Life Care Center of Tullahoma, Tennessee, recently received the 2018 Bronze National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.
The award honors facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities. It is the first of three tiers of recognition (Bronze, Silver and Gold) by AHCA/NCAL and requires a detailed application process submitted to a board of examiners for review.
Applicants develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. They must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system.
Life Care Center of Tullahoma focused its efforts on reducing the use of antibiotics. Associates implemented a program to more closely monitor residents at risk of infection, which resulted in fewer needed antibiotics over the six-month period of data tracking.
“Life Care Center of Tullahoma is proud to be a part of a select group that strives to maintain the commitment to quality that the Bronze award exemplifies,” said JD Davis, executive director at the facility. “Achieving this award helps show the community, our staff and our patients our commitment to being a premier provider of long-term health care. The last sentence of our mission statement is that our programs, services and facilities must be designed and operated with superior quality in order to satisfy the needs of our customers, and this award compliments that statement with distinct parity.”
The Bronze National Quality Award will be presented formally during AHCA/NCAL’s 69th Annual Convention and Exposition, Oct. 7 – 10, in San Diego, California.
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.