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2017 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 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.).  Since the first awards were presented in 2001, a total of 53 awards have been presented to 46 individual facilities.

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 2017 Governor’s Award, nominations must be postmarked by March 1, 2017.  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 directly outside of the Business Office at the Nursing Home.

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. 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.

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