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Monday, June 30, 2014

TOWN OF LOCKPORT — Niagara Hospice was recently recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care with its accreditation for hospice care.

Niagara Hospice demonstrated a commitment to providing quality care and services to consumers through compliance with ACHC’s nationally recognized standards for accreditation.

Accreditation with ACHC is a voluntary activity where healthcare organizations submit to peer review of their internal policies, processes and patient care delivery against national standards.

Vice President of Hospice Services Kay Dekker stated: “Our organization voluntarily chose to undergo the accreditation process to demonstrate our commitment to providing the right care, in the right place, at the right time to all of our patients and their families. Receiving Deemed Status from ACHC also lets other health care providers know that when they choose to partner with Niagara Hospice in providing care to their patients, that level of care will be exceptional.”

The ACHC is a private, not-for-profit corporation which was developed by home care and community-based providers to help companies improve business operations and quality of patient care. It is a Medicare Deeming Authority that prides itself in being a leader for Hospice Accreditation. The ACHC states that by choosing a provider that has achieved accreditation, patients and caregivers can take comfort in knowing that it has demonstrated its commitment to meeting rigorous national standards for quality and safety as well as providing an exceptional level of care.

Tricia Degan Niagara Hospice director of marketing and public relations, said, “Preparing for the accreditation process involved all disciplines of hospice care and it confirmed our staff commitment to going above and beyond what is required by not only Medicare, but also ACHC. I encourage families faced with serious illness to call us to learn more about hospice and how we can help. It’s never too soon to make the call and learn what your choices are when medical treatment options for cure have been exhausted.”

Citing a study published by The New England Journal of Medicine that supports the fact that patients who receive hospice care live longer than those who receive standard care, Degan stressed that patients and families ask for Niagara Hospice by name to ensure the highest level of care sooner in their disease process. “Choosing Niagara Hospice ensures the most comfort and best quality of life for both patients and families,” said Degan. The study found that patients lived an average of two additional months. Researchers also found that hospice patients reported a higher quality of life through the final course of their illness.

Niagara Hospice provides end-of-life comfort, care and support to Niagara County individuals and their families faced with terminal illnesses. No one is denied hospice care due to inability to pay. Niagara Hospice has served over 20,000 patients and their families since 1988. For more information, visit or call Niagara Hospice at 439-4417.

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