Assisted living was represented in two of the five 2019 Gold – Excellence in Quality Awards announced Friday by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

The Gold Award is the highest of three levels possible to reach through the AHCA / NCAL National Quality Award Program, which recognizes organizations nationally that are deemed to be models of excellence in providing high-quality care and services. Gold-level honorees, according to AHCA / NCAL, have invested multiple years in mastering and applying Baldrige Criteria quality improvement standards in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, customer and workforce focus, and operations and knowledge management.

This year’s Gold – Excellence in Quality Award recipients:

  1. Parker at Stonegate, an assisted living community in Highland Park, NJ.
  2. Christian Health Care Center, an assisted living and skilled nursing facility in Wyckoff, NJ.
  3. George E. Wahlen Ogden Veteran’s Home, a skilled nursing facility in Ogden, UT.
  4. The Villages Rehabilitation and Nursing, a skilled nursing facility in Lady Lake, FL.  
  5. Vista Pacifica Convalescent, a skilled nursing facility in Riverside, CA.

“These recipients are role models for our sector, and because of their years of hard work, dedication and passion, they are improving and will continue to improve lives every day. This recognition is more than well deserved,” AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson said in the announcement. 

Since the inception of the National Quality Award Program in 1996, only 43 assisted living and skilled nursing facilities have achieved the Gold level of quality recognition. The first two assisted living communities were named to the list in 2018.

This year’s Bronze-level winners and Silver-level winners previously were announced. 

A full list of recipients is available on the AHCA / NCAL Quality Award website. Recipient organizations will be honored during the organization’s 70th Convention & Expo​, Oct. 13 to 16 in Orlando.

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