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AHCA Bestows National Award to Barbara Baylis  
AHCA Bestows National Award to Barbara Baylis
Long term care professional receives 2012 Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award for outstanding contributions to quality care
Michael Cowden
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

7/19/2012
Washington, DC – Praising her dedication to improving quality in long term and post-acute care, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) announced Barbara Baylis as the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award. The award will be presented officially at the Closing General Session of AHCA/NCAL’s 63rd Annual Convention & Expo on October 10 in Tampa, Florida. 
 
“Barbara has shown a unique conviction, dedication, and passion for quality care,” stated Governor Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA. “It is through the commitment of individuals like Barbara that our profession is making great advancements to improve the lives of the patients we serve. I am proud to recognize her achievements through this award.”
 
AHCA presents the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award to an individual or organization that has made a significant national contribution to advancing quality performance in the long term care field. Recipients must consistently advocate for quality approaches, while demonstrating the ability to educate and advocate for a systems approach to quality improvement. Recipients also display leadership in the development, promotion, and implementation of quality improvement initiatives that improve the quality of care and quality of life for individuals in need of long term care. In 2011, the Friend of Quality Award was renamed the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award to honor the ongoing legacy and commitment to quality care demonstrated by its namesake, Mary Ousley, a licensed nursing home administrator and nurse who has dedicated her life to quality improvement programs in long term care.
 
With more than 20 years of experience in organizing and strengthening clinical operations in long term care facilities, Baylis is considered an exceptional champion of quality improvements. Baylis started her quality journey in 1992 when she began to introduce Continuous Quality Improvement to 200 nursing centers across 16 states at Living Centers of America. Baylis was an early contributor to the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program as an Examiner and an educator. She is currently a Master Examiner, a member of the Quality Award Board of Overseers and a member of the CMS Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Technical Advisory Panel (TEP). Baylis holds the position of Senior Vice President of Clinical and Residential Services at Kindred Healthcare.
 
“Barbara has long been a role model and mentor to other nurse executives,” said Peter Corless, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration at Kindred Healthcare, in his nomination of Baylis. “She is always willing to take a phone call and share her time and resources with others.”
 
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The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 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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