Oak Crest Receives the 2013 Delmarva Foundation Committed to Excellence Award

PARKVILLE, MD---Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland, has awarded a 2013 Committed to Excellence Award to the continuing care neighborhood of Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community.  Oak Crest received the award for the category of pressure ulcer reduction in residents living in the skilled nursing neighborhood. Oak Crest has been an active participant in the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC).  The Collaborative is a national quality improvement initiative that includes almost 5,000 nursing homes across the United States working to improve the lives of their nursing home residents.  "It is an honor to have the opportunity to recognize Oak Crest as a recipient of the Delmarva Foundation Committed to Excellence Award," said Jacqueline Hairston, RN Delmarva Project Manager.  "Recipients of this award have demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence and providing quality care for their residents.  Oak Crest's exemplary leadership and staff are to be commended for their success this year.  Delmarva congratulates them on their achievements and looks forward to our continued collaboration to improve the health of Maryland's Medicare beneficiaries." The Committed to Excellence Award recognizes individual nursing home performance improvement in different quality improvement initiatives.  The clinical topics of focus for 2013 included a reduction in the use of antipsychotic medication, falls, pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections and reducing the number of residents requiring transfer back to a hospital.  To receive the 2013 award, the nursing homes must have met the following criteria: • Submit monthly data that shows improvement and sustainment in the clinical measure(s) selected. • Most recent annual certification survey with no G level or higher deficiencies. • Participation in the NNHQCC • Submit application and share throughout the year the processes and system changes implemented to achieve success in chosen area(s). • Attend Delmarva scheduled conferences, WebEx calls, and/or conference calls. "Receiving this honor from the Delmarva Foundation is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our health care professionals," stated Ms. Pamela Spry, Director of Nursing at Oak Crest.  "We pride ourselves in thorough personalized care management to recognize and address the special needs of our residents and their families." The continuing care neighborhood at Oak Crest features assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care services. [caption id="attachment_122185" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The continuing care neighborhood of Oak Crest received a 2013 Delmarva Foundation Committed to Excellence Award at a ceremony held in Linthicum in June. Pictured from left to right are Jan Perry, Quality Care Coordinator at Oak Crest, Pam Spry, Director of Nursing at Oak Crest, and Dr. Columbus Giles, Medical Director for the Delmarva Foundation.[/caption] About Oak Crest:  Oak Crest is one of eighteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in Parkville, Maryland the scenic 87-acre campus is home to more than 2,100 residents.  Oak Crest is the ideal greater Baltimore retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.

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