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PAH Skilled Care Center Receives State’s 2nd Annual Award for Excellence

DOH-PAH-SCCThe Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf, visited PAH on May 15, to present the second annual “Awards for Excellence in Health Care Compliance” to the Pennsylvania Hospital Skilled Care Center (SCC).

Kathy Magnes, BSN, RN, NHA, SCC Administrator, accepts the Award of Excellence in Health Care Compliance from members of the PA Department of Health.

The PAH SCC is the only site in Philadelphia and one of only two out of 711 long-term care facilities regulated by the PA Department of Health, to receive this award. Facilities are required to have no state citations over the last three calendar years based on annual health survey inspections in order to receive this award.

“The staff members of the Skilled Care Center are elated that they have once again been awarded the Department of Health's annual Award for Excellence in Healthcare Compliance,” said SCC Administrator Kathy Magnes, BSN, RN, NHA. “It had only been made possible through the continued dedication and efforts of my skilled care team members to ensure that Pennsylvania Hospital remains ‘the best place for a patient to be a patient.’ We are honored to receive this recognition.”

The other site to receive the award is the Schuylkill Center of Genesis HealthCare in Pottsville. Both sites also received the award last year when it was first established.

The Department of Health licenses and oversees all long-term care facilities statewide and conducts approximately 5,000 inspections annually, including licensure and certification surveys, follow-up surveys and complaint investigations. All department-licensed long-term care facilities are eligible for the Annual Award of Excellence and did not need to apply to be considered.

 “When we developed this award last year, our goal was to improve our interaction with health care facilities by providing something we were lacking – positive reinforcement,” said secretary of health Michael Wolf. “We are honored to be able to highlight some of our own strengths in the commonwealth as this award demonstrates the commitment and dedication of facilities to deliver safe, top-quality health care to some of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens.”


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