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Honoring Terry Duncombe, a Visionary Leader in Accreditation

The home care and hospice industry lost a visionary leader this past month—a loss felt strongly by the team at the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP).  Terry Duncombe, who served as the President & CEO of CHAP from 2002 to 2012, died on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, of complications from pneumonia.  A service will be held honoring her life at Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Downtown, Washington, DC, on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

Terry grew CHAP from accrediting several hundred organizations in 2002 to accrediting many thousands at the end of her tenure.  She had a sharp wit, keen mind and impeccable sense of style.  But mostly, she had high standards, raising the bar for home and community-based health care providers, believing firmly that accreditation was essential to ensuring high-quality care.

“CHAP will forever be indebted to Terry for her critical role in building the professional organization that exists today.  We offer our condolences to her family, friends and all who knew her,” states Karen Collishaw, the current President & CEO of CHAP.

After her departure from CHAP in 2012, Terry served as the Executive Director for the Alexandria Office of Capital Caring, a long-time CHAP-accredited hospice provider serving the greater DC region. 

“I am so grateful that Terry ended a career and life of service at Capital Caring,” said Malene Davis, Capital Caring President & CEO.  “Her destination was always to bring great care to the sickest of the sick.”

Throughout her tenure, Terry would visit with customers at various conferences and trade shows nationwide.  She always made herself available to talk with customers directly, mentoring younger clinicians with her experience and wisdom.

Her legacy lives on in the countless staff and stakeholders her life touched.  But more so, her legacy lives on in the thousands of high quality home and community-based care providers who followed her vision and used accreditation to improve care. 

We invite readers who visited with Terry along the way in her CHAP journey to use the comments box below to share their memories or condolences.  CHAP will share them with Terry's family. 

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  • Cathy Gill

    I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of such a dedicated, strong leader for CHAP during her time of service there. I worked with Terry at CHAP who also hired me as an Account Representative there. It was a pleasure to work with her. I send my condolences to her family and the CHAP family.

    10 Feb 2017 10:20 AM

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