The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living recognized Silvercrest Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crestview for its achievements through the Quality Initiative Recognition Program.

The program honors member facilities for their individual work in achieving AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative goals. Silvercrest met or exceeded five of the eight goals.

"The entire team at Silvercrest Health and Rehabilitation Center is honored to be recognized for this incredible achievement," said Al Hudson, nursing home administrator. "We are proud to improve care for our patients and residents. Our commitment to quality will continue." 

Silvercrest accomplished its goals in these areas:

Hospitalizations Safely reducing hospital readmissions Improving discharge back to the community Improving functional outcomes and staff stability 

"This achievement overall represents not only improvement on a set of quality measures in these centers but also significant improvements in outcomes among the elderly they serve, such as fewer hospitalizations, more discharges back to the community and stopping the use of antipsychotics that can be harmful," said Dr. David Gifford, AHCA/NCAL senior vice president of quality and regulatory affairs. "We applaud these organizations for making a difference in the lives of their patients and residents."

AHCA/NCAL launched the Quality Initiative in 2012 as a national effort to build upon the existing work of the long-term and post-acute care profession. The initiative aims to further improve quality of care in skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities by challenging members with specific, measurable targets.

Silvercrest, along with other achievers from across the country, will be honored at AHCA/NCAL's March 12-14 Oualiti Summit in New Orleans.