AUGUSTA — Maine Veterans’ Homes Augusta recently received the Maine Health Care Association 2015 Celebrating Excellence in Quality Award during a recognition ceremony held at the Augusta Civic Center. The awards, which were presented by Maine First Lady Ann LePage, are given annually to long-term care providers that are making significant strides towards achieving and maintaining quality, according to a news release from Maine Veterans’ Home.

This award is designed to showcase facilities that have shown quality improvement gains through specific quality improvement processes designed to enhance quality care to residents. Maine Veterans’ Homes Augusta was recognized for achieving the AHCA/NCAL National Silver Achievement in Quality Award.

To be considered, nominees must meet certain criteria, including demonstration of success in clinical outcomes for residents through nursing, therapy or other disciplines; pursuit of professional development and commitment to leadership, staff development and/or commitment to measuring and improving resident/staff/family satisfaction, according to the release. Nominations for the award were submitted by long-term care facilities statewide and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges with long-term care expertise.

According the release, MHCA President and CEO Richard Erb said, “Maine’s long term care facilities provide compassionate quality care on a daily basis. Providers are genuinely committed to quality improvement efforts to better serve their residents. This luncheon and awards program are a tribute to their dedication and our way of saying thank you — we appreciate your work.”

MHCA is a nonprofit trade association representing 250 long-term care providers statewide including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Maine Veterans’ Homes Augusta is a not-for-profit, long-term care facility whose mission is caring for those who served.

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