AHCA/NCAL Announces 2019 Silver National Quality Award Recipients 183 long term and post-acute care providers recognized for achievement in quality care Released:June 27, 2019 AHCA Press Office (202) 898-6333 AHCAPressOffice@ahca.org Page ContentWashington, D.C. — Today, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) announced the 183 long term and post-acute care providers in 42 states and the District of Columbia that have earned the 2019 Silver - Achievement in Quality Award. The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which recognizes providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care in long term and post-acute care. “It’s amazing to see so many member centers and communities receiving this award,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “Despite all of the challenges we face as a profession, I continue to be astonished by the quality outcomes our members achieve. It’s an honor to be able to recognize them for their dedication to improving lives.” Based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program challenges member providers to achieve excellence in quality through three progressive levels—Bronze, Silver and Gold. Members at the Silver award level develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve performance and quality outcomes. “These recipients are making a difference for their residents and communities,” said Alana Wolfe, Chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “This award level shows that these providers are setting and reaching quality goals, and I commend them for this outstanding achievement.” This year’s Silver recipients may now apply for the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award by further developing comprehensive strategies that meet the demands of the full Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence. A full list of Silver and Bronze recipients is available on the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award website here. The 2019 Gold award recipients will be announced later this summer. The 2019 program is sponsored by AHCA/NCAL Associate Business Members: First Quality, NRC Health, Team TSI Corporation, and MatrixCare. Recipient organizations will be honored during AHCA/NCAL’s 70th Convention & Expo, October 13-16, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. ABOUT AHCA/NCALThe American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 13,700 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development 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.