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Happy New Year and welcome to 2012!

Happy New Year! It’s amazing that we’re already through the first week of 2012. Good news to share as we kick off the New Year: Tammy Iuso, recent Franchisee of the Year and owner of FirstLight in Orlando has earned Joint Commission Accreditation. This is quite an accomplishment in the home care industry and Orlando is our first location to earn this accreditation.

The Joint Commission is an independent, non-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. This is widely recognized as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting specific performance standards.

Through this long process, the benefits of accreditation include a proven commitment to the highest level of patient care, encouraging patient referrals, nationally acknowledged benchmark of quality, increasing competitive edge, access to organization-specific services, and an enhanced ability to attract and recruit top-quality staff.
Various performance standards are addressed by the Joint Commission, in conjunction with health care experts, providers and researchers. Among the top 2011 standards-based performance areas for home care organizations are things like emergency management, environment of care, leadership, medication management, human resources, life safety, performance improvement and waived testing.

This is a great start to a new year and we’re so proud of Tammy for her accomplishments. Hoping this is a sign of good things to come. Best wishes for 2012!

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