Atlantic Specialty Care Receives Silver National Quality Award

Atlantic Specialty Care (formerly Atlantic Nursing & Rehab Center) has been selected as a 2015 recipient of the Silver – Achievement in Quality for its outstanding performance in the health care profession. The award is one of three distinct awards possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The competitive award program highlights select centers across the nation that serve as models of excellence in providing high-quality long term and post-acute care.

(Pictured, left to right: Atlantic Specialty Care Business Office Manager Ann Smith, Care Initiatives VP of Operations Char Schlepp, Atlantic SC Administrator Kellie Jimerson, Care Initiatives President Miles King and Atlantic SC Director of Nursing Michelle Gifford.)

“We are all so proud of this recognition” said Kellie Jimerson, Administrator.  “The key to our success is our committed team.  Their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of the residents we care for every day is why we are in this position. We’ve dedicated ourselves to this quality journey and are looking ahead to the next level.”

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 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. Centers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level and must receive an award at each level before proceeding to the next. As a recipient of theSilver – Achievement in Quality Award, Atlantic Specialty Care has demonstrated systematic advancements in quality, plans for continual improvement, and sustainable organizational goals. Atlantic Nursing & Rehab Center may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award, which requires them to address the Baldrige Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence in its entirety.

“By successfully applying the rigorous standards of this program, Atlantic Specialty Care have achieved a significant milestone on its quality journey,” said Christine Boldt, Chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “I commend Atlantic Specialty Care for this achievement.”

Atlantic Specialty Care offers outpatient therapy, skilled nursing and long-term care services. They are owned and operated by Care Initiatives, Iowa’s largest not-for-profit senior care provider.  With headquarters in West Des Moines, Care Initiatives and Care Initiatives Hospice operate 56 skilled nursing, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s/dementia, assisted living and hospice locations throughout Iowa. For more information about Care Initiatives, visit or call 712-243-3952.