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Huron Woods Receives National Award
Start Date
06/28/2011
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Huron Woods Receives National Award for Commitment to Quality Services

Huron Woods, a center for geriatric care specializing in Alzheimer’s and progressive dementia, has been recognized as a 2011 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality National Quality Award for its outstanding performance in the health care profession. The award, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), highlights facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their intention to pursue a rigorous quality improvement system.

“This award underscores our commitment to providing safe, quality care to the residents of Huron Woods. We provide care in a healing environment, while supporting the patient and their loved ones; and we are proud to be recognized for these efforts,” said Susan Pettis, administrator of Huron Woods.

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

“This award signifies a great commitment to quality care and an important step in raising the standards of sustainable, person-centered care and services,” says Governor Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “We congratulate Huron Woods on this achievement.”

The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Facilities 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 demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. A team of trained Examiners reviews each Bronze application to determine if the facility has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality award, Huron Woods may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver - Achievement in Quality award.

“The recipients of the quality awards exemplify the energy and dedication required to advance quality care to the next level,” says Chick Stepahin, Chair, AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “Improving quality care is an evolutionary cycle, and these facilities are the forerunners of the movement.”

Huron Woods is a 73-bed licensed Home For the Aged (HFA) that provides specialized care for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of progressive dementia. For more information, visit www.stjoeshealth.org/HuronWoods.
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