TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
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Williamsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center took home top facility honors at the 2013 Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) annual meeting Nov. 12-14 in Louisville. Williamsburg was named Facility of the Year, winning the honor over three other facilities from across the state. Williamsburg was also the Eastern District Facility of the Year. KAHCF, the trade association that represents proprietary and nonproprietary long-term care facilities throughout the Commonwealth, presented over 40 awards at the Nov. 14 banquet.
The Facility of the Year Award is presented in KAHCF’s districts to nursing homes 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 meeting national standards, the attitudes and enthusiasm of administrator and staff members, and the facility’s activities and involvement with the local community.
“It may not be their first home, but we try to make it as home-like as we possibly can for as long as they have to come and stay, whether it be short-term and we get them all better and get them back home, or whether they have to stay with us long term,” said Michelle Jarboe, administrator at the Williamsburg facility.
“Williamsburg’s staff has demonstrated their desire to provide quality care every day, often without receiving the recognition they deserve,” said KAHCF Chairman of the Board Ken Urlage. “This is one way to recognize their effort. And while it is an important honor, it does not compare to the thanks they receive every day from their residents and families.”
Jarboe credited the Williamsburg staff for making a difference every day in the lives of the residents and the facility.
“They do things that are not normally expected of them. They excel. They’re creative. They’re always trying to come up with different ways, better ways, to care for all of our residents. I don’t ask them to do that. They just do it,” she said.
Williamsburg is also one of three Kentucky facilities to have met all four of the American Health Care Association’s Quality Initiatives. Those initiatives asked facilities to reduce the off-label use of anti-psychotics, rehospitalizations and staff turnover while improving customer satisfaction.
“It is an honor to recognize Williamsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center for their continued commitment to providing quality care to their residents,” said Association President Ruby Jo Lubarsky. “Not only were they named the best facility in Kentucky, but also one of three members to achieve all four of AHCA’s Quality Initiatives. It is truly a recognition they have earned.”
This is just one of many programs in which KAHCF encourages its members to participate in. Others include AHCA’s Quality Initiatives, satisfaction surveys and Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes. More than half of Kentucky’s nursing homes are participating in Advancing Excellence, and the majority of those are KAHCF members.
Established in 1954, the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) is a trade association that represents proprietary and nonproprietary long-term care facilities throughout the Commonwealth.