Nine of Alabama’s nursing homes are being nationally recognized for their commitment to quality health care.
The Alabama Nursing Home Association members are part of 521 long-term and post-acute care centers across the country receiving the American Health Care Association’s 2018 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award.
Alabama’s award recipients are:
- Bill Nichols State Veterans Home, Alexander City
- Capitol Hill Healthcare & Rehab First, Montgomery
- Crowne Health Care of Montgomery, Montgomery
- Diversicare Park Place, Selma
- McGuffey Healthcare Center & Rehab First, Gadsden
- Piedmont Health Care Center, Piedmont
- Shelby Ridge Rehab Select, Alabaster
- Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, Dothan
- Westside Terrace & Rehab First, Dothan
These centers join 70 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 Bronze award exemplifies a dedication to positively impacting quality,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA. “I am proud to spotlight our members for their relentless drive to advance our nation’s skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities.”
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.
“This year’s Bronze award recipients are leading the way for others in the profession pursuing quality care,” said AHCA National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Alana Wolfe. “I commend them on this accomplishment and challenge them to continue making progress in quality improvement.”
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 69th Annual Convention and Exposition, October 7-10, 2018, in San Diego, California.