Hospice of Dubuque Awarded CHAP Accreditation

Community Health Accreditation Partner, Inc. (CHAP) announced today that Hospice of Dubuque has been awarded CHAP Accreditation under the CHAP Hospice Standards of Excellence.

CHAP Accreditation demonstrates that Hospice of Dubuque meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards. The rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of services and products, human and financial resources, and long-term viability. Simply stated, adherence to CHAP’s standards leads to better quality care.

“By achieving CHAP Accreditation, Hospice of Dubuque has shown a commitment to excellence,” said Nathan DeGodt, CHAP President & CEO. “We are excited to begin our partnership with Hospice of Dubuque by offering support in its commitment to providing quality care and continuous improvement.”

Hospice of Dubuque provides hospice, palliative, and bereavement services to individuals and families in the tri-state area. Hospice of Dubuque is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the greater Dubuque area for over 40 years and is designated as a five-star hospice by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

“We are very proud of Hospice of Dubuque’s tradition of excellence,” said Lavonne Noel, Hospice of Dubuque Executive Director. “Through the years, we have expanded our service area and the services we offer in order to meet the needs of our tri-state area. Our focus has always been on fulfilling our mission by providing responsive, compassionate end-of-life services. CHAP accreditation was the next logical step in Hospice of Dubuque’s commitment to quality care.”

CHAP is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body for community-based health care organizations. Through “deeming authority” granted by CMS, CHAP has the regulatory authority to survey home health and hospice agencies 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, visit www.chapinc.org, or contact Teresa Harbour, Senior Vice President, Accreditation, at 202.467.1701, or teresa.harbour@chapinc.org.

For more information about Hospice of Dubuque, visit www.hospiceofdubuque.org or contact Lavonne Noel, Executive Director, at 563.582.1220, or noell@hospiceofdubuque.org.

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