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Sixteen Genesis HealthCare Centers Receive Prestigious Award for Continuous Quality Improvement in Long Term Care

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation's largest skilled nursing companies, today announced that 16 of its Centers have been recognized as 2009 recipients of the Step I National Quality Award presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). This year, 664 nursing and assisted living centers from across the nation applied for the quality award at this level. Genesis HealthCare received 16 of the 435 awards distributed in 2009. Awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL's 60(th) Annual Convention and Exposition, October 4-7, 2009 in Chicago, IL.

Genesis Centers receiving the honor include:

  • Bishops Corner, West Hartford, CT
  • Chapel Manor, Philadelphia, PA
  • Gettysburg Center, Gettysburg, PA
  • Hampshire Center, Romney, WV
  • Harrington Court, Colchester, CT
  • Jersey Shore Center, Eatontown, NJ
  • Loch Raven Center, Baltimore, MD
  • Naamans Creek Country Manor, Boothwyn, PA
  • Oak Grove Center, Waterville, ME
  • River Ridge Center, Kennebunk, ME
  • Sedgewood Commons, Falmouth, ME
  • Somerton Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Pines, Easton, MD
  • The Seasons, Lewisburg, WV
  • Valley Center, South Charleston, WV
  • The Willowbrook, Clarks Summit, PA

"We applaud Genesis HealthCare's 16 Centers for having passed this first step that demonstrates their intention to begin a rigorous quality improvement program, and look forward to their moving forward to pursue the requirements for the Steps II and III awards in the coming years," stated Bernie Dana, Chair, AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers, one of the nine members that oversee the program.

Applicants for the Step I level award have a clear vision and mission for their center and acknowledge key challenges that are embodied in the organizational profile section of the Baldrige criteria. The Step I award recognizes providers that have developed a foundation to begin a journey of continuous quality improvement, and that they have taken the first step in corresponding with any public measures of performance.

"We at Genesis HealthCare take quality very seriously," notes Chief Executive Officer George V. Hager, Jr. "We set very high standards for all of our centers and clearly, these sixteen locations have demonstrated world-class performance excellence and an exceptional standard of care to our patients and residents."

AHCA/NCAL is a trade organization with approximately 11,000 members. Since 1996 AHCA/NCAL has used the concepts of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award as the basis for its three step program for the long term care profession. At the Step I level, applications are reviewed by Examiners who have received special training to qualify as judges for the award program.

The awards are sponsored by AHCA/NCAL Associate Business Member McKesson Medical-Surgical, a leading distributor of medical supplies and equipment to physician practices, surgery centers, hospitals, home care, and extended care centers, and My InnerView, a Web-based applied research and quality-management company that supports leaders across the entire assisted living, senior housing and skilled nursing profession with tools to measure, benchmark and improve performance.

Genesis HealthCare Corporation is dedicated to improving the lives we touch through the delivery of high-quality healthcare and everyday compassion.

About Genesis HealthCare Corporation

Genesis HealthCare Corporation is one of the nation's largest long term care providers with over 200 skilled nursing centers and assisted living residences in 13 eastern states. Genesis also supplies contract rehabilitation therapy to over 800 healthcare providers in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

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