Thursday, 29 January, 2015

CHAP Announces Promotions and Transitions as It Strengthens Quality and the Accreditation Process

The Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) today announced changes to its Senior Leadership Team and staff that will enable the organization to continue its progress toward becoming the best partner in home and community-based health care. 

  • Tomasina Chamberlain, RN, MSN, MBA, CHPCA, has been promoted to senior vice president, accreditation, where she oversees all organizational activities relating to the accreditation process. In this role, she will also participate in the research, development and revision of standards, policies and procedures.

  • Fran Petrella, BSN, RN, has been promoted to senior director, quality, where she will lead CHAP’s Quality Team to spearhead the organization’s performance reliability efforts, as well as play a key role in the development of CHAP’s new Standards of Excellence.  

  • Barbara Muntz, RN, BSN, MTS, has been named Senior Advisor. In this new role, Ms. Muntz will work with the Senior Leadership Team on the revision of CHAP’s Standards of Excellence, the development of new products and services, and the development of strategic partnerships.

“These recent changes reflect CHAP’s evolution from simply an accreditor to a true partner in the accreditation process,” said Karen Collishaw, CHAP president and CEO. “These women come from within CHAP, but also have substantial backgrounds in administering home and community-based agencies, bringing great insight to their new positions, and understanding the value of a partner that is easy to work with, reasonable and fair.”

CHAP is an independent, not-for-profit, accrediting body for community-based health care organizations. Created in 1965, CHAP was the first to recognize the need and value for accreditation in community-based care. CHAP is the oldest national, community-based accrediting body with more than 9,000 agencies currently accredited nationwide. Through “deeming authority” granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CHAP has the regulatory authority to survey agencies providing home health, hospice, and home medical equipment services, to determine if they meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation and CMS Quality Standards. CHAP’s purpose is to define and advance the highest standards of community-based care. For more information about CHAP, including a full listing of its Board of Directors, visit


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