An award was recently provided to Avalon Healthcare San Andreas for the quality of service provided to its patients. The award is the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living’s (AHCA/NCAL) National Bronze Award.   

“This award is well-deserved recognition for all the nurses, nursing assistants, therapists and doctors that care for those that (are) entrusted to our care,” Jacob Saldate, admissions director, said.   

There are three different levels of the award, the bronze being the first level. Once a facility has been awarded the first level of the award, it is then eligible to apply for the silver award. Once both the bronze and silver have been acquired, the application for the gold award can be initiated, which is the highest honor. Avalon San Andreas has already submitted its intent to apply for the Silver Award and has started the application, Saldate said.   

Four-hundred-and-one bronze awards, 114 silver awards and two gold awards were awarded to skilled nursing facilities in America in 2018. In California, 35 nursing facilities won a quality award: 30 won the bronze award and five were recipients of the silver award. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation website, as of 2016, California has 1,203 certified nursing facilities.    

“I am so proud of my team for this huge accomplishment and their dedication to provide excellent quality care to the residents in the community,” said Genesis Leininger, an administrator who has worked at the facility for 16 years.   

There are stringent requirements to apply for the awards. Facilities cannot have any immediate jeopardy deficiencies or substandard quality of care deficiencies for the current or previous years of the award. The facility also cannot have a state survey score higher than 60 points based on an annual survey. Avalon San Andreas scored an 18 on the survey.   

“The quality of care it takes to qualify for this award isn’t just our goal, it’s a standard we hold ourselves to. My hope is that every patient in our care feels that they are in good hands,” Nicholas Macias, social services director, said about the facility.  

The application process is involved, and once the applications are submitted, AHCA and NCAL review the applications and facility care metrics.   

Physician Assistant (PA) Ken Romans, who has worked with Avalon for over 15 years and more than 30 years as a PA within the community, offered accolades to the staff.

“I can’t express my appreciation and love enough for all the staff who have such caring hearts. I see it each day I’m at the facility,” Romans said.  

Avalon San Andreas has provided services to hundreds of Amador County residents in the past two years, working in conjunction with Sutter Amador Hospital, United Home Health and Home Care, Hospice of Amador and Calaveras as well as many other Amador County medical institutions and organizations.


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