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Serenity Home Health Care named to the HomeCare Elite Top 500

Miami, FL, April 1, 2011 — Serenity Home Health Care today announced that it has been named one of the top 500 home health agencies in the country, according to the 2010 HomeCare Elite™. Now in its fifth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of home health agencies in the United States and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance.

"The 2010 HomeCare Elite winners continue to demonstrate a commitment to providing their patients with the best possible care while performing at the highest level," said Amanda Twiss, CEO of OCS HomeCare. "We congratulate Serenity Home Health Care on being one of the top home care agencies in the country. In addition, we salute all forward-thinking providers who are already working on measuring and improving their performance using OASIS-C outcomes and process measures and HH-CAHPS results. This important data will also be used in identifying the HomeCare Elite in the future."

Vincent Carmona, CEO/Administrator, credits the Serenity team of dedicated employees with the company's ability to rank as one of the HomeCare Elite. He said, "I have been truly blessed to have found such a great staff that is selfless and dedicated to quality patient care."

"On the fifth anniversary of HomeCare Elite, DecisionHealth would like to congratulate all of the winners who have achieved excellent clinical and financial outcomes, especially during times of such drastic regulatory changes," added Marci Heydt, executive editor of DecisionHealth's Home Health Line.

The 2010 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The 2010 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of homecare information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of homecare's most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line. The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of the 2010 HomeCare Elite agencies can be viewed by visiting the OCS HomeCare website at www.ocshomecare.com.

About Serenity Home Health Care

Serenity Home Health Care is a certified Medicare/Medicaid and Joint Commission accredited home health agency "Specializing in the Art of Caring." We serve all of Miami-Dade County with 24 hour emergency on-call service after hours. For more information about Serenity, please visit www.serenityhomehealthcare.org or call 305-642-7182

About OCS HomeCare

As the industry leader in benchmarking, reporting and analytics, OCS HomeCare empowers home health and hospice organizations with results-driven data intelligence, plus the largest and most accurate comparative database. Homecare providers, payers, associations, government agencies, vendors, and consultants all turn to OCS HomeCare to elevate decision-making, raise the bar on results, and bring home positive outcomes. For more information about OCS HomeCare, please visit www.ocshomecare.com or call 888.325.3396.

About DecisionHealth®

For more than 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the industry's leading source for news, analysis and instructional guidance with cutting-edge information sources such as Home Health Line, OASIS-C & Outcomes Solutions and Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health. Our unique blend of award-winning staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives, providers, healthcare organization managers and their revenue-cycle staffs enables us to provide solutions, tools and guidance that's relied on by nearly 100,000 home health care and specialty physician practice professionals. For more information, please visit www.decisionhealth.com or call 877.602.3835.

OCS HomeCare uses publicly available data from Home Health Compare and the CMS Cost Reports to create the HomeCare Elite list of agencies. Three domains of performance were cumulatively evaluated—quality of care, quality improvement, and financial performance. The quality of care measure indexes agency performance in each of the 12 publicly reported Home Health Compare measures released in April 2010. The quality improvement index is based on changes in the 12 outcomes between data released in September 2009 and April 2010. The financial performance measure represents agency indexed profit margin from the 2009 CMS Cost Reports (or adjusted 2008 results when 2009 data was not available).

Agency performance in each of the three domains was compared against the performance of other organizations in their state and in the country. The three domains were combined into one overall score, using a weighting methodology that gives the greatest importance to quality of care. The top 25 percent of agencies in each region, both facility-based and freestanding, were identified and added to the national list.

 

Re-HEAT Program 2011

Presented by Serenity Home Health Care

After a Miami Heat game in early 2011, HEAT players Udonis Haslem and Juwan Howard visited the Community Partnership for Homeless facility to deliver food and serve meals to the more than 350 residents of the facility. Wendy and Vincent Carmona of Serenity Home Health Care, also helped in serving hot meals to the residents at Community Partnership for Homeless.

On this night, the players personally served meals to residents for close to an hour, bringing happiness to those less fortunate in South Florida. While providing the residents with their meals, the HEAT players took time to mingle and talk to the residents about their hopes and dreams for the coming year. After spending their time serving and meeting the residents, each player walked away that night with a sense of fulfillment and gratification.

The 2010-11 season marks the third year of the Re-HEAT Program, where unused food from all Miami HEAT home games is redistributed to local homeless assistance programs. Since the beginning for this season over 375 pounds of food have been distributed, feeding hundreds of needy individuals in the South Florida area. With several more months of home games remaining on the schedule, the HEAT and Serenity look forward to continuing to feed the homeless and less fortunate members of the South Florida community.

