2019 AHCA/NCAL Bronze National Quality Award Winners

Five Hawaii nursing facilities participated in the 2019 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program and all of them received the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award: Ann Pearl Nursing Facility, Avalon Care Center, Hale Kupuna Heritage Home, One Kalakaua Senior Living and Pu`uwai `O Makaha.



2018 AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award Winners

Aloha Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in Kaneohe and Hi`olani Care Center at Kahala Nui this week became the first Hawaii facilities to win the Silver National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The Silver Award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. This program recognizes providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care in long term and post-acute care. It is based on the core values and criteria of the nationally recognized Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, and challenges providers to achieve performance excellence.

Both Aloha Nursing and Hi`olani at Kahala Nui have won Bronze Awards in previous years, and achieving a Bronze Award is required before applying for a Silver Award. They are now eligible to become Hawaii’s first-ever Gold Award winners.

2018 AHCA/NCAL Bronze National Quality Award Winners

Photo Above: Garden Isle Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center

Photo Above: Maunalani Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Photo Above: Palolo Chinese Home

Three Hawaii skilled nursing facilities attained national recognition Thursday for their efforts to provide high quality care to their residents.

Garden Isle Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, Maunalani Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Palolo Chinese Home are the latest Hawaii nursing homes to attain a Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living. (AHCA/NCAL).

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii is the state affiliate for AHCA/NCAL, which represents more than 13,600 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the nation.

The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program honors providers throughout the country that have demonstrated their commitment to delivering quality care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. At the Bronze level, providers develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements, and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system.

Trained examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. Recipients of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award may now apply for the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award.

Baldrige Award

Adventist Health Castle is the first organization in the state of Hawaii to receive the prestigious Baldrige Award, and the 21st hospital in the country since the inception of this program in 1987 to ever have received this Award. The award is named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was established by Congress to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses. The goal is nationwide
advancements in quality and innovation.

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

Hawaii’s nursing homes sustain their #1 rank in the nation for appropriately low antipsychotic medication use for long-stay nursing home residents. Hawaii has had a 45.2% decrease over the past six years.

Hawaii Ranks #1 as the State with the Highest Proportion of “A” Grade Hospitals

The Leapfrog Group announced the Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade Update, which ranks all 50 states based on the number of “A” hospitals compared to the total number of graded hospitals.  Hawaii jumped two spots to become the top ranking state in the nation, with the highest proportion of “A”-rated hospitals, at 72.73%.