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Wingate at Ulster Receives American Health Care Association’s Bronze National Quality Award

Wingate at Ulster Receives American Health Care Association’s Bronze National Quality Award

New York Skilled Nursing Center Recognized for Commitment to Resident Care

July 26, 2016, Needham, MA – Wingate Healthcare, the Northeast’s premiere provider of senior living communities, including post-acute and long-term skilled nursing care, assisted living, independent living and memory care, today announced recognition for Wingate at Ulster as a 2016 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. This award is in recognition of the facility’s dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. Wingate at Ulster was one of three Wingate Healthcare facilities recognized this year.

The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The program honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

“Wingate at Ulster is proud to be acknowledged for our commitment to quality by AHCA/NCAL,” said Maura Brennan, Administrator at Ulster. “We will continue to focus on providing the highest level of quality, patient-centered care for the seniors in our community.”

Wingate at Ulster is a 120-bed skilled nursing facility providing specialized short-term rehab and long-term care customized to fit each resident’s needs. Ulster is recognized for its Ventilator Care Program, offering a home-like alternative to hospitalization for ventilator dependent residents where expert ventilator management results in improving residents’ quality of life. Wingate at Ulster’s spacious, bright common areas and beautifully landscaped courtyards are the perfect environment for residents to enjoy during their stay and with their families. Proudly serving Highland and Poughkeepsie area communities for over 15 years, Wingate at Ulster is a 5-Star quality rated facility by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“I applaud the women and men of Wingate at Ulster for their commitment to improve quality care,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Christine Boldt. “This award is the first step in a program that serves as an essential guide to performance excellence. I encourage Wingate at Ulster to continue their quality journey.”

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 67th Annual Convention and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee, October 16-19, 2016.

About the National Quality Award Program

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, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, Wingate at Ulster may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award.


About Wingate Healthcare

Wingate is the Northeast’s premiere provider of healthcare and hospitality for seniors and delivers exceptional short-term rehab, post-acute care and long-term care in skilled nursing centers and assisted and independent living communities throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. With select centers offering special programs in Memory and Dementia Care, Ventilator Care, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and more, Wingate is dedicated to meeting the critical needs and enhancing the lives of residents and families. Wingate takes great pride in providing warm and welcoming communities and shares principles of respect, loyalty and trust. For more information, visit

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