The Nebraska Association of Home and Community Health Agencies (NAHCHA) represents the interests and concerns of home health providers in the state of Nebraska. Nebraska home care services are provided by home health agencies, hospices, homemaker and home care aide agencies, staffing and private-duty agencies, and medical equipment and supplies, pharmaceuticals and drug infusion therapy companies. Health and social services are delivered at home to recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill adults and children in need of medical, nursing, social or therapeutic treatment and/or assistance.
Member Spotlight: Jennifer Gibbons
Name: Jennifer Gibbons, RN
Director of Nursing and Owner
Company/Organization: Elite Professional Home Care Company
Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA
Education: Attended the University of Nebraska to complete pre-requisites for RN/BSN school. I continued my education by commuting from Lincoln to Omaha, attended nursing school at Clarkson College, and graduated with an RN/BSN in December of 1999.
Family: I am married to a wonderful husband and have three beautiful daughters.
Hobbies: Running and camping
Favorite TV Show or Movie? The Walking Dead
Favorite Vacation Spot: Naples, FL and Fairplay, CO
Favorite App or Technology: Amazon Prime
Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider? I became a home health provider due to my strong belief that it is in people's best interest to remain in the community and in their homes where they are happy and where they desire to live. I believe that persons that remain in their homes are able to live a more fulfilling and quality life. Being involved in society and in our community allows persons to feel a sense of fulfillment, while being in their own home environment allows a person to feel complete and loved.
Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career: Business-wise my amazing parents: Callie and Rod Earlywine; nursing-wise Katie Wertz, RN
How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years? I feel home health care will continue to grow and provide numerous new opportunities to home health agencies as an industry. Home health care agencies are providing growing levels of expertise and patient cares in the home. Hospitals are able to transfer a growing number of higher-tech patient cares to home health agencies to complete care in the patient's home. With the growing number of persons entering the retirement/Medicare beneficiary stage of their lives, home health will continue to expand and offer expert skilled cares while saving people and the insurance industry an exceptional amount of money.
Why Are You a NAHCHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership? Elite originally became a NAHCHA member in order to assist the home health care industry and to receive assistance in the aspect of being involved in political interests in the State of Nebraska. From that original interest in NAHCHA, many of my employees and I have learned that NAHCHA is more than just political support. My staff, as well as myself, have benefited from the multiple educational seminars and workshops as well as have appreciated the support of the NAHCHA leaders and members whenever Medicare or Medicaid regulation questions or concerns arise. I have not once had any regrets since joining this wonderful group of home health supporters!
Something About Me Not Everyone Knows: I started my first healthcare business when I was 24. We provided RN staffing contracts for 13 week assignments to both Bryan and St. Elizabeth hospitals in Lincoln, NE.
What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your Facility? Elite has most recently begun a new home health aide charting system and re-formulated all of our patient charting in order to ensure that every patient's HHA care plan matches the patient charting exactly, which in turn matches our 485/POC orders from our MD. The system took time and was overwhelming at first, but now it is smooth and an easy way to check the accuracy of our cares provided and the orders we have obtained from our MDs.