Life Care Center of Evergreen recently became the only skilled nursing and rehab center in Colorado to receive the 2015 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.


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. At each stage, they must demonstrate quality care in a detailed application.


“It felt great to achieve this – it’s a great accomplishment for all the associates of Life Care Center of Evergreen,” said Keith Mullett, executive director at the center. “This was a goal we set for the facility, and it took a collaborative effort from all facility departments and regional support.”


Nationwide, only 125 organizations achieved the Silver level this year.


“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 Evergreen 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 Evergreen 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.