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Tullahoma Compassus named Program of the Year

The Tullahoma office of the Compassus hospice and comfort-providing program, serving patients and families in Franklin, Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Grundy and Moore counties, recently earned the distinguished title of Program of the Year by outperforming more than 150 Compassus locations throughout the country in the company’s six pillars of success. Those six pillars include regulatory compliance, colleagues and culture, quality care, service excellence, expanding access to service and fiscal responsibility. Compassus established its pillars-of-success program to unite the company’s nearly 200 locations across 30 states in a common service vision based on measurable goals driving each program to improve the quality of care for patients.

Compassus has been serving a six-county coverage area out of its Tullahoma office and six other counties with offices in Columbia and Lawrenceburg for the past 27 years. It was formally known in the beginning as Hospice of the Highland Rim. The Tullahoma office is located at 1805 North Jackson St., Suite 11. The office number is 931-455-9118. Dr. Kurt Merkelz, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Compassus, summed up what the recognition signifies. “Achieving the Program of the Year award recognizes the achievement of Tullahoma as the highest-performing hospice program in our organization over the past year,” he said. “This recognition serves as a testament to the dedicated leadership and tireless commitment to our rigorous quality standards by all the members of this team. “They are a shining example of our commitment to prioritizing service and quality to ensure we deliver superior hospice care to meet the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families.”

Edie Rimas, Tullahoma hospice area executive of clinical operations, echoed Merkelz’ assessment. “As one of the largest hospice providers in the country, Compassus is committed to excellence and aims to set the standard of care for all hospice providers,” Rimas said. “Receiving the Program of the Year award is so meaningful because it’s a tangible representation of the impact we are having on patients and families in Tullahoma, Tennessee. I am incredibly proud of the care our teammates and volunteers provide every day to those who trust us with their care.” For more information about local hospice care, visit Hospice and Palliative Care in Tullahoma | Compassus.