Ronald McDonald House | Unveiling Celebration at Miami House

On March 2nd, the Ronald McDonald House of Miami invited all donors and friends who contributed to the Adopt a Room program. At the celebration everyone had a chance to see the new renovated and refurnished rooms. Donors and volunteers were recognized for their support in making this project a reality.

Adopt a Room generous supporters:

  • Serenity Home Health Care, Inc.
  • Hyatt Regency Coral Gables
  • HMS Inc.
  • The CarMax Foundation
  • The Zichelle Donatelli Family
  • Coldwell Banker, Kendall & Miami Beach
  • AON Risk Services Inc.of Florida
  • Dade County Federal Credit Union
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • Fleming & Fleming Law Firm
  • Just In Time Services, Inc
  • Christ Fellowship Church
  • Argo Management
  • Cabrera Organization
  • Spencer Stuart
  • David and Renee Hoover
  • Home Depot

We accept your generosity with deep appreciation!

 

Serenity Home Health Care, Awarded one of the Best Home Heath Care Agencies in the United States

 

We have been awarded the 2010 HomeCare Elite Award! Congratulations to our entire staff!

Serenity Home Health Care is proud to announce that it has been awarded the 2010 HomeCare Elite Award. This award is only received by the top 5% home health care agencies out of approximately 15,000 in the entire United States. I want to thank our ...entire office staff, support staff and field nursing staff for their hard work and dedication. This award reflects the high quality of care our patients experience on a daily bases. Our company slogan is "Specializing in the art of caring". We take this to heart in everything we do. We meet our objective with each and every patient by helping them get back to their optimum level of health and performance so they can have a prompt recovery and get back to their lives. We believe that our commitment to providing the highest quality of care possible separates us from the rest and has helped us achieve this award.

Thank you once again,

Sincerely,
Vincent Carmona
Administrator/CEO

Zo hosts boy who's life he helped save

Alonzo Mourning celebrated a Thanksgiving feast with a 4-year-old recipient of a liver transplant which Mourning’s foundation helped pro vide. BY MARGARITA SWEETING

Special to The Miami Herald Ronald McDonald House in Miami hosted a special Thanksgiving celebration on Tuesday, complete with long, decorated tables surrounded by the families who call the RMH their home.

At the head of the table sat a towering figure, former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, who was there in honor of the Ninth Annual 33 Thanksgivings — Mourning’s number as a player was 33 — and a special young boy named Omar Ferguson. This time last year, Omar, 4, was lying in a hospital bed in need of a liver transplant. Without insurance or money, Omar had little chance of receiving the surgery he so desperately needed, until Zo’s Fund for Life provided the money necessary to save his life.

According to Omar’s mother, Daire Ferguson, prior to the surgery he was miserable and withdrawn, but now he’s completely changed. ‘‘He wasn’t friendly at all and didn’t like to be touched. Now, he’s more sociable, friendly. He’s hugging and kissing me all the time,’’ she said. Not only does she see emotional changes in Omar, but physical changes, too.

‘‘One thing I always noticed was his hands. Without moisture, his hands were rough and dry. His hands feel so different. Every time I hold them it’s a constant reminder of the gift he received,’’ she said. ‘‘You know, all I can say is God is good. When I first saw him, he looked so sick and his eyes were discolored. Now, he looks strong and he’s happy. That’s what it’s about,’’ Mourning said.

He and Omar shared a Thanksgiving meal, courtesy of the Alonzo Mourning Charities, which brought in turkey and stuffing, yams, rolls and sweet potato pie. In addition, 21 families, from countries such as Ecuador, Greece and Peru, totaling about 60 people, joined the festivities.

After the meal, family members shared what they were thankful for, many acknowledging Mourning for his efforts. ‘‘I’ve always been a fan of his. I even collected his [basketball] cards. I really wanted to see him,’’ said Raul Cruz, who was there with his 9-month-old son, Yomar Diaz. ‘‘I’ve never seen anyone do something like this. It’s really encouraging.’’ Omar was just cleared to begin school and now attends the Wisdom Institute in Nassau, Bahamas. He loves books and finds it easy to make friends now.

‘‘Everything is so much more manageable,’’ said Ferguson, who has four other children. ‘‘He takes much less medication and he even started using the potty.’’ The Alonzo Mourning Charities is a not-for-profit foundation established in 1997. Included in its fold is the Honey Shine Mentoring program, the Overtown Youth Center and Zo’s Fund for Life. It was through Zo’s Fund for Life and donations from Mourning that more than $100,000 was raised for Omar’s transplant. ‘‘It’s because of the support that we received from people in our community and around the nation that Omar received the greatest gift of all: a chance at life,’’ said Mourning. When Ferguson and Omar return to the Bahamas, they will be celebrating their family’s first Thanksgiving meal.

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