Five Genesis HealthCare Centers Receive Prestigious National Award for Significant Commitment in the Delivery of Quality Care 6/25/2012 12:00:00 AM

[Kennett Square, PA] – June 25, 2012 – Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest providers of skilled nursing and rehabilitation, today announced that five of its Centers have been recognized as 2011 recipients of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality National Quality Award presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award highlights facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their intention to pursue a rigorous quality improvement system.

Genesis Centers receiving the Bronze honor include:
Catonsville Commons, Catonsville, MD
Chelsea Center, Chelsea, MA
Marcella Center, Burlington, NJ
Rutland Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Rutland, VT
Wayne Center, Wayne, PA
Each one of the award recipients has proven its dedication to improving lives through quality care, and it is a privilege to honor them with this year’s award,” said Governor Mark arkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “We congratulate Genesis HealthCare on these achievements.
“Quality is an ongoing commitment at Genesis HealthCare,” notes Chief Executive Officer George V. Hager, Jr.  “Centers throughout our company strive to meet stringent quality standards.  We are proud of the achievement of these centers and the exceptional quality care they provide to our patients every day.”

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. 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, these Genesis centers may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver - Achievement in Quality award.

“The commitment these facilities have made to quality care does not stop with this benchmark award” says Chick Stepahin, Chair, AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “The journey to quality care requires dedication, and these five Genesis HealthCare centers have risen to the challenge.”

The awards are sponsored by AHCA/NCAL Associate Business Member My InnerView, a Web-based applied research and quality-management company that supports leaders across the entire assisted living, senior housing and skilled nursing profession with tools to measure, benchmark and improve performance. The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 63 Annual Convention and Exposition, October 7-10, 2012 in Tampa, FL.

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Genesis HealthCare is dedicated to improving the lives we touch through the delivery of high-quality healthcare and everyday compassion.

About Genesis HealthCare LLC
Genesis HealthCare LLC is one of the nation's largest long term care providers with over 200 skilled nursing centers and assisted living residences in 13 eastern states. Genesis also supplies rehabilitation therapy to over 1,100 healthcare providers in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Visit our website at www.genesishcc.com.


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