[OAKDALE, MINN.] March 24, 2022 – St. Croix Hospice has earned four rings in the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Quality Connections program, recognizing hospice agencies for continuous quality improvement. Four rings is the highest rating given to hospice agencies enrolled in the program.
“We’re proud to be recognized for quality improvement in the four areas of education, application, measurement and innovation,” said Ashley Arnold, Vice President of Clinical Services for St. Croix Hospice.
NHPCO Quality Connection rings were awarded to 116 hospice organizations this year – the inaugural year of the program. Out of those organizations, only 12 earned the top honor of all four rings. According to the NHPCO, “Quality Connections participants are required to achieve milestones within defined timeframes by participating in education and competence, application of education, performance measurement, and innovation that promotes high quality care delivery, that leads to service excellence.”
“The NHPCO is a highly respected authority in the hospice industry, so their recognition of St. Croix Hospice’s agency-wide quality is a significant honor,” said Arnold.
Currently, St. Croix Hospice’s 1,000+ employees serve nearly 3,000 patients and their families daily across nine states in the Midwest. The agency specializes exclusively in expert hospice with a care model tailored to the unique needs of hospice patients and their families. Local multidisciplinary care teams see patients wherever they call home, including private residences, nursing homes or assisted living facilities. St. Croix Hospice teams take pride in partnering with families and community providers to ensure a dignified end-of-life transition.
About St. Croix Hospice
St. Croix Hospice supports patients, their families and caregivers when they need us the most, delivering exceptional hospice care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year wherever a patient calls home. With branches in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin, St. Croix Hospice takes pride in round-the-clock availability, prompt response and same day admissions, including evenings, weekends and holidays. Contact St. Croix Hospice 24/7 at 855-278-2764 or stcroixhospice.com.