The American Health Care Association (AHCA) released the results of its 2018 quality awards and Wesley Place on Honeysuckle was one of only 9 facilities in Alabama to be awarded the 2018 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). The program honors association members across the country that have demonstrated their dedication to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.
“The real beneficiaries of this quality award are the people who make their home with us,” said Patrick Davies, Executive Director of Wesley Place on Honeysuckle. “When you combine the achievement of this quality award with the recent adoption of the Household Model of care at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, you get truly unequaled quality and service.”
In December of 2016, Wesley Place on Honeysuckle became the first health care community in the state of Alabama to adopt the Household Model, which takes a resident-centered approach that empowers individuals to make decisions about their own care.
“Generations of families have called Wesley Place on Honeysuckle their home and continue to do so,” said Davies. “This award means that people can be supremely confident in their choice.”
The National Quality Award Program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision, mission statement, and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the community has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, Wesley Place on Honeysuckle can move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award criteria.
The Award Program, established by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which also serves as the foundation for the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige framework helps organizations among different business sectors improve organizational effectiveness and achieve strategy-driven performance.
The awards will be presented during the AHCA/NCAL’s 69th Annual Convention and Exposition in San Diego, California, Oct. 7-10, 2018.