Honors also went to Nazareth Home in Louisville, which was recognized as the 2011-12 Facility of the Year. Facility administrator Mary Haynes and her staff accepted the award. Meade recognized the facility, saying, “Nazareth Home is an excellent facility with a strong tradition and commitment to providing quality care for its residents and a leader in the community when it comes to addressing aging issues. Our long term care profession salutes Mary and the staff for their professionalism and dedication to delivering quality care.”

Opened in 1976 to accommodate and care for Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and others requiring skilled and intermediate care in Louisville, Ky. In 1981, an additional 50 personal care beds were added bringing the total capacity of the facility to 168 beds. Renovations and additions to the original structure were completed in 2002.


LONG TERM CARE ASSOCIATION HOLDS MEETING, HONORS CAREGIVERS

Louisville, KY (November 18, 2011) – The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF), the trade association representing long term care facilities throughout the Commonwealth, held its annual meeting November 15-17 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. More than 1,400 people from across the state and nation attended the conference, including employees of long term care facilities, corporate officers and owners, vendor representatives, and other long term care professionals. The three-day conference included educational sessions, a vendor trade show and the KAHCF Quality Awards Banquet.

Thirty-five educational sessions provided attendees a broad range of continuing education opportunities, including: preventing healthcare associated infections, therapy, consistent assignment of staff and fall prevention. Speakers from throughout the United States conducted these sessions, which are geared toward helping staff and facilities deliver high quality care to long term care residents.

In addition to the educational programs, a trade show featuring over 150 exhibit booths provided attendees the opportunity to visit with industry suppliers, consultants and vendors displaying the latest variety of products and services used by long term care professionals to meet the demands of an aging population.

Special recognition went to Mary K. Ousley, a long-time nursing home administrator from Richmond. Ousley was recently honored by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) with the Friend of Quality Award. AHCA then renamed the award the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award. KAHCF recognized Ousley as well for her work on behalf of not just Kentucky’s, but the nation’s, long term care providers.

Also honored was Cathy Willis, administrator at The Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Corbin. Willis was recognized as Statewide Administrator of the Year for her outstanding contribution to her facility and community and the way she gives each resident individual attention and recognizes her staff. Five District Administrator of the Year awards were also presented. “Our long term care profession is fortunate to have professionals like Cathy who deliver quality care every day to our residents. We all congratulate Cathy on this special honor,” said KAHCF Chairman of the Board Wanda Meade.

Honors also went to Nazareth Home in Louisville, which was recognized as the 2011-12 Facility of the Year. Facility administrator Mary Haynes and her staff accepted the award. Meade recognized the facility, saying, “Nazareth Home is an excellent facility with a strong tradition and commitment to providing quality care for its residents and a leader in the community when it comes to addressing aging issues. Our long term care profession salutes Mary and the staff for their professionalism and dedication to delivering quality care.”

District Facility of the Year Awards were also presented to long term care facilities that have demonstrated an outstanding level of achievement in the past year. The nominees are judged on strict criteria, including facility and department goals and objectives, quality patient care and goals, the attitudes and enthusiasm of the administrator and staff members, and the facility’s activities and involvement with their local community. Facilities entering the judging must demonstrate a commitment to quality initiatives and also conduct customer satisfaction surveys of its residents and families.

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