Frances B. Petrella, BSN, RN

Community Health Accreditation Partner

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Fran Petrella is Vice President of Accreditation at Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) in Washington, DC. CHAP was the first accrediting body for community-based health care organizations in the United States and was created in 1965 as a joint venture between the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Fran’s health care career started in 1971 as a nursing home aide. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Nursing in 1978, she worked in acute care. Fran entered the home care arena in 1986, providing home health and hospice services in northwest Washington. In 2000, she began working as the home health expert resource for a home care benchmarking company. Fran returned to home care in 2010, working in management for a VNA and facilitating a merger with a hospital-based system providing home health, hospice, and home infusion pharmacy services. In 2012, she moved across the country to join the CHAP team. Fran strongly believes that quality, community-based care should be the core of health care.