OSWEGO — Oswego Health and Rehab was recognized as a 2016 recipient of the Bronze — Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care.

The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, the leading association for long-term and post-acute care. The program honors providers across the nation that have demonstrated commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the hard work and quality of care our team provides every day,” Stacie Cloud, Oswego Health and Rehab administrator, said in a statement. “We are committed to providing high-quality, person-centered care to our residents and their families. We will never stop improving.”

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is the foundation of the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The program assists providers of long-term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

The 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 and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants also must demonstrate an 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. As a recipient of the Bronze — Commitment to Quality Award, Oswego Health and Rehab may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver — Achievement in Quality Award.

“I applaud the women and men of Oswego Health and Rehab for their commitment to improve quality care,” the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Christine Boldt said in the statement. “This award is the first step in a program that serves as an essential guide to performance excellence. I encourage Oswego Health and Rehab to continue their quality journey.”

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 67th annual convention and exposition Oct. 16-19 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Charles recognized

Ann Charles, assistant director of the Great Plains Development Authority, has been named among the 2016 class of “50 Kansans You Should Know” by Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine.

The story on Charles tells that she embraced values from her rural upbringing that shaped her life in Parsons, where she served as editor and publisher of the Sun before starting a second career at Great Plains.

“Rural America has a closer dependency on its manufacturers’ success. … A manufacturing company takes on a living persona in a rural area because if it fails, the whole community is at risk,” Charles told Ingram’s.

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