BronzeAwardLogoTwo Alabama Nursing Home Association members are being nationally recognized for their commitment to quality health care.

They are part of 390 long term and post-acute care centers across the country receiving the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) 2014 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award.

Alabama’s Bronze award recipients are Galleria Woods Healthcare Center in Birmingham, and Roanoke Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Roanoke. They join 49 other Alabama nursing homes that have earned the Bronze award.

The Bronze Commitment to Quality Award is the first of three distinctions possible through AHCA’s National Quality Award program, which honors skilled nursing and post-acute care centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.

To earn the Bronze award, nursing homes develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. They also demonstrate the 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.

“These centers have not only successfully applied the criteria of the National Quality Award program, but have demonstrated a true commitment for improving lives through quality care,” said Ed McMahon, Ph.D., Chair of the AHCA National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “I applaud and encourage this year’s recipients to continue their quality journeys.”

Implemented by AHCA 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.

As a recipient 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. A full list of the recipients is available on AHCA’s website.

Staff from Galleria Woods Healthcare Center and Roanoke Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center will be honored during AHCA’s 65th Annual Convention and Exposition, October 5-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C.