The Community Health Accreditation Program Inc. (CHAP) recently announced that Richmond County Hospice Inc. has been awarded CHAP accreditation with Deemed Status for three years.
Richmond County Hospice Inc. has also announced the appointment of Arturo De Aguilar as Human Resources Director of the organization. His experience includes roles in family counseling and as senior human resources representative for more than five years at Perdue Farms in Georgia, according to Mary Ellen Shea, executive director of RCH.
De Aguilar, a resident of Richmond County for 14 years, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts degree from St. Vincent de Paul College in Florida.
“We anticipate Mr. De Aguilar will bring a wealth of experience to this newly created position. He is already respected by the staff for his skills in communication,” Shea said.
Earning the CHAP accreditation demonstrates that Richmond County Hospice Inc. meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards. Rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of services and products, human and financial resources, and long-term viability. Through CHAP accreditation, Richmond County Hospice is also certified as a Medicare Provider.
“We are very pleased that Richmond County Hospice Inc. chose CHAP accreditation,” said Michael S. Grogan, Senior Vice President of Business Development. “Voluntarily selecting to achieve CHAP accreditation and meeting our high standards of excellence demonstrates Richmond County Hospice’s commitment to quality. CHAP is delighted to work with their entire team through the ongoing process of quality improvement.”
CHAP is an independent, not-for-profit, accrediting body for community-based health care organizations. Created in 1965, CHAP was the first to recognize the need and value for accreditation in community-based care.
CHAP is the oldest national, community-based accrediting body with more than 5,000 agencies currently accredited nationwide. Through “deeming authority” granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CHAP has the regulatory authority to survey agencies providing home health, hospice, and home medical equipment services, 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.