CLR Qualty Award

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13-Jun-08

Centers for Living & Rehabilitation Wins Vermont Qualty Award

BENNINGTON — For the fourth time, the Centers for Living & Rehabilitation (CLR) won Vermont's top award for quality care at a nursing home. The 150-bed facility received the award June 10 from the Vermont Department of Aging and Independent Living (DAIL).

“Only three other nursing homes in Vermont received the quality award this year,” said Susan Kane, CLR administrator. "The state plans to give five awards each year among its 42 nursing homes.” Kane added, “This year, only four homes qualified. The CLR was the only one with more than 40 beds to be recognized."

Larger homes typically find it more difficult to win awards for quality. The amount of record keeping, staff involvement, and the environment of care needed to qualify make such award more challenging.

"We have 150 beds," Kane said. "Consistently winning this award shows our community how dedicated we are to quality care."
The Department of Aging and Independent Living sets high standards for the award. An award winner must score extremely well during their annual state licensing survey. They also must have outstanding customer satisfaction scores. Lastly, the facility must demonstrate sound financial practices and performance.

"Our employees make the difference," Kane explained. "They come to work every day ready to improve. They're dedicated making care better and to making this a better place for people to live. That's what allows us to be a leader in the state. They're why I love to come to work.”

Harvey M. Yorke, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), praised the CLR staff. “To win this award for the fourth time shows that CLR CLR staff provide superior care. They are an inspiration to all of us in the SVHC community. Congratulations to all the CLR staff for this well-deserved recognition.”

The Centers for Living & Rehabilitation is accredited by the Joint Commission and is Vermont’s only Eden Alternative facility. The CLR provides nursing home care for people who can no longer care for themselves at home. It also provides short-term care for people who need additional care before returning home from a hospital stay. It is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), a community-based, not-for-profit health system that exists solely for the benefit of the communities it serves. SVHC also includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, the VNA & Hospice of SVHC, SVMC Northshire Campus, SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus, and Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center.

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