Kentucky recognized for progress in quality of long-term care

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities/Kentucky Center for Assisted Living announced nine skilled nursing care centers statewide are being recognized for the quality of care they provide. The nine honorees are:

  • Bradford Square Genesis Healthcare, Frankfort
  • Coldspring Transitional Care Center, Cold Spring
  • Colonial Center, Bowling Green
  • Hillside Center, Madisonville
  • Magnolia Village, Bowling Green
  • Nazareth Home, Louisville
  • New Castle Nursing & Rehab, Newcastle
  • Owensboro Center, Owensboro
  • Owenton Center, Owenton

“We are proud to represent these truly dedicated centers to quality service. Kentucky is home to many amazing caregivers and centers that never stop providing for their seniors. We are grateful to acknowledge the great work our members do every day” said Betsy Johnson, president of Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities/Kentucky Center for Assisted Living.

The group of achievers in Kentucky includes nine skilled nursing centers that met one or more of the four national goals. The four goals include reducing long-stay and short-stay hospitalizations, customer satisfaction, reducing antipsychotic use, and improving functional outcomes.

“This achievement represents progress on important quality measures that will positively impact the lives of residents,” said Dr. David Gifford, senior vice president of Quality and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. “We applaud these organizations for their hard work and dedication to this significant quality improvement effort.”

Kentucky had 75 facilities that met one or more of the three national goals (tier 3); 87 facilities that met two or more national goals (tier 2); and 51 facilities that met one national goal (tier 1.)

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) recognized long term care providers for their achievements through its Quality Initiative Recognition Program, which honors member facilities for their individual work in achieving AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative goals. Launched in 2012 by AHCA/NCAL, the Quality Initiative serves as a national e¬ffort to build upon the existing work of the long term and post-acute care profession. The Initiative aims to further improve quality of care in skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities by challenging member facilities to meet measurable goals in areas such as hospital readmissions, off-label use of antipsychotics, and customer satisfaction.