Nominations Sought for 2018 Governor's Award for Quality Care
DES MOINES, IOWA (January 12, 2018) – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities. The Governor's Award recognizes Iowa health care facilities that offer unique or innovative activities to enhance the quality of care or quality of life for their residents. Nominations are open to all health care facilities licensed under Iowa Code chapter 135C, which include nursing facilities, residential care facilities, and intermediate care facilities, including those facilities specializing in the care of persons with mental illness or intellectual disabilities. (Not eligible for nomination are assisted living programs, elder group homes, or hospital-based nursing facilities as these facilities are not licensed under the Iowa Code chapter establishing the Award program.)
Last year, the Rehabilitation Center of Allison was selected to receive the 2017 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities. This is the second time that the Allison Center has been named an award-winning facility having been previously selected in 2009. The Allison facility received three nominations from a former resident and family members of current residents, all of whom stressed the Center’s homelike environment and caring staff.
Residents and family members may nominate an Iowa-licensed long-term care facility for the award. Facilities may not nominate themselves for this recognition. In order to be considered for a 2018 Governor's Award, nominations must be postmarked by March 1, 2018. Nomination forms may be obtained by calling the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) at 515-281-7102, downloaded from the Department's web site at http://dia.iowa.gov, or by clicking here.
All nominations must state the reason the facility should be considered, such as any unique services provided by the facility to its residents, and any activities undertaken by the facility to enhance the quality of care or quality of life for its residents. A facility’s history of compliance and whether it accepts residents for whom costs are paid by the Medicaid program are also factors used in the determination of eligibility for a Governor’s Award. Upon receipt by DIA, the nominations will be evaluated and a list of finalists prepared. Under Iowa law, no more than two facilities from each Congressional District may be selected for a Governor's Award.