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2022 AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award Recipients Announced<p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/qualityaward_silver.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;200px;height&#58;200px;" />The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) is pleased to announce the&#160;names of the 46 recipients of the&#160;2022&#160;Silver – Achievement in Quality Award. <br></p><p>This year, 40 skilled nursing care centers, 3 assisted living communities, and 3 skilled nursing/ assisted living providers in 24 states and the&#160;District of Columbia achieved the Silver Award.</p><p>A <a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/Quality/National-Quality-Award-Program/Pages/QualityAwardRecipients.aspx" target="_blank">complete list</a> of the 2022 Silver recipients is available on the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award website.</p><p><span>The Silver award is the second of three distinctions possible through the&#160;<a data-linkto="https&#58;//" href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/Quality/National-Quality-Award-Program/Pages/default.aspx" title="https&#58;//cl.exct.net/?qs=cea46ab20949a040ea4dce2625daab2b71c6b230c22849008ac82148cb68c3f978d14eec3fa9f8cd963301684ae2055c491dd5a5eee9c73b" target="_blank">AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program</a>,&#160;which recognizes providers across the nation that have demonstrated improved quality outcomes for staff, residents and individuals with disabilities in long term and post-acute care.&#160;Each application is reviewed and judged against a set of nationally recognized standards for achieving excellence.</span></p><p>On August 5, 2022, Gold Quality Award recipients will be announced.</p><p>The awards will be presented during <a href="https&#58;//www.eventscribe.net/2022/AHCA/" target="_blank">AHCA/NCAL’s 73rd&#160;Convention &amp; Expo</a> in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 9-12, 2022.<br></p>2022-06-27T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/qualityaward_silver.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Quality AwardsAHCA/NCAL StaffThis year, 40 skilled nursing care centers, 3 assisted living communities, and 3 skilled nursing/ assisted living providers in 24 states and the District of Columbia achieved the Silver Award.
AHCA Documentary Wins Capital Emmy Award<p style="text-align&#58;center;"><img src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/2022/emmy2.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;500px;height&#58;240px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p>The American Health Care Association (AHCA) documentary, <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtK_RIIyMpA" target="_blank">“Closed Doors, Open Hearts&#58; Nursing Homes and COVID-19,”</a> received a National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter (Capital) Emmy Award Saturday evening in the <a href="https&#58;//www.capitalemmys.tv/post/capital-emmys-documentary-cultural-topical?fbclid=IwAR2tbw_erLDKnE4G89snUKO14vJ0ho9vtPjrh82J0MCvAFOpilT4A0EfVJo" target="_blank">Documentary – Cultural/Topical</a> category.&#160;&#160;</p><p>The documentary, which was up against three other nominees, features two nursing homes on opposite sides of the country and their struggles and perseverance at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights the heroic caregivers who continued to serve through the most challenging times. It also provides a glimpse into what has really happened inside nursing homes since early 2020 and why it is so important to continue supporting these vital providers’ ongoing efforts to keep residents safe and healthy.&#160;</p><p>The <a href="https&#58;//www.capitalemmys.tv/" target="_blank">Capital Emmy Chapter</a> is one of 19 regional chapters that make up The National Academy of Television Arts &amp; Sciences. It is a non-profit, professional organization serving the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC television and media community. The organization’s foundation is The Emmy® Award, the TV industry’s gold-standard for the recognition of television excellence.&#160;</p><p>“It is an honor merely to be nominated, but to win is truly special,” said AHCA President &amp; CEO Mark Parkinson. “Nursing homes have been at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic since the very beginning, and these providers have gone above and beyond to protect this highly vulnerable population. Thank you for allowing us to share their important story and for recognizing the hard work and passion that went into making this film. It is dedicated to everyone in long term care – staff, residents, families, and those who support them.”