental in identifying the overall market needs for this type of franchisor distinction. The Joint Commission accredited organizations that are franchisees of CareMinders Home Care will be able to display an award logo alongside The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval to distinguish their business.

Currently, home care and ambulatory franchisors are eligible to apply for award consideration. The award carries unique eligibility requirements relevant to franchisors: the franchisor must require every franchise to become accredited by The Joint Commission; at the time of application, the franchisor must have a minimum of 10 franchises accredited and in good standing with The Joint Commission; and the franchisor must demonstrate that at least 95 percent of their eligible franchises are accredited and in good standing. The award will be presented annually and is effective for one year. 

"The Joint Commission applauds the dedication of CareMinders Home Care to its franchisees to promote high quality home care," says Margherita C. Labson, RN, executive director, Home Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. "Achieving accreditation by The Joint Commission is a significant achievement and with more than 95 percent of their franchisees accredited by The Joint Commission, CareMinders Home Care sets an example that the pursuit of patient safety is something all organizations can and should strive to achieve."

"We are honored to be the first recipient of this award," says Elaine Davis Jones, chief operating officer, CareMinders Home Care, Inc. "Our company has been providing care to our clients in their homes for more than eight years. As our services and markets evolve, Joint Commission recognition helps further distinguish our franchisees based upon the quality of their services and the support we provide from the franchisor perspective. It also says the CareMinders Home Care organization is committed to the safety of our customers who trust and depend on us."

For more information about applying for the 2014 Enterprise Champion for Quality award call 630.792.5070, or email homecare@jointcommission.org.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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