Husband and wife team honored for outstanding contributions to quality care
Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association (AHCA) today announced
Vivian (V.) Tellis-Nayak, PhD, and Mary Tellis-Nayak, RN, MSN, MPH, the 2013 recipients of the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality award. The couple is being recognized for their contributions to quality in the long term and post-acute care community.
Though they often function as a seamless team, both Vivian and Mary have individually impacted the profession in a unique way. The couple has been involved from the beginning with My InnerView, by National Research Corporation, a business for which the two continue their work on quality long term care services. Mary serves as the Vice President of Quality Initiatives, and Vivian is the Senior Research Advisor.
Vivian, a renowned long term care researcher, quantitatively proved that Directors of Nursing (DoNs) and Nursing Home Administrators (NHAs) are directly related to skilled nursing care center quality performance. He also provided the first quantitative proof that quality in skilled nursing centers has a positive impact on financial revenue and that DoN and NHA turnover are the single best predictors of poor quality and revenues. Mary, a nurse by trade, has focused the majority of her professional career on promoting the importance, role, and function of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and other direct caregivers. She authored several groundbreaking sets of standards for dementia care units, sub-acute care, and person-centered care. Mary continues to advocate nationally on the topics of quality, long term care leadership, and performance improvement. Throughout their careers, Vivian and Mary have blended their areas of expertise to provide a multitude of widely used and well-regarded surveys, leadership tools, and quality resources that focus on the importance of high-quality caregiving on overall performance.
“When considered alone, both Vivian and Mary have impacted this profession in innumerable ways,” said Mary Ousley, AHCA Quality Chair and namesake of the award. “But when you think about these two people as a combined force of positive change, it is astonishing how much they have guided the advancement of quality and research in long term care. I cannot think of two more deserving people than Vivian and Mary for 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.
Vivian and Mary Tellis-Nayak will be presented the award at the AHCA/NCAL 64th Annual Convention & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 6-9, 2013.
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 www.ahcancal.org or www.ncal.org.