In front of a crowd of more than 1,800 health care leaders, five Alabama nursing homes today received prestigious, national awards for health care quality. The presentations were part of the American Health Care Association’s 67th Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center's Mattie Banks, left, and Delilah Griffith with the Silver Quality Award.

Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center’s Mattie Banks, left, and Delilah Griffith with the Silver Quality Award.

Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center was presented the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award for outstanding performance in the health care profession. It is the eighth Alabama skilled nursing care center to earn this award.

As a recipient of the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award, Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center has demonstrated systematic advancements in quality, plans for continual improvement and sustainable organizational goals.

“This award is a symbol of our dedication to improving the lives of the patients and residents we care for every day,” Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center Administrator Mattie Banks said. “Our staff members work hard to provide high quality care with a compassionate spirit. We’re honored to be recognized for the good work we do.”

Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center is one of 71 skilled nursing care centers to receive the silver level award in 2016.

Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award Winners

During the same ceremony, six Alabama nursing homes received the American Health Care Association’s Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. The centers join 57 other Alabama nursing homes that have earned the Bronze award since 1996.

NHC Health Care - Anniston Administrator Tim Taylor and Floyd E. "Tut" Fann State Veterans Home Administrator Belinda Schrimsher with the Bronze Quality Award.

NHC Health Care – Anniston Administrator Tim Taylor and Floyd E. “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home Administrator Belinda Schrimsher with the Bronze Quality Award.

Alabama’s 2016 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award recipients are:

  • Cedar Crest Health & Rehab, Montgomery
  • Coosa Valley Nursing Home, Sylacauga
  • Floyd E. “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home, Huntsville
  • NHC HealthCare – Anniston, Anniston

To earn the Bronze award, nursing homes develop an organizational profile with fundamental performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system.

These Alabama Nursing Home Association members are part of 537 long-term and post-acute care centers in 48 states to receive bronze awards in 2016.

Next Steps on the Quality Journey

As recipients of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, these centers may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award.

As a silver award recipient, Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award, which requires them to address the Baldrige Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence in its entirety.

About the National Quality Awards

Implemented by the American Health Care Association in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long-term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals. The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.