A Grove nursing home has received a national award that recognizes quality improvements. Grove Nursing Center was awarded a 2019 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for its commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care.

The award, presented by the leading association in long term and post-acute care, honors association members across the country that have demonstrated their dedication to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Care Providers Oklahoma President and CEO Nico Gomez said he was glad that nursing homes are being recognized for their hard work and dedication to resident care.

"The staff at Grove Nursing Center has worked hard to raise the bar when it comes to quality," said Gomez. "The people who ultimately benefit from that work are nursing home residents, who can expect better care and a better quality of life.”

The National Quality Award Program, established by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which also serves as the foundation for the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige framework helps organizations among different business sectors improve organizational effectiveness and achieve strategy-driven performance.

The Award 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, mission statement, and key strengths and challenges. 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. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award, these four nursing homes may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the Silver - Achievement in Quality Award criteria.

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 70th Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida, October 13-16, 2019.