Regency Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center at Red River earned national honors for demonstrating their commitment to improving the quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living awarded the 2016 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award to nursing homes who achieved the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. The award was presented Yesterday in Nashville at the AHCA/ACAL’s 67th Annual Convention and Exposition.

“Long term care in Texas is improving every day, thanks to the commitment of dedicated staff and leadership,” said Kevin Warren, president of the Texas Health Care Association. “This award shows that efforts to improve nursing home care in Texas are paying off.”

The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program is centered 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 goals.

The 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 fundamental performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. Recipients may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver - Achievement in Quality Award.