NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The power mobility industry is a highly regulated industry, and companies in it must adhere to strict guidelines on compliance, ethics and privacy to succeed. As the nation's leading provider of power mobility solutions and services, The SCOOTER Store strives to go above and beyond regulatory and accreditation requirements.
The SCOOTER Store is pleased to announce that Tom Hood, vice president of corporate compliance and corporate privacy officer, has been awarded the designation of Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC®) by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). This designation is a national certification standard for healthcare privacy compliance professionals. The announcement of this certification kicks off The SCOOTER Store celebration of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week.
"Compliance is an integral element of our culture," said Tim Zipp, senior vice president and corporate compliance officer for The SCOOTER Store. "To have a world-class compliance organization, we must invest in the education and certification of our professionals. We congratulate Tom Hood and celebrate his accomplishment. This year's Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week activities are designed to reinforce our corporate and individual commitments to integrity, ethics and compliance to laws and regulations."
Tom Hood joined The SCOOTER Store in 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University. Hood is designated a Professional by the Academy for Healthcare Management (PAHM®) and holds the Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC®) designation from the Compliance Certification Board and the Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP®) credential. Before joining The SCOOTER Store, Hood served as a director of the National Supplier Clearinghouse at Palmetto Government Benefits Administrators in Columbia, S.C. He has also been the senior vice president for government programs, corporate compliance, HIPAA compliance, security and privacy at TechHealth, Inc., in Tampa, Fla.
The SCOOTER Store activities undertaken during Corporate Compliance & Ethics week reflect the company's mission of setting and achieving the highest standards regarding compliance and ethics. Those standards cover quality improvement, fiscal management, risk and safety, corporate training, and operating instructions for those who receive products and services. Maintaining these standards led to The SCOOTER Store being accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care Inc. in 2003 and reaccredited in 2006 and 2009.
About The SCOOTER Store:
Since 1991, The SCOOTER Store has helped provide freedom and independence to more people with limited mobility than any other company in the nation. The company offers power mobility solutions, including power wheelchairs, scooters, lifts, ramps, and accessories, in 48 states. The company also provides Home Care products and services in some locations. Using these solutions provides today's seniors an alternative to living in nursing homes or other care facilities. The company's goal is to create an opportunity for every senior or disabled American to live their entire life safely and confidently at home. The SCOOTER Store was recently recognized by FORTUNE magazine in its prestigious 100 Best Places to Work For in America for the second time. The company is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. For more information, visit www.thescooterstore.com.
SOURCE The SCOOTER Store