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AHCA/NCAL Announces 2014 Bronze National Quality Award Recipients  
AHCA/NCAL Announces 2014 Bronze National Quality Award Recipients
Centers recognized for commitment to quality care
AHCAPressOffice@ahca.org
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

5/29/2014
Washington, D.C.—The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today released the names of 390 long term and post-acute care centers that have earned a 2014 Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award. The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program, which honors skilled nursing and post-acute care centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

“These centers have not only successfully applied the criteria of the National Quality Award program, but have demonstrated a true commitment for improving lives through quality care,” said Ed McMahon, Ph.D., Chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “I applaud and encourage this year’s recipients to continue their quality journeys.”

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.  The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Centers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with fundamental performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award, these centers may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver - Achievement in Quality Award. A full list of the recipients is available on the AHCA/NCAL website.

AHCA/NCAL will announce the 2014 Silver - Achievement in Quality and Gold – Excellence in Quality Award recipients in the coming months. The National Quality Award program is sponsored by AHCA/NCAL Associate Business Members My InnerView, by National Research Corporation and PointRight. My InnerView represents the true voice of nursing home and assisted living residents, families, and employees with the most insightful quality measurement solutions and satisfaction surveys in the healthcare continuum. PointRight is the recognized leader in data-driven analytics for health care and insurance. The recipient centers will be honored during the AHCA/NCAL’s 65th Annual Convention and Exposition, October 5-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.


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