SHAMOKIN - VNA Health System has been named a "Top Agency" for HomeCare Elite in 2013. This recognition was awarded to both the Shamokin and Lewisburg agencies of VNA.

Now in its eighth year, HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. Out of 9,969 agencies considered, 2,496 are elite.

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corp., and DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line, a respected independent newsletter for the home health profession.

VNA Health System's, Kathy Witcoskie, RN, vice president of quality improvement, credits a commitment to quality service and a team-oriented approach to health care with the agency's ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite.

"Achieving this honor demonstrates our commitment to the highest quality of care for our patients," said Witcoskie. "Our staff has an extraordinary dedication to the well-being of their patients."

VNA, which has its corporate office in Shamokin, also has locations in Harrisburg, Lewisburg, Lewistown, Lock Haven and State College. VNA provides services in 18 counties.