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Memorial Care Center earns national quality care award

Memorial Care Center in Belleville has been recognized as a 2021 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living for its commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care.

Memorial Care Center has offered skilled nursing and rehabilitative services to the St. Clair County area since 1963.

The center is just one of 19 Bronze Quality Award Winners in Illinois and one of just 236 facilities across 42 states across America.

The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. The program, presented by the leading association in long term and post-acute care, honors association members across the country that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and people with disabilities.

Created by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is considered a rigorous three-level process that is reviewed and judged by trained experts against a set of nationally recognized standards for organizational excellence. The standards of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program help organizations achieve superior performance in order to improve quality of life and care of long-term care residents and staff.

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 sustainable performance improvement system. Trained Examiners

review each application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, Memorial Care Center may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving advanced levels of performance that meet the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award criteria.

Memorial Care Center is Magnet recognized for nursing excellence and has been named for 11 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top nursing homes in America.

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