Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Barbara Baylis Named 2012 Champion of Quality

Barbara Baylis is this year’s recipient of the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award.  She will be officially presented with the award at AHCA/NCAL’s Annual Convention & Expo on October 10 in Tampa, Florida.

Each year, AHCA presents the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award to either an individual or organization that has strongly exemplified efforts to enhance quality performance in long term care as well as advocating for quality approaches.  Furthermore, honorees have to also exhibit leadership in the implementation of quality improvement initiatives.  Previously known as the Friend of Quality Award, the award was renamed in honor of Mary K. Ousley, a licensed nursing home administrator and nurse who has dedicated her life to quality improvement programs in long term care.

Barbara has been a leader in the industry for championing quality care ever since 1992 when she introduced Continuous Quality Improvement to 200 nursing centers at Living Centers of America.  Her areas of expertise include clinical practice, clinical and nursing administration policy and procedure, quality improvement and regulatory compliance.  In addition to being Senior Vice President at Clinical and Residential Services at Kindred Healthcare, she currently serves as a member of the Quality Award Board of Overseers as well as the CMS Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Technical Advisory Panel.

"Thanks to Barbara's hard work and commitment to quality, our nursing and rehabilitation centers have shown improved patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, and have established a reputation for quality care," said Benjamin A. Breier, Kindred's President and Chief Operating Office, in a press release.

“I enjoy the work that I do,” said Barbara.  “I’m a nurse, and I believe in making it better for the patient.  It is a great honor to receive this award.”

Watch Barbara speak at Medline’s 2010 LTC Quality Summit here.

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