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PruittHealth Centers Awarded National Quality Awards

Long-term and post-acute care providers honored in national program for best practices in quality care

Norcross, Georgia, June 14, 2017 – The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) recently announced PruittHealth – Augusta, PruittHealth – North Augusta, and PruittHealth – Union Pointe amongst the 520 long-term and post-acute care organizations that earned a 2017 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. The award is the first of three distinct awards possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which honors select centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

"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."

"I am proud to add PruittHealth – Augusta, PruittHealth – North Augusta, and PruittHealth – Union Pointe to the list of centers that have received the Bronze level National Quality Award from AHCA/NCAL. It is an honor to have their continuous commitment and quality recognized nationally," said Neil L. Pruitt, Jr., Chairman and CEO of PruittHealth.

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The Baldrige program helps organizations in different business sectors improve and achieve performance excellence.

The award program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with fundamental performance elements, such as vision and mission statements and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system.

Bronze recipients may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver - Achievement in Quality Award. A full list of the recipients is available on the AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards website here.

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.

About PruittHealth

Since 1969, PruittHealth has been a family-owned organization committed to the care of patients in our communities. We provide a seamless network of post-acute care services and resources, offering skilled nursing care, home health care, end-of-life hospice care, rehabilitation, and pharmacy/infusion services across the Southeast. Our organization is well known for its holistic model of care, as well as its proactive performance improvement programs, and its continuous commitment to caring and to quality. We serve communities across more than 170 provider locations throughout Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and one center in Florida. The PruittHealth seamless care network ensures that on any given day, our 24,000 patients are cared for by PruittHealth's 16,000 employed partners. Our highly-trained staff and commitment to providing each patient and their family with the level of care and dignity we would expect for our own loved ones are why PruittHealth has remained a leader in healthcare for more than 45 years. For more information please visit: www.PruittHealth.com.

About AHCA/NCAL

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.

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