State recognizes more than 20 health care centers for quality care

More than two dozen Florida Health Care Association member organizations were recognized with the National Bronze Quality Award “for their extraordinary commitment to delivering quality care to Florida’s frail elders,” according to a FHCA release. The award is given by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living. The program honors skilled nursing, assisted living, and post-acute care centers across the nation, according to the release.

Sarasota facilities recognized include the Benderson Family Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Hawthorne Village of Sarasota. Bradenton’s Surrey Place Health Care and Rehabilitation also received the award.

The National Quality Award program started in 1996 and has three levels: bronze, silver and gold.

“Centers 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,” per the release. “Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system.”

Twenty-six facilities in Florida received the bronze-level award.