Sweetwater Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Receives Bronze National Quality Award

Bronze National Quality Award

Nursing Facility receives nationwide honor for commitment to quality care

Sweetwater Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been recognized as a 2015 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 (AHCA/NCAL). The program honors caregiving centers across the United States that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

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 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. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award, Sweetwater Nursing and Rehabilitation Center may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver - Achievement in Quality Award. Once the Silver award is achieved, a facility may then go forward towards the Gold level of distinction.

Sweetwater Nursing and Rehabilitation Center looks forward to taking the next step towards the Silver level with our ultimate goal of achieving the Gold award.

Sweetwater Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is no stranger to achieving Gold level status having already earned The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval which is awarded after a rigorous inspection of staffs' operation and commitment to quality care and services.  Only 6% of nursing facilities nationwide have the distinction of holding the Gold Seal of Approval.

"Sweetwater Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing quality care and I commend them for that," said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Christine Boldt.