Bright lights. Big stage. Blaring music. A rock concert? Well…kind of.

The event is one of the largest gatherings of the long-term and post-acute care profession. The stars are nurses and administrators who are leading their nursing homes to the top of the charts in health care quality. The cheering crowd is their peers celebrating the accomplishments of their friends and colleagues.

That was the scene for 10 Alabama nursing homes receiving national quality awards from the American Health Care Association. The presentations are part of the American Health Care Association’s 67th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Burns Nursing & Rehab received the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award for outstanding performance in the health care profession. It’s the ninth Alabama skilled nursing care center to earn this award.

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

“Quality improvement is a journey, not a destination,” Burns Nursing & Rehab Administrator Mark DeArman said. “Since my grandparents founded this nursing home in 1966, we’ve always worked to provide better care for our residents and rehab patients. Earning this award is another milestone in our journey.”

Burns Nursing & Rehab is one of 191 skilled nursing care centers from 45 states receiving the silver award in 2017. Click here to read more about Burns Nursing & Rehab’s quality achievements.

Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award Winners

AHCA Quality Award Ceremony commemorative book.

AHCA Quality Award Ceremony commemorative book.

During the same ceremony, nine Alabama nursing homes received the American Health Care Association’s Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. The centers join 61 other Alabama nursing homes that have earned the Bronze award since 1996.

Alabama’s 2017 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award recipients are:

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 520 long-term and post-acute care centers from 46 states receiving bronze awards in 2017.

Next Steps on the Quality Journey

As recipients of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, the 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, Burns Nursing & Rehab 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 AHCA 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.