Sioux Center Community Hospital building

Long Term Care Awarded National Quality Award

Royale Meadows Care Center, the nursing facility of Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera, has been recognized as one of the 2009 recipients of the Step I National Quality Award presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). Royale Meadows was one of 435 facilities in the country to receive the award.

 "We applaud Royale Meadows Care Center for having passed this first step that demonstrates their intention to begin a rigorous quality improvement program, and look forward to their moving forward to pursue the requirements for the Steps II and III awards in the coming years," stated Bernie Dana, Chair, AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers.

Applicants for the Step I level award have a clear vision and mission for their facility and acknowledge key challenges that are embodied in the organizational profile. The Step I award recognizes providers that have developed a foundation to begin a journey of continuous quality improvement, and that they have taken the first step in corresponding with any public measures of performance.

"We are proud to be recognized for quality in our nursing facility. We will continue to strive for the highest levels of quality, and we hope to meet the requirements for the next two steps of this award," said Kathy Gerdes, Senior Services Director of the Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera.

The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program was created in 1996 and is modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award - the nation's premier award for recognizing distinguished achievement. The AHCA/NCAL national Quality Awards are presented to three levels of achievement: the first level Step I award; a more rigorous Step II award; and a comprehensive Step III award.

"Our Quality Award is the most prestigious recognition of quality within the long term care profession," said Bruce Yarwood, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. "This facility's achievement places it at the forefront of organizational and performance excellence."