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Congratulations to Minnesota's Silver Quality Award recipients

   By Patti Cullen, CAE  | June 27, 2019  |  All members

2019 Silver Quality AwardOn June 27,2019, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) announced the recipients of the 2019 Silver–Achievement to Quality Award. The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, 
AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which recognizes providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care in long-term and post-acute care.

This year 183 long-term and post-acute providers in 42 states and the District of Columbia achieved the silver award, including these nine from Minnesota!
  • All Saints Senior Living, Shakopee
  • Arbor Oaks Senior Living, Andover
  • Birchwood Health Center and Arbors, Forest Lake
  • Good Samaritan Society–Waconia, Waconia
  • Highland Senior Living Community, Little Falls
  • Lakewood Health System Care Center, Staples
  • Meadow Ponds Assisted Living, Pierz
  • Minnehaha Senior Living, Minneapolis
  • The Landmark of Fridley, Fridley

“We have much to be proud of in Minnesota, but we are especially proud of our members who have embraced this quality journey, and who believe that continuous quality improvement is key to delivering quality care and service to our most vulnerable citizens”, said Sharon St. Mary, chair, Board of Directors for Care Providers of Minnesota. 

Based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Baldrige Performance Excellence program, the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program challenges member providers to achieve performance excellence through three progressive levels—bronze, silver, and gold. At the silver level, members develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve organizational performance and healthcare outcomes. The 2019 recipients of the silver award may now apply for the Gold–Excellence in Quality Award by further developing comprehensive strategies that meet the demands of the full Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence.

Earlier this month, the Association announced the names of the 19 members who achieved the Bronze award this year. A full list of silver and bronze recipients is available on the “Active National Quality Award Recipients” page of the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award website. Gold award recipients will be announced later this summer. The 2019 recipients will be honored during AHCA/NCAL’s 70th Convention & Expo, October 13–16, 2019, in Orlando, Florida.

Congratulations to all of you for achieving success in your American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Quality Award Application—another great representation for Minnesota with nine silver recipients this year.  

We do know that over 90% of members who have been/will be participating in our hands-on quality awards workshops for completing the bronze applications and the silver applications have been successful in achieving their bronze or silver award. So, if you are interested in starting this journey with your colleagues, we encourage you to hold the dates for our next workshops, led by Paul Grizzell of Core Values Partners:
  • Silver workshop: October 11, 2019
  • Bronze workshop: January 9, 2020

Patti Cullen, CAE  |  President/CEO  |  |  952-851-2487


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