DES MOINES — Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 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.)
In 2019, Horizons Unlimited of Emmetsburg and Colonial Manor of Elma were selected to receive the award. The facilities were selected from a field of 12 entities that were nominated by residents, their family members, and former residents. Since the first awards were presented in 2001, a total of 58 awards have been presented to 50 individual facilities. This was the first year that Colonial Manor captured the top honor; Horizons Unlimited also won in 2012.
Residents and family members may nominate an Iowa-licensed long-term care facility for the award. Facilities may not nominate themselves for this recognition. To be considered for a 2020 Governor's Award, nominations must be postmarked by March 1, 2020. Nomination forms may be obtained by calling the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) at 515.281.7102.
All nominations must list 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.
The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals is committed to protecting the health and safety of Iowans through regulation and oversight of health care, food, and gaming; application of administrative law; and investigation of Medicaid and welfare fraud.