Bronson Commons Earns 2021 AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award
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Published on October 12, 2021

Bronson Commons Earns 2021 AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award 

KALAMAZOO, MICH. – Bronson Commons in Mattawan was recently awarded the 2021 Silver - Achievement in Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). This program recognizes healthcare providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for residents and individuals with disabilities in long term and post-acute care centers. This year, 54 skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities across the country earned the silver award. Bronson Commons is the only recipient in Michigan.

 “One thing I am most proud of as it relates to our quality award process is our team: our team of frontline employees, Incident Command Committee members, and leaders.” says Season Marinich, executive director of Bronson Commons. “The fact that our culture of a systematic and evidence based approach to quality care is so strong that it did not falter during a pandemic is admirable and inspiring to me. I am so proud of the resilience and dedication of my team to continue their standard of excellence, which allowed us to successfully accept this silver quality award.”

Created by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is a rigorous three-level process that is reviewed and judged by trained experts against a set of nationally recognized standards for organizational excellence. The standards of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program help organizations achieve superior performance to improve quality of life and care of long term care residents and staff. At the Silver level, members develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve organizational performance and health care outcomes. 

“Reaching the Silver Award level successfully while also compassionately and heroically protecting and caring for residents during a pandemic is remarkable,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Tammy Kelly. “I applaud the resiliency and dedication of Bronson Commons for continuing their quality improvement journey and for this outstanding achievement.”

As a 2021 recipient of the Silver award, Bronson Commons can now advance in further developing comprehensive approaches that meet the criteria required for the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award.

In addition to the silver award from AHCA/NCAL, Bronson Commons is certified by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and has received a five-star quality rating every year since 2008. It has also been named to the Best Nursing Homes list by U.S. News and World Report since 2013.   

About Bronson Commons

Bronson Commons located in Mattawan in Van Buren County, is a 100-bed skilled nursing center offering extensive rehabilitation therapies. It is part of the full continuum of care that Bronson provides to patients and families in southwest and south central Michigan.  It is a member of the Bronson Healthcare system. With 8,400 employees and more than 1,500 medical staff members, Bronson is the largest employer and leading healthcare system in southwest Michigan. It offers a full range of services from primary care to critical care across more than 100 locations.

About the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.