July 16, 2014
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13 Pennsylvania Skilled Nursing Centers Recognized For Quality Achievements

Receive American Health Care Association’s National Quality Awards

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) congratulates 13 skilled nursing centers for earning a national quality award from the American Health Care Association.

“Quality care is every skilled nursing center’s top priority,” said Stuart Shapiro, MD, PHCA President and CEO.  “These facilities have demonstrated their commitment to quality care by choosing to participate in the American Health Care Association’s rigorous quality awards program, and actually achieving the award is a testament to the caring, professional way their caregivers and staff work with residents and their families. We are so proud they are being recognized with this distinction and we congratulate all of them.”

Pennsylvania’s silver award recipient is Pennknoll Village in Bedford County.  Pennknoll Village is owned by Consulate Management.  There were 77 silver award winners nationally.

Pennsylvania’s 12 bronze award recipients are:

Center , County, Operator

Brookside Healthcare and Rehab Center, Montgomery, Nationwide Health Care
Countryside Convalescent Home, Mercer, Quality Life Services
Edinboro Manor, Erie, HCF Management
Envoy of Somerset, Somerset, Consulate Management
Golden Living Center – York Terrace, Schuylkill, Golden Living
Langhorne Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, Bucks, Extendicare
Nottingham Village, Northumberland, Independent
Pavilion at St. Luke Village, Luzerne, Consulate Management
Renaissance Healthcare and Rehab Center, Philadelphia, Nationwide Health Care
Statesman Health and Rehab Center, Bucks, Extendicare Health
Sugar Creek Rest, Armstrong, Quality Life Services
Sweden Valley Manor, Potter, HCF Management

Nationally, 390 skilled nursing facilities earned a bronze quality award.

The AHCA national quality award program has three progressive step levels. Applications are judged by trained examiners who provide feedback on opportunities for improvement to support continuous learning. Facilities must achieve an award at each level to progress to the next level. Facilities cannot have had a regulatory deficiency at the “immediate jeopardy” or substandard quality of care levels on any state Department of Health survey for the past three years to qualify.

Bronze – Commitment to Quality.  Applicants begin their quality journey by developing an organizational profile including vision and mission statements, an awareness of their environment and customers’ expectations, and a demonstration of their ability to improve a process.

Silver – Achievement in Quality. Applicants demonstrate a level of achievement in their quality journey through performance outcomes that have evolved from how they embrace the core values and concepts of visionary leadership, focus on the future, resident-focused excellence, management by innovation, and focus on results and creating value.

The national quality award program began in 1996 and assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals. Gold award winners will be announced in August.

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