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 2019 Bronze Key Dates:

Intent to Apply (ITA)
November 8th
Fee $75

January 31st, 2019
Fee with ITA Submission $425
Fee w/o ITA Submission $700

June 4th 2019

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Bronze Award


The first step in the National Quality Award Program is the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award.

The goal of this award level is to provide applicants with the tools and resources they need for continuous performance improvement. Through the Bronze criteria, based on the Organizational Profile section of the Baldrige Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence, members will assess their organization’s mission, vision, and key factors that lead to success. This will provide a strong foundation for the second step—the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award level. ​

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The Bronze application packets include important information about the program and eligibility requirements for skilled nursing care centers (SNCC), intellectual and developmental​ disabilities (ID/DD) and assisted living (AL) providers. 

Member centers can also refer to resources such as the calendar for key dates, Bronze Criteria Series Viewing Guide, and the additional resources below.

Application Packets

The National Quality Award Program has introduced a new recertification policy that impacts all current and previous Quality Award recipients.

Under this policy, Bronze and Silver Quality Award recipients will have a limited amount of time to apply for the next award level (Silver or Gold) before being designated as a “past recipient” of the award, a status that requires the center to reapply at the Bronze level if it decides to participate in the program again.

All participating centers are responsible for reading and complying with the recertification policy