COSHOCTON -- Health Services and Hospice of Coshocton was recently named a "Cardiovascular Pioneer" by the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign, which is an initiative of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The Pioneer designation is awarded to home health agencies that make a commitment to helping patients lower their risks for heart attacks and strokes.

Participating agencies implement patient-centered programs to improve aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation (known as the ABCS of cardiovascular prevention). They also agree to report statistics to the HHQI campaign, which tracks progress locally and across the nation through its Cardiovascular Data

Registry pilot project.

Barb Emmons, Executive Director said, "Health Services and Hospice of Coshocton is participating in the quality improvement and reporting initiative because the health and well being of patients is its number one priority. We are committed to high quality care for our patients and are pleased to be helping the

HHQI National Campaign prevent heart attacks and strokes. As a Cardiovascular Pioneer, we will also be measuring our progress and helping contribute to better care for patients, better health for our communities, and lower costs through improvement of the health care system."

Health Services of Coshocton County is a non-profit agency which serves Coshocton County and surrounding areas and provides home health care, hospice care, palliative care, Telehealth, extra care private duty, DD waiver, and passport services.

Since 2007, the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign has been dedicated to improving the quality of care provided to America's home health patients with evidence-based tools, timely data reports and a wealth of ongoing educational opportunities for home health agencies.

You can learn more about the campaign and see a list of its Cardiac Pioneers at www.homehealthquality.org.