Four of Alabama’s skilled nursing care centers are being nationally recognized for their commitment to quality health care.

The Alabama Nursing Home Association members are part of 538 long-term and post-acute care centers across the country receiving the American Health Care Association’s 2016 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award.

Alabama’s award recipients are:

These centers join 57 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.

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 centers for their commitment to improve quality care,” said AHCA National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Christine Boldt. “This award is the first step in a program that serves as an essential guide to performance excellence. I encourage each center to continue its quality journey.”

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 the foundation of the metric-based 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 AHCA’s 67th Annual Convention and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee, October 16-19, 2016.

ANHA to Focus on Recognizing Health Care Quality

Earlier this year, ANHA’s Director of Professional Development and Regulatory Affairs Katrina Magdon announced plans to help more nursing care centers earn quality awards.

“We’ve long known our members have the quality outcomes needed to earn national recognition,” Magdon said in March. “This effort will make sure those achievements are recognized. It also ensures we’ll continue to be leaders in health care quality because the award program sets the foundation for systematic improvement. Our members will be better able to recognize an area that is lacking, know what is needed to improve and understand how it affects other areas of their facility.”

Click here to read the full article and learn more about ANHA’s plans. ANHA will host the “AHCA Bronze Quality Award – Hands on How to Workshop” on August 11, 2o16.

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