The staff at French Prairie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Woodburn has reason to be cheerful of late.
American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) announced recently that French Prairie is named as one of its recipients of the 2019 Bronze Award for Quality. AHCA/NCAL honors long-term and post-acute care providers that have demonstrated commitment to improving the quality of care for seniors and people with disabilities.
"The recipients of the Bronze award are making it their mission to deliver quality care for our nation's elders and individuals with disabilities," said AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson. "This year we have more Bronze recipients than ever before, and I'm convinced that because of their commitment, our profession will continue to grow stronger and make a national impact."
French Prairie staff are pleased to be a part of that.
"An award like this one can only be achieved if the entire team is committed to quality care," French Prairie Administrator Karla Hunt said. "The staff were very excited that we were awarded the Bronze Award for Quality as it reflects the facility's culture of quality, our deep care for our patients and residents, and our support of each other.
"It provides validation that the hard work we do every day is important and makes a difference in peoples' lives," Hunt added.
The distinction is one of three award levels through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program.
Sources from Avalon Health Care, French Prairie's parent group, maintain that commitment to quality is the provision of industry leadership paired with innovation and compassion. The goal is for residents to not only receive exceptional care, but to actively engage in improving the overall health of the community.
The Bronze recognition provides a stepping stone toward that end.
"This is the first year we have won the award. It opens the door to apply for the Silver Quality Award this coming year," Hunt said. "We have not received any other awards, but we have scored highly in the ratings by Medicare.gov, and have performed considerably above the average for facilities in the state of Oregon for regulatory performance."
Based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, AHCA/NCAL's program challenges member providers to achieve performance strides through three progressive levels — Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The Bronze Award recognizes the provider for developing a foundation to begin a journey of continuous quality improvement.
"I applaud this year's Bronze recipients for taking this important step towards quality improvement," said Alana Wolfe, chair of the Quality Award Board of Overseers. "I encourage these providers to continue their path to achieve the highest of quality care."
French Prairie intends to do just that.
"We have an annual quality focus that drives our work and our interactions," Hunt explained. "This year the theme is 'Strive for Five,' with the focus on 5-star customer satisfaction, 5-star quality care and 5-star teamwork."
Hunt said French Prairie staff feel it is a privilege to work in Woodburn and serve the surrounding community.
"We love being a small town facility that serves a larger Willamette Valley region," she said. "We love that we are a facility that honors and cares for veterans. We love our multicultural, collaborative approach to care.
"We feel honored to serve our neighbors and friends, and feel the weight of that responsibility entrusted to us, knowing that we provide an important component of the medical care community," she concluded.
Located at 601 Evergreen Road, Woodburn, OR 97071, French Prairie is Northern Willamette Valley's top destination for short term post-acute care specializing in rehabilitation and clinical healing.
For information or to explore career opportunities, visit https://www.avalonhealthcare.com/frenchprairie/.
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