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 Nominations due June 9, 2016


The AHCA Quality Improvement Committee is seeking nominations for the 2016 Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award. This award recognizes an individual that has made significant national contributions to advancing quality performance in long term and/or post-acute care, including either skilled nursing or assisted living settings. Recipients of the award are not required to be AHCA members. 


Past Recipients:

Past recipients of the award include: 

  • Alice Bonner, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
  • Jack Vetter, Vetter Health Services
  • Bernie Dana, Evangel University 
  • Mary Jane Koren, the Commonwealth Fund
  • Bonnie Kantor, Pioneer Network
  • Dale Thompson, Benedictine Health System
  • Mary K. Ousley, Ousley and Associates
  • Barbara Baylis, Providigm
  • Mary & Vivian Tellis-Nayak, My Innerview
  • Edward McMahon, Sunrise Senior Living

Nomination Deadline:

Nominations are due by Thursday, June 9th, 2016.  The recipient will be announced on or before July 25th, 2016.  The award will be presented at the 67th AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention ​and Expo​ on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, in Nashville, TN.

Nomination Requirements:

  • Nominations must be submitted by an individual with an organization that is a member in good standing of AHCA/NCAL.
  • Candidates must be individuals; organizations will not be considered.
  • Nominators must notify the candidates of their nomination.
  • Only one nomination is accepted per candidate. If multiple nominations are submitted for one person, the nominators will be asked to combine nominations or the first nomination will be accepted. If you have questions about whether a candidate has been nominated, please email Erin Prendergast at
  • The nomination must be 500 words or less; nominations exceeding 500 words will not be reviewed.
  • The nomination must reference the nominee’s national impact.
  • The candidate’s resume must be three pages or less; resumes exceeding three pages will not be reviewed.

Candidate Attributes

Below are examples of the types of contributions that strong candidates will exemplify.  

  1. Recognized champion and leader of performance improvement at the national level in in long term and/or post-acute care, including either skilled nursing or assisted living settings. 
  2. Demonstrated ability to educate and advocate for systematic approaches to quality improvement.
  3. Recognized for LTC research and/or interventions that have resulted in significant quality improvement. 
  4. Recognized as a catalyst for innovative approaches that have resulted in measurable improvements.

Selection Process:

  • June 9, 2016: Nominations due online
  • Late June, 2016: The Champion of Quality workgroup (a sub-workgroup of the Quality Improvement Committee) meet via conference call to review the nominations and select the top three candidates.
    • Candidates are selected based on the attributes outlined above. 
    • Any candidates that do not demonstrate a significant national contribution to advancing quality performance in long-term care will not be selected.
  • July, 2016: The top three candidates are distributed to the full Quality Improvement Committee for a vote. The candidate receiving a majority of the votes will be selected as the Champion of Quality recipient. 
  • July 25, 2016: The award recipient will be notified by Governor Mark Parkinson on or before July 25, 2016. 
  • July 25, 2016: All candidates and nominators who were not selected will be notified by AHCA staff on or before July 25, 2016. 

Nomination Submission and Form:

The nomination process must be completed online.

Please submit your nomination here.​


Please contact Erin Prendergast at