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Dr. Alice Bonner Named 2015 Champion of Quality Award Recipient  
Dr. Alice Bonner Named 2015 Champion of Quality Award Recipient
Leader, advocate honored for outstanding contributions to quality care

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Washington, D.C. — The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) announced Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN, GNP, as the 2015 recipient of the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award for her contributions to quality in the long term and post-acute care community.

Widely recognized nationally as a progressive leader in health policy, Dr. Bonner co-led the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, which established broad-based coalitions in 50 states and contributed to a 13.1 percent reduction in the rate of antipsychotic use nationally over 18 months. During her tenure at CMS, she also directed the development and implementation of a new Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) program and led a national rollout for all nursing centers. At the state level, she co-authored and implemented the Massachusetts Statewide Plan for Care Transitions used by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and state leaders as a roadmap for improving care transitions across settings.

“Alice’s passion for quality care combined with her ability to inspire and engage leaders from diverse sectors has benefited the lives of those we care for every day,” said Mary Ousley, AHCA Quality Cabinet Co-Chair and namesake of the award. “Her dedication and pioneering work continues to make a positive impact. This recognition is well-deserved for Alice.”

Currently, Dr. Bonner is Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. At Northeastern University in Boston, she serves as Associate Professor of the School of Nursing and Faculty Associate at the Center for Health Policy at Bouve College of the Health Sciences. She also serves as Program Director of the Schwartz-Jonas Fellowship for Compassionate Care.

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.

Dr. Bonner will be presented the award at AHCA/NCAL’s 66th Annual Convention and Exposition, October 4-7, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas.



The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 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 nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit or​​