Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Continuing Care Administrator Receives National Leadership Award

2014 Michelle Amdahl portrait

Joshua Tree, CA— The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) announced that  Michelle Amdahl,  Administrator of Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Continuing Care Center was honored as a 2015 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach.

Ms. Amdahl was one of 227 receipts who received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award with virtual recognition; fewer than 10% of facilities nationwide qualify. This award recognizes the administrator of record who provided leadership throughout the award year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire (Life Safety), and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also included an 80% or greater facility occupancy.

"Advancing leadership excellence is at the core of our mission," commented Marianna Grachek, President and Chief Executive Officer of ACHCA. "There is a close relationship between facility leadership and quality outcomes-and, ultimately, between quality care and operational success."

Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today's post-acute and aging services leaders. Focused on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long term care. For more information about ACHCA, contact the national office at (202) 536-5120 or visit www.achca.org.

Hi‑Desert Memorial Health Care District is comprised of 179 licensed beds: the Hi‑Desert Medical Center, a 59‑bed primary care hospital and the Continuing Care Center, a 120‑bed skilled nursing facility on the campus of Hi‑Desert Medical Center. Along with a wide range of quality inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services, the District operates the Airway Outpatient Center—a full-service surgery and diagnostic center, Behavioral Health Services—an intensive mental health outpatient program, and family health clinics providing medical specialists to the uninsured and underserved. Home health and hospice and a variety of community education and outreach services are also provided.

A small reception was held for Continuing Care Center staff on May 7 to honor Administrator, Michelle Amdahl as a recipient of the American College of Health Care Administrators Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The College recognizes that facility excellence is a reflection of leadership excellence.

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