LOUDONVILLE — Colonial Manor of Loudonville has achieved Gold Level recognition in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative.

This initiative is managed by the Health Services Advisory Group and Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Ohio.

The Collaborative seeks to achieve large-scale improvement in nursing homes throughout Ohio by working with the facilities in the following areas:

 Reducing healthcare-acquired conditions.

 Reducing antipsychotic medication rates.

 Reducing avoidable hospital read missions.

 Participating in Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement initiatives.

 Increasing influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates.

 Reducing staff turnover and implement eating consistent assignment.

 Improving rates of resident mobility.

 Earning a Quality M ensure score of six percent or less, based on 13 long-stay quality measures publicly reported on Nursing Home Compare.

Colonial earned the Gold Level by actively participating in collaborative learnin g opportunities, designating staff members for its quality team, assessing its initiative status, and identifying potential performance improvement project opportunities within the facility.

"We are proud to have Colonial Manor partnering with us in the Ohio Collaborative," said James H. Barnhart III of Health Services Advisory Group and Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Ohio. "This is a collaborative effort across the state to improve the quality of care and quality of life among his Ohio nursing home residents. Working together with Gold-Level facilities like this we can achieve these goals."

"Colonial Manor is a skilled rehabilitation and nursing care facility that is committed to providing outstanding results and quality care served by compassionate and caring staff," said Sue Long, Colonial's marketing director.

Linda Snowbarger, administrator at Colonial, attributed the award to the dedication of her staff and their dedication to the residents.