Louisville, Ky – The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities has announced that Hillcrest Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corbin is among five Kentucky long term and post-acute care members were recognized with a 2016 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for their dedication to quality care. The National Quality Award Program by AHCA/NCAL spotlights providers across the country that have demonstrated their commitment to delivering quality care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by AHCA/NCAL with a National Quality Award,” said Gail Gibbs, Hillcrest administrator. “Improving the lives of the residents and families we care for every day is our top priority. This award represents the dedication and pride of our staff in providing quality care.”

The other Kentucky facilities honored are Hyden Health and Rehabilitation, Hyden; Crestview Center, Shelbyville; Williamsburg Health and Rehabilitation, Williamsburg; and Kindred Hospital Louisville-Subacute Unit, Louisville.

“We are pleased five of our members have earned the Bronze Quality Award from AHCA. Our members are dedicated to improving the lives of the residents they care for every day,” said Betsy Johnson, KAHCF President. “Being recognized for their hard work and commitment is well deserved.”

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, which is the foundation of the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. 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. Providers 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 also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. Recipients of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award.

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 67th Annual Convention and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee, October 16-19, 2016.