Ellen Bolch, BSN, MSN, is an award winning telehealth pioneer and President and CEO of THA (The Healthcare Alternative) Group. Bolch founded THA Group in 1995 with the vision that the future model of health care would be delivered in the home at the demand of the consumer.
THA Group is a family of companies – Island Health Care, Island Hospice, Independent Life at Home, Ideal Aging, and RightHealthTM– that provides Medicare-certified home health care, nonprofit hospice care, private home care, telehealth, chronic disease management, and population health delivery. It is a unique in-home health care provider that offers a full spectrum of patient centered services for all ages.
In 2001, THA Group became the first health care company in the region to offer remote telemonitoring of patients' vital signs; since then, THA Group has expanded its distance-monitoring capabilities through its innovative RightHealthTM population health delivery model. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) consistently place THA Group's Island Health Care in the top 20% of Quality Home Health Care Providers in the nation. Island Health Care was named, for both Georgia and South Carolina, to the 2012 HomeCare EliteTM, a compilation of the most successful home care providers in the U.S.. In 2013, THA Group was named a “Cardiovascular Pioneer” by the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign. THA Group has recently been chosen for the CMS Center for Innovation’s Bundled Payment Care Improvement Demonstration Project for Model 3 Post Acute Care (BPCI).
Bolch has been the recipient of several awards, including Honeywell HomMed's Lifetime Achievement Award for Telehealth and the AWWIN Monica LaRue Award, a regional honor given to a woman who motivates and inspires other women to pursue their dreams and visions.
Bolch actively serves both health care and other nonprofit organizations on the national, regional, and local level. She has served on the Board of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice and is Chair of the National Medicaid Council affiliated with NAHC. She is also a member the Advisory Board of the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA). Bolch is currently Chair of the South Carolina Home and Hospice Care Association and serves on the Medline National Hospice Advisory Council. She has been a health care educator at Penn State University, Armstrong State University, and the Medical College of Georgia. Bolch is frequently asked to speak to both local and national audiences, and has been published in Caring Magazine, The Remington Report, the Journal of the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations, the Home Care Journal of Texas and, most recently, in The Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 3rd Edition. Bolch is an active member of the Rotary Club of Savannah, a curator of the Georgia Historical Society, serves on the Boards of Armstrong State University Foundation, The Chatham Club and the Board of Visitors of Savannah Country Day School.
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