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For Immediate Release
June 23, 2016

Melissa Lindell, Communications and Legislative Services or 402-471-4047

Grand Island Veterans’ Home Earns 2016 Bronze National Quality Award

Grand Island – The Grand Island Veterans’ Home (GIVH) has been recognized as a 2016 recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of members through quality care. The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long term and post-acute care. The program honors providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“This award shows what a wonderful and caring staff we have at GIVH. They always go the extra mile to improve the lives of our members,” John Hilgert, Director of the Division of Veterans’ Homes said.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the hard work and quality of care that our team provides every day,” Alex Willford, GIVH Administrator said. “This award is made possible by the dedication our staff demonstrates each day by giving our members excellent care. It requires a tremendous amount of teamwork and commitment.”
GIVH is one of only three state veterans’ homes that received this award nationally. A total of 537 nursing homes received the award; 24 of them are in Nebraska.

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is center on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is the foundation of the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

“I applaud the women and men of the Grand Island Veterans’ Home for their commitment to improve quality care,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Christine Boldt. “This award is the first step in a program that serves as an essential guide to performance excellence. I encourage GIVH to continue their quality journey.”

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 67th Annual Convention and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee, October 16-19, 2016.