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For Immediate Release: June 10, 2019

Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center Earns 2019 AHCA/NCAL Bronze National Quality Award

Pender, NE - Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center, an affiliate of the Pender Community Hospital, has been recognized as a 2019 recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for its commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. The program, presented by the leading association in long term and post-acute care, honors association members across the country that have demonstrated their dedication to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

"It's a great honor to be recognized with the 2019 AHCA/NCAL Bronze National Quality award because we take great pride in providing the best quality care for our residents," said Shari Dorsey, Administrator for the Legacy Garden and Rehabilitation and Living Center. "We are excited to take the next step in achieving the next award levels in the future to further validate our commitment to quality and performance excellence."

The National Quality Award Program, established by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which also serves as the foundation for the metricbased AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige framework helps organizations among different business sectors improve organizational effectiveness and achieve strategy-driven performance.

The Award Program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision, mission statement, and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award, Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the Silver - Achievement in Quality Award criteria.

"I applaud Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center for taking this important step towards quality improvement," said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Alana Wolfe. "I encourage Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center to continue on its path to achieving the highest of quality care."

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL's 70th Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida, October 13- 16, 2019.

About Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center

Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center dates back to 1972, it was acquired by the Pender Community Hospital District in 2003. Over the years, the Pender Community Hospital District has become a model of an effective Rural Health System. Through the loyalty and generous support of everyone making up the hospital district, plus the dedication of the medical staff, Board of Directors, and hospital staff, we continue to deliver top quality health care.

About AHCA/NCAL

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more
than 13,700 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.