Four Alabama nursing homes are being nationally recognized for their commitment to quality health care.
The Alabama Nursing Home Association members are part of 590 long-term and post-acute care centers across the country receiving the American Health Care Association’s 2019 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award.
Alabama’s award recipients are:
- Cypress Cover Care & Rehab Center, Muscle Shoals
- Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center, Hanceville
- Hillview Terrace Rehab Select, Montgomery
- Regency Retirement Village, Huntsville
These centers join 79 other Alabama nursing homes that have earned the Bronze award since 1996.
The award is the first of three distinctions – Bronze, Silver and Gold – of the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) National Quality Award Program. The program spotlights centers that have demonstrated their commitment to delivering quality care for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Implemented by AHCA in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is also the basis of the metric-based AHCA Quality Initiative. The Baldrige program helps organizations across different business sectors use strategies to improve performance and organizational effectiveness.
“The recipients of the Bronze award are making it their mission to deliver quality care for our nation’s elders and individuals with disabilities,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA. “This year, we have more Bronze recipients than ever before, and I’m convinced that because of their commitment, our profession will continue to grow stronger and make a national impact.”
To earn the Bronze award, skilled nursing care centers 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. Trained examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria.
“I applaud these nursing homes for taking this important step towards quality improvement,” said the AHCA National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Alana Wolfe. “I encourage all of them to continue on their path to achieving the highest of quality care.”
Implemented by the AHCA in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is the foundation of the metric-based the AHCA Quality Initiative. The program assists providers of long-term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.
Recipients of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award.
The awards will be presented during the AHCA’s 70th annual Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida, October 13-16, 2019.