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Albany County Accepts National Award for Commitment to Quality at Nursing Home

Posted: Friday, October 19, 2018 9:59 AM

Albany County formally accepted the 2018 Bronze National Quality Award at the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) award ceremony in San Diego, California on October 9 for its commitment to improving services for local seniors and residents with disabilities.

The Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award represents one of three levels of the National Quality Award Program that recognizes localities across the United States making clear efforts to bring higher quality care to its people based on measurable targets. The formal acceptance of the award comes as the County Executive continues to invest in the ongoing $70 million renovation project at the 250-bed Nursing Home, which he toured yesterday along with other local leaders, architects, engineers and construction crews.

“Our seniors have worked hard throughout their lives, paid taxes, raised families and contributed to their communities and they deserve to live their golden years in comfort and dignity,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “Turning around the finances at our Nursing Home is one of my proudest achievements and the ongoing renovations are going to continue the improvement of services we provide our residents and give them a home they can truly be proud of.”

“The transformation that is taking place at the Nursing Home is nothing short of miraculous and I’m thrilled these national organizations have taken notice of the progress we are making,” said Albany County Nursing Home Executive Director Larry Slatky. “I want to thank all of our dedicated and compassionate staff at our facilities who care for the residents as well as County Executive McCoy for his vision on this project that’s really going to change lives for the better.”

The Albany County Nursing Home is tasked with providing long-term care to those in community who need it most, from 24 hour nursing care, nutritional programs and social services to dining service and recreational activities. The historic modernization project began in October of last year and is expected to be complete by the fall of 2020. The new facilities will be expanded by 77,000 square feet to expand common areas, provide private rooms and make them more accessible on the first floor, and feature energy efficient mechanical equipment and LED lighting that will bring taxpayer savings in the near future.

Albany County was one of only four facilities throughout New York State were honored with the Bronze Award for 2018 and only 37 in total have received the award. Bronze Award recipients will receive the Silver Award after they are able to do an extensive assessment of their approaches and performance measures that they have already established.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy