AHCA-NCAL Silver – Achievement in Quality Award honors best practices in skilled nursing and post-acute care facilities

(Leesburg, VA) – (July 19, 2012) – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) are pleased to announce the selection of Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as a 2012 recipient of the Silver – Achievement in Quality for its outstanding performance in the health care profession. The competitive award highlights select facilities across the nation that serve as models of excellence in providing high-quality long term care.

“This award is a benchmark of distinction in the journey to providing high quality care,” said Governor Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “The long term and post-acute care community applauds Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on this great achievement.”

In an indication of a strengthening commitment to quality care in skilled nursing and post-acute care centers, the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program saw success rates of applicants for the Silver award double from 8 percent to 17 percent. Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was one of 52 facilities nationwide to receive the Silver-level award this year.

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the 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 and must receive an award at each level before proceeding to the next. As a recipient of the Silver – Achievement in Quality award, Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has demonstrated systematic advancements in quality, plans for continual improvement, and sustainable organizational goals. Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Gold – Excellence in Quality award, which requires them to address the Baldrige Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence in its entirety.

“Receiving this award is evidence of the staff commitment and successful leadership at Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and its ability to apply rigorous standards to operations and service,” says Chick Stepahin, Chair, AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been consistent in its performance and dedication to providing high-quality care.”

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 award will be presented to Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center during AHCA/NCAL’s 63rd Annual Convention and Exposition, October 7-10, 2012 in Tampa, FL.