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23 Good Samaritan Society locations receive national award

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) announced that 23 Samaritan Society locations received the 2024 Bronze – Commitment in Quality Award, including nine Minnesota Good Samaritan Society locations.

The Bronze Award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which recognizes long-term care providers across the nation that have demonstrated improved quality outcomes for staff, residents and individuals with disabilities in long term and post-acute care.

"This award is a testament to the incredible leadership and staff at our Good Samaritan Society locations," said Nate Schema, Good Samaritan Society president and CEO. "We are one big team. Every position plays an important role in senior care – from CNAs and RNs to housekeeping and activities, our staff are vital to our residents who call the Good Samaritan Society home. I could not be prouder of our staff's unwavering commitment to providing the best quality of care and quality of life for our residents. We are truly privileged to do this work and serve the seniors and families who have been entrusted to us."

Minnesota Good Samaritan Society skilled nursing locations receiving the award include:

• Good Samaritan Society – Albert Lea

o Albert Lea, MN

• Good Samaritan Society – Bethany

o Brainerd, MN

• Good Samaritan Society – Howard Lake

o Howard Lake, MN

• Good Samaritan Society Pine River

o Pine River, MN

• Good Samaritan Society – Battle Lake

o Battle Lake, MN

• Good Samaritan Society – Westbrook

o Westbrook, MN

Minnesota Good Samaritan Society assisted living locations receiving the award include:

• Good Samaritan Society – Hidden Creek

o Albert Lea, MN

• Lakeview Senior Living Apartments

o Battle Lake, MN

• Ridge View Estates Assisted Living

o Pipestone, MN

The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program is a rigorous three-level process reviewed and evaluated by trained experts against a set of nationally recognized standards for organizational excellence. The standards of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program help organizations achieve superior performance over time to improve the quality of life and care of long term care residents.

Providers begin the quality improvement journey at the Bronze level, where they assess their organization's mission, vision, and key factors that lead to success. Each application is reviewed and judged against a set of nationally recognized standards for achieving excellence.

This year, 709 long term care providers in 48 states achieved a Bronze National Quality Award. Bronze recipients may now move forward to the Silver – Achievement in Quality award criteria.

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL's Convention & Expo October 6-9 in Orlando.

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About the Good Samaritan Society

The Good Samaritan Society is one of the largest not-for-profit providers for senior care and services in the United States with more than 200 locations in 17 states. Its services include senior living, long-term care, rehabilitation therapy, home-based services and more. For 100 years, the organization has been dedicated to sharing God's love through the work of health, healing and comfort. Learn more about the Good Samaritan Society at

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health, the largest rural health system in the United States, is dedicated to transforming the health care experience and providing access to world-class health care in America's heartland. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization serves 1.4 million patients and nearly 200,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 45 hospitals, 211 clinic locations, more than 160 Good Samaritan Society senior living centers, 2,900 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 540 active clinical trials, and nine world clinic locations around the globe. Learn more about Sanford Health's commitment to shaping the future of rural health care across the lifespan at or Sanford Health News.


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