&#160;</p><p>The Capital Emmy is the next in a number of awards AHCA’s 26-minute film has received this year. It recently received Telly Awards in three categories&#58; <a href="https&#58;//www.tellyawards.com/winners/2022/social-video/general-documentary/closed-doors-open-hearts-nursing-homes-and-covid-19/273696" target="_blank">Gold recognition</a> in Social Video/General Documentary, Silver <a href="https&#58;//www.tellyawards.com/winners/2022/peoples-telly/general-social-video/closed-doors-open-hearts-nursing-homes-and-covid-19/263922/" target="_blank">recognition</a> in the People’s Telly Award/General-Social Video, and Silver <a href="https&#58;//www.tellyawards.com/winners/2022/non-broadcast/general-documentary-individual/closed-doors-open-hearts-nursing-homes-and-covid-19/270584/" target="_blank">recognition</a> in General Documentary – Individual. The Telly Awards are premier awards honoring video and television across all screens. The documentary was also recognized with a Silver <a href="https&#58;//www.healthawards.com/dha/winnerss2022/dha_s2022_winners.pdf" target="_blank" title="https&#58;//www.healthawards.com/dha/winnerss2022/dha_s2022_winners.pdf">Digital Health Award</a> earlier this month.&#160;&#160;</p>2022-06-27T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/740%20x%20740/emmy.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Caregiving;QualityAHCA StaffAccolades continue for the Association’s short film focused on nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2022 AHCA/NCAL Bronze National Quality Award Recipients Announced<table role="presentation" class="x_stylingblock-content-wrapper" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="background-color&#58;transparent;min-width&#58;100%;"><tbody style="color&#58;#000000;font-family&#58;arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-style&#58;normal;font-weight&#58;normal;letter-spacing&#58;normal;text-align&#58;start;text-indent&#58;0px;text-transform&#58;none;white-space&#58;normal;word-spacing&#58;0px;text-decoration&#58;none;"><tr></tr></tbody></table><p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/qualityaward_bronze.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;140px;height&#58;140px;" />The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) is pleased to announce the&#160;names of the 180 recipients of the&#160;2022&#160;Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award.&#160;</p><p>This year, 151&#160;skilled nursing care centers, 26 assisted living communities, and 3 skilled nursing/assisted living providers in 40 states achieved the Bronze award.</p><p>A <a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/Quality/National-Quality-Award-Program/Pages/QualityAwardRecipients.aspx?cm_ven=ExactTarget&amp;cm_cat=2022+Bronze+Quality+Award+Recipients+Announced%21+-+20220525_133109&amp;cm_pla=Marks+Memos+2022+List&amp;cm_ite=https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/Quality/National-Quality-Award-Program/Pages/QualityAwardRecipients.aspx&amp;cm_lm=1686246924&amp;cm_ainfo=&amp;&amp;&amp;&amp;&amp;" target="_blank">complete list</a> of the 2022 Bronze recipients is available on the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award website.</p><p>The Bronze award is the first of three distinctions possible through the&#160;<a href="https&#58;//cl.exct.net/?qs=098547b001bfb03a8234ca06fc480d74193a3d9bd6566b05328ca68ca6ff226c11a95ac5e32029056513ff112984acf1177c8bec8c168891" title="https&#58;//cl.exct.net/?qs=098547b001bfb03a8234ca06fc480d74193a3d9bd6566b05328ca68ca6ff226c11a95ac5e32029056513ff112984acf1177c8bec8c168891" target="_blank">AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program</a>, a comprehensive organizational assessment and recognition program for long term care providers. Each application is reviewed and judged against a set of nationally recognized standards for achieving excellence.<br><br>Silver award applicants will be notified on June 23, and Gold award applicants will be notified on August 5.<br><br>The awards will be presented during <a href="https&#58;//www.eventscribe.net/2022/AHCA/?utm_source=ahcancal_homepage&amp;utm_medium=main_rotator&amp;utm_campaign=rotator_convention&amp;cm_ven=ExactTarget&amp;cm_cat=2022+Bronze+Quality+Award+Recipients+Announced%21+-+20220525_133109&amp;cm_pla=Marks+Memos+2022+List&amp;cm_ite=https&#58;//www.eventscribe.net/2022/AHCA/?utm_source%3dahcancal_homepage%26utm_medium%3dmain_rotator%26utm_campaign%3drotator_convention&amp;cm_lm=1686246924&amp;cm_ainfo=&amp;&amp;&amp;&amp;&amp;" target="_blank">AHCA/NCAL’s 73rd&#160;Convention &amp; Expo</a> in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 9-12, 2022.</p><p>Contact the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award team with any questions at&#160;<a href="mailto&#58;qualityaward@ahca.org?subject=" title="qualityaward@ahca.org" target="_blank">qualityaward@ahca.org</a>.</p><p></p><p></p>2022-05-27T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/qualityaward_bronze.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Quality AwardsAHCA/NCAL StaffThis year, 151 skilled nursing care centers, 26 assisted living communities, and 3 skilled nursing/ assisted living providers in 40 states achieved the Bronze award.
