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Harmar Place receives recognition

MARIETTA — A skilled nursing community in Marietta is among facilities recognized by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living for meeting quality improvement goals set by the organizations last year.

Harmar Place is among all 11 United Church Homes skilled nursing communities in Ohio that received the national recognition in the Quality Initiative Recognition Program that requires long-term and post-acute care member providers to meet specific, measurable targets in key areas by March 2021.

“We’re proud of our staff members who work so hard to improve the quality of life and quality of care of the older adults we serve,” said the Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes. “We are committed to providing the best services available through continuous quality improvement, which includes a robust Quality Awards program and staff development in research-based programming.”

In 2019, the association challenged skilled nursing care centers to lessen hospitalizations, improve customer satisfaction, safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics and improve outcomes for long-stay residents and short-stay guests.

Skilled nursing communities were sorted into tiers based on the number of focus areas with at least one goal achieved. Harmar Place is on Tier 4.

Unlike the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, the recognition program uses data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Minimum Data Set and Nursing Home Compare and customer satisfaction scores submitted by member communities through the association and National Center’s data tracking program. The Quality Award Program is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldridge Performance Excellence Program, of which United Church Homes-owned-and-managed senior living communities have earned either a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

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