Barbara Baylis, Senior Vice President of Clinical and Residential Services at Kindred Healthcare, will be the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award.  The announcement came from the American Health Care Association (AHCA)and praised Baylis’ dedication to constant improvement of quality in long-term and post-acute care.

Barbara Baylis Recipients of this award are individuals that have made significant, national contributions to advancing quality performance in the long-term care field.  Recipients must consistently advocate for quality approaches, and demonstrate the ability to educate and advocate for a systems approach to quality improvement.  The ability to display leadership in the development, promotion, and implementation of quality improvement initiatives must also be displayed by recipients.

“Barbara has shown a unique conviction, dedication, and passion for quality care,” said Governor Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA.  “It is through the commitment of individuals like Barbara that our profession is making great advancements to improve the lives of the patients we serve.  I am proud to recognize her achievements through this award.”

Baylis’ experience in organizing and strengthening clinical operations in long-term care facilities began over 20 years ago.  In 1992 she introduced Continuous Quality Improvement to 200 nursing centers spanning 16 states at Living Centers of America.  She is considered an exceptional champion of quality improvements, and was an early contributor to the AHCL/NCAL National Quality Award program as an Examiner and educator.  Today, she is a Master Examiner, a member of the Quality Award Board of Overseers, and a member of the CMS Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Technical Advisory Panel (TEP).

“I enjoy the work that I do,” said Baylis.  “I’m a nurse, and I believe in making it better for the patient.  It is a great honor to receive this award.”

Peter Corless, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration at Kindred Healthcare, stated: “Barbara has long been a role model and mentor to other nurse executives.  She is always willing to take a phone call and share her time and resources with others.”

Baylis will receive her award at the Closing General Session of AHCA/NCAL’s 63rd Annual Convention and Expo on October 10 in Tampa, Florida.

Barbara Baylis is dedicated to constant quality improvement in long-term and post-acute care.