Old People Are Cool<p>​May is Older Americans Month; and after two years of a pandemic, this year’s celebration has taken on new meaning as more people are able to enjoy in-person events and activities. For example, in Washington, D.C., nursing homes and assisted living communities, along with their staff and residents, physically and symbolically connected in a city-wide relay run held May 12. This event, the second annual D.C. Longevity Fun Run, honors elders—especially those over the age of 100—and celebrates the resilience and strength of those who live and work in senior living. </p><p>“It reunites us as a community beyond our walls and reminds us that we have more in common than that which has kept us apart. Each older American participating has a lifetime of wisdom to share,” says Tina Sandri, chief executive officer of Forest Hills of D.C. (FHDC).<br><br><img src="/Topics/Special-Features/PublishingImages/2022/AgeMyWay.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;" />The theme this year was Old People Are Cool, in connection with a project by the same name launched by Linked Senior. The initiative is designed to confront harmful ageism that may prevent communities from reaching their maximum potential. People can go online and take the <a href="http&#58;//oldpeopleare.cool/oath/" target="_blank">Old People Are Cool Oath.</a> Charles de Vilmorin, chief executive officer and co-founder of Linked Senior and an avid long-distance runner, coordinated the relay race’s logistics; he also ran in the event.<br><br>To kick off fun run D.C. Council member Mary Cheh delivered a proclamation declaring that May is Old People Are Cool Month in D.C. The D.C. Council had voted the previous week to approve this proclamation. </p><h3>Ready, Set, Go!</h3><p>The relay started with Cherrie Neville, an FHDC resident. During the event, senior living residents throughout the city passed the baton to health care workers. The run closed with Judith O’Hara, Resident Council President at FHDC, receiving the baton from the last runner. Originally from Oak Park, Ill., O’Hara spent her career as an attorney specializing in estate planning and as an advocate for poor and marginalized people. <br><br>“The residents living in our collective senior living communities have rich stories to tell, and this was a wonderful opportunity to recognize them and give them a chance to share their insights and experiences,” said Sandri. <br><br>A total of 11 communities and their residents and staff participated in the relay. In addition to FHDC, these included Stoddard Baptist Homes, The Marigold Assisted Living, Serenity Rehabilitation and Health Center, Stoddard Baptist Global Care, Carroll Manor, Jeanne Jugan Residence/Little Sisters of the Poor, Knollwood Life Plan and Retirement Community, Forest Side of D.C., Lisner Louise Dickson Hurt Home, and Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue. <br><br>The race also had Isabella Firth Shycoff, FHDC board chair; Sithembile “Thembi” Chithenga, MD, MPH, an epidemiologist and team lead, HCF Investigations, Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, D.C. Department of Health; and Salamawit Iemma, a certified nursing assistant at Sunrise of Connecticut Avenue all running together. <br><br>“It was so wonderful to see so many people united by their love for our residents and older people everywhere,” said Sandri. <br><br>Older Americans Month was established in 1963. Historically, it has served as an acknowledgement of the contributions of past and current older people to the country. Every President since John F. Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation asking the nation to pay tribute to older people in their communities. Each year the celebration has a different theme. The 2022 theme is Age My Way.<br><br><em>Joanne Kaldy is a freelance writer and communications consultant based in New Orleans.</em></p>2022-05-19T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Topics/Special-Features/PublishingImages/2022/OAM_2022.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Caregiving;QualityJoanne KaldyMay is Older Americans Month; and after two years of a pandemic, this year’s celebration has taken on new meaning as more people are able to enjoy in-person events and activities.