[Canton, OHIO] (July, 2023) – Altercare Somerset has been recognized as a 2023 recipient of the Bronze Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for its commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. The program honors providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for our nation’s elders and individuals with disabilities.
“I am so very privileged to work alongside this amazing team of people who serve our long term care population with dignity, respect, and compassion.,” said Andrea Cullinan, Executive Director of Altercare Somerset. “To see their great works be awarded with the AHCA Bronze award is such a proud moment for our facility and community.”
The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program is a rigorous three-level process that is reviewed and evaluated by trained experts against a set of nationally recognized standards for organizational excellence. The standards of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program help organizations achieve superior performance over time to improve quality of life and care of long term care residents and staff.
Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision, mission statement, understanding of key customers, and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a sustainable performance improvement system. Trained examiners review each application to determine if a center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality award, Altercare Somerset may now move forward to the Silver - Achievement in Quality award criteria.
“Earning this award is a milestone to be proud of,” said Cathy Bergland, AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board Chair. “It’s at this point that providers see what is possible by committing to the process of improvement. Congratulations to Altercare Somerset for this achievement. I encourage you to continue your quality improvement journey.”
The awards will be presented during Delivering Solutions 23, the AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo, October 1-4, 2023 in Denver, Colorado.
Altercare Integrated Health Services is a family-owned company operating 25 nursing care and rehabilitation centers in Ohio and Michigan. Altercare centers provide a full continuum of services including post-hospital transitional care, skilled nursing, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, Alzheimer’s and related dementia programming, and assisted living and independent living in specific locations. Altercare centers are recognized for quality care having earned bronze, silver, and gold American Health Care Association awards and being named one of the Best Places to Work in Northeast Ohio by NorthCoast 99. For more information, visit altercareonline.com.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers, and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org.