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Contact: Shirley Freyer
Concordia Lutheran Ministries
Tel: 1-724-352-1571 x8266
Concordia Accepts Quality Award from PA Secretary of Aging
Cabot, PA - On Thursday, Jan. 6, Secretary of Aging John Michael Hall presented Concordia Vice President of Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Charlene Kline with the inaugural Excellence in Quality Care Award during a ceremony that included Butler County Commissioner Dale Pinkerton, PANPHA President and CEO Ron Barth and a staff member from State Representative Brian Ellis' office, Ryan Martin.
Secretary Hall noted that the 12 facilities awarded represent less than two percent of the 631 Pennsylvania facilities that participate in the Medical Assistance program. He also said about Â¾ of the 12 recipients of the award were faith-based, including Concordia.
Also involved were familiar faces at Concordia: President and CEO Keith Frndak, Medical Director Dr. Fred Fioravanti, Chaplain Jack Hartman, Board Members Virginia Humphrey and Paul Rehkopf and Director of Public Relations Shirley Freyer, who emceed the event.
Perhaps most important though was a testimonial given by Mary Alice Wise, who is the daughter of a skilled nursing resident and president of the Family Council. The Family Council is an independent group comprised of family members' of Concordia residents. The Council meets periodically to discuss quality, care and other topics related to Concordia.
During her speech, Wise spoke to not just the quality of care at Concordia, but the kindness shown and the loving, faith-based atmosphere that's always present.
Specifics of the award:
Concordia Lutheran Ministries' Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) was one of only a dozen recognized by state officials with the first Excellence in Quality Care Awards for its high scores in meeting government standards.
The 136 bed unit received the highest possible rating under the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Five-Star Quality Rating System and had no deficiencies during its annual inspection by the state Health Department.
As part of the recognition, Concordia will receive up to $40,000 in state funds to enhance patients' quality of life.