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Wheatland center receives award

Published on -6/15/2014, 2:28 PM

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Special to The Hays Daily News

RUSSELL -- Wheatland Nursing Center has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. The program honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

"I applaud Wheatland Nursing Center for its commitment to delivering quality care," said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. "This award represents the dedication that each bronze recipient has given to  improve quality in the long-term and post-acute care profession."

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. Centers 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 also must 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. As a recipient of the Bronze Commitment to Quality Award, Wheatland Nursing Center now can move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver Achievement in Quality Award.

Wheatland Nursing Center was one of 390 centers to receive the bronze level award. The award will be presented to Wheatland Nursing Center during AHCA/NCAL's 65th annual convention and exposition Oct. 5 to 8 in Washington.

Wheatland Nursing Center is located at 320 S. Lincoln in Russell. For more information about the facility, call (785) 483-5364.

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