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Alamitos West Health Care Center receives CMS Overall Rating of 5 stars

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (February 28, 2019) – Alamitos West Health Care Center, located in Los Alamitos, Calif., received an Overall Rating of 5 stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In December 2008, CMS enhanced its Nursing Home Compare (NHC) public reporting site to include a set of quality ratings for each nursing home that participates in Medicare or Medicaid.

The ratings take the form of several “star” ratings for each nursing home. The primary goal of this rating system is to provide residents and their families with an easy way to understand assessment of nursing home quality, making meaningful distinctions between high and low performing nursing homes.

The rating system features an Overall Rating of one to five stars based on community performance for three types of measures, each of which has its own five-star rating: Health Inspections, Staffing, and Quality Measures. Health Inspection measures are based on outcomes from State health inspections, Staffing measures are based on nursing home staffing levels, and Quality Measures are based on Minimum Data Set and claims-based quality measures.

The 5-star Overall Rating is displayed for Alamitos West Health Care Center on the NHC website. “We are honored to receive this 5-star Overall Rating from CMS and look forward to continue providing high quality care for residents at Alamitos West Health Care Center,” said Pradeep Muley, executive director of Alamitos West Health Care Center.

For more information on the Five-Star Quality Rating System, please visit

SOURCE: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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Alamitos West Health Care Center First in City to Receive National Award

Bronze-Level Award Honors Senior Living Organizations’ Commitment to Quality Services

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (June 5, 2017) – Alamitos West Health Care Center has been recognized as a 2017 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which honors long term and post-acute care providers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of senior care. Since the National Quality Award Program implementation in 1996, Los Alamitos Health Care Center is the first in the city of Los Alamitos to be recognized.

“Bronze award recipients advance our mission of improving lives by delivering solutions for quality care,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “We applaud their efforts to enrich the lives of those in the long term and post-acute care communities we serve.”

The National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Facilities begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. A team of trained Examiners reviews each Bronze application to determine if the facility has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality award, Alamitos West Health Care Center may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver – Achievement in Quality award.

The Association will announce the 2017 Silver – Achievement in Quality and Gold – Excellence in Quality Award recipients in the coming months. The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 68th Annual Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 15-18, 2017.

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