Vetter Health Services Facilities Receive Bronze National Quality Awards

Bronze Logo   Heritage Care Center, Fairbury, NE; Linden Estates, North Platte, NE; South Haven Living Center, Wahoo, NE; Southlake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center, Lincoln, NE; and Heritage Care Center, Iowa Falls, IA have all been recognized as 2014 recipients of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The program honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

“I applaud each of these for their commitment to delivering quality care,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “This award represents the dedication that each Bronze recipient has given to improve quality in the long term and post-acute care profession.”

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL 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. Centers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential 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. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, each of these facilities may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award.

“This award demonstrates that all of these facilities are committed to striving for quality improvement,” said Ed McMahon, Ph.D., Chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “Heritage Care Center, Linden Estates, South Haven Living Center, and Southlake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center have laid a strong foundation for continuing on to the Silver and Gold levels.”

“Every day, our teams to live out our Mission, Vision and Values, including our Vision of Quality Care: “we will dedicate ourselves to provide personalized care and services that achieve extraordinary results and exceed the expectation of those we serve.” Through our dedication to personalized care we achieve extraordinary results. Our teams do it with love, caring and respect as we strive towards our Mission of “Dignity in Life”. I am so proud of all of our teams, and especially these today. Because of their hard work, dedication and quality care provided to our residents they receive this award.” Said Glenn Van Ekeren, President of Vetter Health Services.

The awards are sponsored by AHCA/NCAL Associate Business Members My InnerView, by National Research Corporation and PointRight. My InnerView represents the true voice of nursing home and assisted living residents, families, and employees with the most insightful quality measurement solutions and satisfaction surveys in the healthcare continuum. PointRight is the recognized leader in data-driven analytics for health care and insurance. Heritage Care Center, Linden Estates, South Haven Living Center, and Southlake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center are four of 390 centers to receive the Bronze level award. These awards were presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 65th Annual Convention and Exposition, October 5-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

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