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Four State Veterans’ Homes Recognized with the AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award

July 3, 2019

Florida Leads Nation in Earning National Distinction for Achievements in Delivering Quality Care

Courtesy of the Florida Health Care Association

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is pleased to recognize 17 skilled nursing centers and two assisted living facility members across Florida which earned a 2019 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). Four state veterans’ homes were among the winners.

The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which spotlights providers across the nation who have demonstrated their dedication to improving quality of care for residents and patients in long term and post-acute care. Florida earned more Silver National Quality Awards than any other state in this award cycle, with a total of 56 National Quality Award recipients recognized thus far for 2019.

“Being recognized with the Silver National Quality Award is a significant accomplishment for these centers,” said Emmett Reed, FHCA Executive Director. “We’re proud of our members for their dedication to assessing and implementing approaches that result in better care outcomes. They’re making a positive impact on the lives of their residents and helping their staff excel in quality care delivery.”

Based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program challenges member providers to achieve excellence in quality through three progressive levels—Bronze, Silver and Gold. Members at the Silver Award level develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve performance and quality outcomes. The 2019 recipients of the Silver Award can now apply for the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award by further developing comprehensive strategies that meet the demands of the full Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence.

“These recipients are making a difference for their residents and communities,” said Alana Wolfe, Chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “This award level shows that these providers are setting and reaching quality goals, and I commend them for this outstanding achievement.”

The following state veterans’ homes earned the 2019 AHCA/NCAL Silver – Achievement in Quality Award:

Skilled Nursing Centers

  • Alexander Nininger State Veterans’ Nursing Home, Pembroke Pines
  • Baldomero Lopez State Veterans’ Nursing Home, Land O’ Lakes
  • Emory L. Bennett State Veterans’ Nursing Home, Daytona Beach

Assisted Living Facilities

  • Robert H. Jenkins Jr. Veterans’ Domiciliary Home, Lake City


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