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Halley in Business Leadership Network; Nurse in the House recognized; REA hosting luncheon

Nov 19, 2012

Halley in Business Leadership Network


The University of Iowa announced today the vanguard members of the College of Public Health’s Business Leadership Network: Michael Halley, Fairfield resident, city councilman and local business person, is one of five members forming the initial class of the new initiative.

“The Business Leadership Network recognizes the central role of small- and medium-sized businesses in building good health at the local community level,” says Sue Curry, dean of the college of public health. “Through this network, businesses and communities will engage with the college in collaborative development of public health research, injury prevention efforts, educational programs, and service learning opportunities aimed at improving the health of Iowans.“

The network walso will provide opportunities for businesses to engage with the training, service, and research initiatives offered by the UI College of Public Health, to network with other business and industry leaders throughout Iowa about public health, and to share ideas and best practices in regard to health and wellness.

Michael Halley has been a Fairfield resident since he attended the local university where he was an active student senator, president of the student sustainability club, and listed in “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” In 1995 he started his own business in Fairfield; Natural Selections.

Halley served as the president of Fairfield’s convention and visitors bureau board of directors and is currently president of the Fairfield Volunteer Center, vice president of the Fairfield Cultural Alliance and board member of the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

As a councilman Halley helped develop the Jefferson County Wellness Action Plan, serves on the city’s Blue Zones team as well as the steering committee for the pool/rec center task force, and has worked on city energy-efficiency projects and Fairfield’s Railroad Quiet Zone project.


Nurse in the House recognized


Nurse in the House, a provider of home health care services in 14 Southeast Iowa counties, has been named a 2012 HHCAHPS Honors recipient, a prestigious award recognizing home health agencies that provide the best patient experience.

Established by Deyta, this annual honor acknowledges the top 20 percent of agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the patient’s point of view. The HHCAHPS Honors identifies the highest performing agencies ranked by analyzing satisfaction measures covering both performance and improvement of care during a 12-month period.

“The HHCAHPS Honors defines a new standard of excellence in the patient experience for home health agencies,” said Bill Bassett, Deyta’s vice president of home health. “Identifying the top-performers in the home health industry is our way of recognizing HHAs that are dedicated to providing high quality of care in a patient-centric approach. The resulting patient experience is a key driver of ongoing patient and agency success.”

The HHCAHPS Honors rankings were compiled from the HHCAHPS survey results of more than 1,800 home health agencies from April 2011 to March 2012. Two domains of performance were used in the calculations covering the nineteen questions that comprise the five publically reported measures on Home Health Compare.

Nadine Countryman, chief operating officer of Nurse in the House, credits all of the hard working nurses, home care aides, and office staff for their continued desire and dedication to provide the highest quality home health services to the patients in which they serve.

“As the healthcare industry continues to move toward a customer driven, outcome based system, it is going to be imperative for providers to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction. It is with great pride and honor that we are able to recognize all of our employees for their hard work and dedication to ensure that our patients receive the services they need in a kind and compassionate manner,” said Countryman.


REA hosting luncheon


Representatives of Indian Hills Community College’s Regional Economic Advancement division will host a community luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Revelations in Fairfield to speak with community members about their new initiatives.

Jefferson County residents are invited to attend the luncheon. Tom Rubel, executive dean of IHCC Regional Economic Advancement, will discuss various projects being facilitated through REA. He also will answer questions.

Reservations were taken for the luncheon. The mission of Regional Economic Advancement is to improve the economic conditions of the Indian Hills Region through continuous learning, innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, collaboration and visionary leadership.


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