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Three 2018 Bronze National Quality Awards Earned

Oak Terrace Senior Communities

[North Mankato, MN] – Oak Terrace Oak Terrace Senior Communities have been recognized as recipients of three 2018 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Awards for their commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The Bronze award is the first of three progressive award levels 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 award program honors association members across the country that have demonstrated their dedication to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“We are proud that each of our facilities--Oak Terrace Assisted Living of North Mankato, Oak Terrace Senior Housing of Le Sueur, and Oak Terrace Senior Housing of Jordan--are to be honored for their commitment to improving quality,” said Drew Hood, Administrator, Oak Terrace Assisted Living of North Mankato. “Working together to reach this milestone has made each of our communities even better. We will not stop improving.”

The National Quality Award Program, established by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which also serves as the foundation for the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige framework helps organizations among different business sectors improve organizational effectiveness and achieve strategy-driven performance.

“Minnesota is known nationally as a leader in long-term care service delivery and these awards signify a commitment--and promise--to continue providing quality care to Minnesota’s older and vulnerable adults,” says Patti Cullen, CEO/President, Care Providers of Minnesota.  “The staff and leadership at Oak Terrace Senior Communities have demonstrated a strong dedication to improving lives and I congratulate them on this important step towards quality improvement.”

The Award 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 essential performance elements such as vision, mission statement, and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As recipients of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award, Oak Terrace Assisted Living of North Mankato, Oak Terrace Senior Housing of Le Sueur, and Oak Terrace Senior Housing of Jordan may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the Silver - Achievement in Quality Award criteria.

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 69th Annual Convention and Exposition in San Diego, California, October 7-10, 2018.





Care Providers of Minnesota is a non-profit membership association with the mission to Lead Members to Excellence. Our 900+ members across Minnesota represent non-profit and for-profit organizations providing services along the full spectrum of post-acute care and long-term services and support. We are the state affiliate for the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living, and with our national partners, we help members succeed.  Find out more at ww.careproviders.org


The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,600 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.


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