MediLodge of Taylor honored with national award

MediLodge of Taylor, a skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation facility, has been recognized as a 2010 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality National Quality Award. The honor was presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, a trade organization with about 11,000 members nationwide.

“The commitment to quality designated by this award is a key first step to developing systematic, sustainable, person-center care and services,” said Bruce Yarwood, president and CEO of the association. “We congratulate MediLodge of Taylor on this achievement.

The National Quality Award Program, first implemented in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award Program. It provides a pathway for providers of long-term and post-acute care services to journey towards performance excellence.

Facility begin their quality journey at the bronze level, where they are asked to develop an organizational profile that includes vision and mission statements, an awareness of their environment and customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants also are asked to demonstrate their ability to improve a process.

At the bronze level, applications are reviewed by examiners who have received special training to qualify as judges for the award program.

MediLodge of Taylor may now move forwarded in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver – Achievement in Quality award. The final step in the journey is the Gold – Excellence in Quality award, which requires a facility to address the Baldridge Program’s Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence in its entirety.

As well as being acknowledged for the National Quality Award, MediLodge of Taylor has been awarded the Five-Star Quality Rating through www.medicare.gov. The system was created to help consumers, their families and their caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and help identify areas about which to ask questions.

The rating system is based on continued efforts as a result of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987, a nursing home reform law, and more recent quality improvement campaigns such as the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes, a coalition of consumers, health-care providers and nursing home professionals.

Nursing home ratings are taken from three sources of data: health inspections, staffing and quality measures. Nursing homes vary in the quality of care and services they provide to their residents. Reviewing health inspection results, staffing data and quality measure data are three ways to measure nursing home quality. The information provides a “snap shot” of the care individual nursing homes give.

“I am extremely proud of our team for their innovative practices, commitment to excellence and outstanding results,” said Barney Foland, administrator of MediLodge of Taylor. “We are looking forward to the next step in our goal of achieving The Baldridge Award.”

MediLodge of Taylor is a 142-bed short-term rehab and skilled nursing facility located at 23600 Northline Road in Taylor. Since 1969, MediLodge has provided high-quality, personalized nursing home care for loved ones.

Foland said the strength of the facility is the staff – well-trained, competent individuals who demonstrate their care and concern for residents every day.

For more information, visit www.medilodgeoftaylor.com or contact Business Development Coordinator Tracy Bishop at (734) 309-3009.