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The Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes

The Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes Campaign is a major initiative of the Advancing Excellence in Long Term Care Collaborative. The Collaborative assists all stakeholders of long term care supports and services to achieve the highest practicable level of physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being for all individuals receiving long term care services. The Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes Campaign supports statewide coalitions of stakeholders called Local Area Networks of Excellence (LANEs). The LANE is the central organization within a state to support participating nursing homes in achieving their clinical and organizational goals and help the Campaign succeed. The LANE is comprised of a wide spectrum of long term care stakeholders including representatives of the nursing home associations, state survey agency, ombudsman office and quality improvement organization as well as consumer advocacy organizations. Alliant GMCF, LeadingAge Georgia, and Georgia Health Care Association currently serve as the co-conveners of the LANE in Georgia. The LANE meets during the quarterly meetings of the Culture Change Network of Georgia (www.CultureChangeGA.org). For more information, please visit the AE website www.nhqualitycampaign.org or contact Nancy Fendler, nfendler@gmcf.org or 678-527-3679.

Advancing Excellence has selected nine goals and developed new resources to help you get started on your quality improvement projects. These goals focus on issues that are meaningful to nursing homes, leadership, staff, and residents. The Circle of Success provides a step-by-step framework, starting with Explore Goals, that will guide you through any quality improvement project. Four of the goals are defined as process goals (Consistent Assignment, Hospitalizations, Person-Centered Care and Staff Stability and five of the goals are defined as outcome goals (Infections, Medications, Mobility, Pain and Pressure Ulcers). The Campaign is, not only complementary to your efforts, it enhances their effectiveness since it provides state of the art training materials, helps you get to some of the root causes of problems and, with a minimal amount of data entry, gives you graphs with which to track your progress.