Life Care Center of Ocala, Florida, recently received the 2015 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.


The facility was one of only 125 organizations nationwide to receive this level of recognition this year.


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


The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Facilities begin at the Bronze level and must earn an award at each level before applying for the next. They must fill out a detailed application for each tier.


“The Silver Award application takes the entire team on a journey,” explained Janice Myers, executive director at Life Care Center of Ocala. “It forces a team to look even more closely at the systems, successes, improvement areas and services offered. I am so very proud of my team for achieving this.”


Life Care Center of Ocala highlighted its on-site physician, as well as its cardiac program, on its nomination, in addition to other services.


“Achievement of the Silver National Quality Award is a prestigious accomplishment recognized throughout the health care community, and we are very proud of the associates at Life Care Center of Ocala for their hard work to reach this goal,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “The award is also symbolic of a highly functioning team because it takes the commitment of every associate to win it.”


“By successfully applying the rigorous standards of this program, Life Care Center of Ocala has achieved a significant milestone on its quality journey,” said Christine Boldt, chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers.


The Award will be presented formally during AHCA/NCAL’s 66th Annual Convention and Exposition, Oct. 4 – 7, in San Antonio, Texas.