On July 10, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Eli. N. Avila visited PAH and the Skilled Care Center (SCC) to present the state’s inaugural “Award for Excellence in Health Care Compliance.”
“One of our goals is to change how we demonstrate quality assurance in Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Avila. “In reviewing our role, we realized we were missing positive reinforcement, which led to this award recognizing facilities that have shown excellence in meeting state regulations.”
Facilities receiving the award were required to have no state citations over the last three calendar years based on annual health survey inspections. All department-licensed nursing homes were eligible for the award and did not need to apply to be considered.
PA Secretary of Health Dr. Eli. N. Avila, visited PAH, along with Deputy Secretary for Quality Assurance, Anna Marie Sossong and Director for Nursing Home Facilities, Susan Williamson, where they presented the award to Kathy Magnes, BSN, RN, NA, SCC Nursing Home Administrator, at a ceremony in the Zubrow Auditorium.
Afterwards, the Department of Health guests toured the SCC facility on 5 Spruce, including newly renovated rooms and sections currently still under construction.
“For years, Pennsylvania Hospital has taken great pride in maintaining a deficiency-free skilled nursing facility,” said Magnes. “This achievement has been accomplished through the dedication and devoted care that the skilled care team members provide each and every day and we are honored to have our efforts recognized.”