2018 Bronze National Quality Award

Life Care Center of Sparta, Tennessee, recently received the 2018 Bronze National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.


The award honors facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities. It is the first of three tiers of recognition (Bronze, Silver and Gold) by AHCA/NCAL and requires a detailed application process submitted to a board of examiners for review.


Applicants develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. They must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system.


Life Care Center of Sparta focused its efforts on making more efficient use of space. Associates relocated medical equipment and furnishings throughout the resident corridors to improve line of sight to care areas and resident rooms. Nursing stations were also updated to allow associates to complete documentation at the nurses station instead of the charting room, allowing for greater availability of staff.


“I feel very blessed to be a part of a Life Care family that wants to continually improve our care so we can better serve the needs of the community,” said Marshal Huddleston, executive director at the facility. “This Bronze Award belongs to every staff member and is a milestone accomplishment that we dedicate to our residents and the community we serve.”


The Bronze National Quality Award will be presented formally during AHCA/NCAL’s 69th Annual Convention and Exposition, Oct. 7 – 10, in San Diego, California.


Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award program assists providers of long-term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.