Careage Hills in Cherokee is one of seven long-term facilities in the State of Iowa that has earned a Quality Award from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) for demonstrating its commitment to continuous quality improvement.
Careage Hills received a 2009 Step I Quality Award by showing how the staff has integrated the elements of systematic quality improvement into daily operations. As a Step I Award recipient, Careage Hills has demonstrated its commitment to resident center care and how it is striving to meet their needs.
The AHCA National Quality Award Programs was created in 1996 and is modeled after the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award-the nations premier award for recognizing distinguished achievement. The AHCA National Quality Awards are presented to three levels of achievement: the first level Step I Award; a more rigorous Step II award; and a comprehensive Step III award.
"Our Quality Award is the most prestigious recognition of quality within the long-term care profession," said AHCA President and CEO, Bruce Yarwood. "This facility's achievement places it at the forefront of organizational and performance excellence, where the mission of quality care for elderly and disable Americans is vigorously pursued."
Careage Hills' achievement shows that dedicated frontline caregivers, administrators, nurses and physicians are committed to providing quality care and meeting residents' needs, "Yarwood continued.
Careage Hills Administrator Marilyn Peck adds, "We are very proud to receive this award. It is a tribute to the wonderful staff we have here at Careage Hills. They are all dedicated to making the lives of the residents that we serve better everyday."
Peck also noted that of the seven Step I Quality Award recipients in Iowa, three of them were awarded to Careage Management facilities. Careage Management owns Careage Hill and five other facilities in the State of Iowa.