AHCA's 2019 Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award Nominations Are Open

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant national contributions in advancing quality performance in long term and/or post-acute care in skilled nursing or assisted living settings. 

Nomination Requirements:

  • ​Nominations will be accepted from AHCA/NCAL members; AHCA/NCAL staff; AHCA/NCAL state affiliates; other individuals who work in the long term care field, including direct care, education, research, and resident advocacy.
  • Nominees must have made a national impact to advance quality care in the long-term care field: nursing centers, assisted living, or post-acute care.
  • Only one nomination is accepted for a candidate.  If multiple nominations are submitted for one person, the nominators will be asked to combine nominations, or the first nomination will be accepted.
  • Nominations may not be more than two pages. Nominations exceeding two pages will not be reviewed. 
    • ​NOTE: The nomination must clearly establish the national impact the nominee has had on advancing quality care.

Nominee Attributes:

The following are examples of the types of contributions that are exemplified by strong candidates. Nationally recognized as any of the following:

  • A catalyst for adoption of innovative approaches that have resulted in measurable improvements in quality.
  • A leader in long term care research and/or interventions that have resulted in significant quality improvement.
  • A champion and leader of performance improvement at the national level in long term care: nursing centers, assisted living, and/or post-acute care.
  • An educator and advocate for systematic approaches to quality improvement.
  • An advocate for policy reform that improves   the care of elderly in long term care.​

Nominations must be submitted online here by Friday, June 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The recipient will be announced the week of July 24 and will be presented with the award on stage at the 70th AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo, October 13-16 in Orlando, Florida. This year’s recipient will receive a complementary registration to Convention, round-trip airfare, and a one-night hotel stay.

For more information about the Champion of Quality Award and past recipients, please visit the award webpage here.

We encourage you to nominate and to honor a long term or post-acute care colleague who is dedicated to improving the lives of others and their surrounding communities.