Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth Home Health Project Manager Karen Fernandez was recently selected as the 2016 Washington State Home Care Manager of the Year by the Home Care Association of Washington (HCAW). The HCAW represents Home Health, Home Care and Hospice providers across Washington state, and Fernandez received this peer-nominated award for her exemplary leadership, innovative work style and continued advocacy for excellent patient care.
“Karen exemplifies EvergreenHealth’s patient-center approach to providing the highest quality care and service, and we are so pleased to see her recognized by the Home Care Association of Washington,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “Over the past three decades, she has proven to be an innovator and an outspoken advocate for excellent patient care, and we are fortunate to have her on our Home Health leadership team.”
EvergreenHealth is the largest provider of home health, hospice, and palliative care in the Puget Sound region. Fernandez manages and leads the EvergreenHealth Home Health team, which provides care and service to patients and families across the entire region. Since joining EvergreenHealth in 1987, she and her team have provided EvergreenHealth’s standard-setting quality care and service to patients and families in more than 130,000 instances.
EvergreenHealth’s Home Health services provide assistance to people recovering from surgery, illness or an accident, and offer support for individuals learning to manage chronic disease and medications. Fernandez has been part of EvergreenHealth Home Health over the course of its growth since the mid-1980s as both a clinician and a leader. She is recognized as a go-to source for knowledge of regulations, therapy best practices and a number of other skills specific to Home Health care.
“Karen is supportive and caring, and it’s difficult to find her without a smile on her face,” said EvergreenHealth Home Health Director Brent Korte. “Her positivity, mastery of our industry and compassionate leadership style have combined to improve the lives of our patients and clinicians for the past 29 years and we look forward to it continuing for years to come.”
As an occupational therapist, Fernandez performs skilled treatment to help individuals recover from injuries, ailments and surgeries, and achieve independence in all facets of their lives. She approaches problems creatively, always looking for ways to adapt in order to improve the patient experience, and guides caregivers and family members with great care and compassion.
More recently, Fernandez earned certification as an Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) expert, guiding EvergreenHealth as a Home Health provider and translating the importance of this change to the greater clinician group.
For more information on the Home Care Association of Washington, visit www.hcaw.org.
To learn more about EvergreenHealth Home Health services, visit www.evergreenhealth.com/home-health or call 425.899.3300.
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 10 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Virginia Mason, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated EvergreenHealth Partners network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its seventh designation (2009-2012, and 2014-2016) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, placing it among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance; and was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength.
For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.
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