East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center receives national award for best practices in quality care, one of only three in Massachusetts

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East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center receives national award for best practices in quality care, one of only three in Massachusetts

EAST LONGMEADOW, MASS. (July 18, 2016) – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) recently announced the selection of East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center as a recipient of the 2016 Silver - Achievement in Quality award for its outstanding performance in the health care profession.

East Longmeadow is one of only three facilities in Massachusetts, and one of only 72 facilities in the nation, selected to receive the silver award in 2016. The competitive award program highlights select centers across the nation that serve as models of excellence in providing high-quality long term care.

“We are proud to have received the Silver Award and we’re pleased that an independent panel of examiners saw the high value we place on quality care and service excellence,” said Michael Marcus, Administrator at East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center, which is an affiliate of Berkshire Healthcare. “Our focus at East Longmeadow has always been on people. We want to continue to evolve our quality care and service to even greater heights.”

“We congratulate the entire East Longmeadow team on this achievement,” added Bill Jones, President of Berkshire Healthcare. “It’s a great example of how we are advancing quality across our affiliates with more and more Berkshire facilities earning recognition for quality care.” Fifteen of Berkshire’s skilled nursing and assisted living facilities have earned the Bronze award from AHCA/NCAL; 13 have also reached the Silver level; and two hold the distinction of the Gold award, the highest level in the program.

Based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program challenges member providers to achieve performance excellence through three progressive levels—Bronze, Silver, and Gold. At the Silver level, members develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve performance and health care outcomes.

“It takes incredible dedication and passion to successfully apply the demands of the criteria,” said Chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Christine Boldt. “I applaud East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center for reaching this level and for its commitment to always improve.”

As a recipient of this year’s award, East Longmeadow can now advance in developing approaches that meet the criteria required for the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award.

The awards will be presented to honorees on October 18 during AHCA/NCAL’s 67th Annual Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.

East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center is a non-profit organization that has been caring for people in the Pioneer Valley since 1965. Located on 14 acres of wooded land bordering Franconia Golf Course, East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center provides top-quality, personalized short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing care, respite care, and specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care, all in a warm, homelike setting. Hospice services are available for compassionate end-of-life care. The community boasts 119 resident beds, two spacious outdoor courtyards, large common areas, and a fully equipped rehabilitation gym. East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, an organization which integrates additional quality improvement principles into the daily operations with focus on improved resident outcomes. East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing is owned by Berkshire Healthcare, a leader among non-profit, post-acute care providers in Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.eastlongmeadownursing.org.

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