Professional Recognition

Stratford VNA Designated Cardiovascular Pioneer

Stratford Visiting Nurse Association Named as a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite

HCE2016_Top500Stratford Visiting Nurse Association has been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its tenth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement, and financial performance.

“The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, ACOs, and other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum,” said Susan L. Henricks, President and COO of National Research Corporation, the parent company of OCS HomeCare. “Again, this year, we updated our methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused healthcare landscape and national value-based purchasing trends. We congratulate Stratford Visiting Nurse Association on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

“HomeCare Elite recognition continues to gain importance given the increased regulatory mandates and the threat of shrinking reimbursement revenue. Home health agencies that have earned recognition among the HomeCare Elite demonstrated that they not only can adapt to an evolving marketplace but continue to excel in clinical, patient experience, quality improvement, and financial outcomes,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.

The HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health profession. The 2016 HomeCare Elite is co-sponsored by National Research Corporation (also known as OCS HomeCare), the leading provider of cross-continuum healthcare metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, the publisher of the industry’s most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line. The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of 2016 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at

About National Research Corporation and OCS HomeCare
The non-profit Stratford Visiting Nurse Association is a home health care organization that has served Stratford and other area towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties since 1919. Services include nursing, homemaker/home health aide support, physical, occupational and speech therapies, medical social worker support, psychiatric nursing, advanced wound care/wound vac, total joint rehabilitation, palliative care, IV therapy, PT/INR testing, cardiac/high risk program, home telemonitoring, and more. A nurse is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The community-based VNA, nationally ranked for excellence, is governed by a voluntary board of directors, is Medicare-certified and is licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. In addition, Stratford Visiting Nurse Association has been recognized by Hearst Connecticut Media Group as one of the Top Workplaces for two years in a row.

Currently recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction measurement firm in the U.S., National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management. For more information, call 800-388-4264, write to, or visit

About DecisionHealth®
For over 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the leading source for home health news, coding tools and resources, and training materials found in reputable products such as Home Health Line. Our unique blend of award-winning staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives and industry experts enables DecisionHealth to provide solutions, tools, and guidance that are relied on by nearly 100,000 home health care and specialty physician practice professionals. For more information, please visit or call 877-602-3835.

Stratford VNA Designated Cardiovascular Pioneer by National Campaign

Home Health Cardiovascular Pioneer

Stratford, CT – Stratford VNA was recently named a “Cardiovascular Pioneer” by the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign, which is an initiative of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The Pioneer designation is awarded to home health agencies that make a commitment to helping patients lower their risks for heart attacks and strokes.  Participating agencies implement patient-centered programs to improve aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation (known as the ABCS of cardiovascular prevention).  They also agree to report statistics to the HHQI campaign, which tracks progress locally and across the nation through its Cardiovascular Data Registry pilot project.

Mary Therien said Stratford VNA is participating in the quality improvement and reporting initiative because the health and well being of patients is its number one priority.

“We are committed to high quality care for our patients and are pleased to be helping the HHQI National Campaign prevent heart attacks and strokes,” said Mary Therien. “As a Cardiovascular Pioneer, we will also be measuring our progress and helping contribute to better care for patients, better health for our communities, and lower costs through improvement of the health care system.”

Home Health Quality ImprovementSince 2007, the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign has been dedicated to improving the quality of care provided to America’s home health patients with evidence-based tools, timely data reports and a wealth of ongoing educational opportunities for home health agencies. You can learn more about the campaign and see a list of its Cardiac Pioneers at