Barbara Baylis honored with Mary K. Ousley Award

By: Jonathan Bennett 

Barbara Baylis, senior vice president of clinical and residential services for Kindred Nursing Center Division, recently won an award for all her hard work. Baylis was honored as the 2012 recipient of the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award by the American Health Care Association.

Under Baylis’s guidance, Kindred’s nursing and rehabilitation centers have had improved quality outcomes each year. Improvements include having an 8.2 percent reduction in patient hospitalization in the first 30 days after surgery and a 27 percent reduced average length of stay in the centers.

“Thanks to Barbara’s hard work and commitment to quality, our nursing and rehabilitation centers have shown improved patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, and have established a reputation for quality care,” said Benjamin A. Breier, Kindred’s president and chief operating officer. “Our nursing and rehabilitation centers continue to outperform national and peer benchmarks on key quality indicators, including performance on government quality inspections where Kindred ranks first on annual surveys compared with other large national providers.”

The AHCA gives out these prestigious recognition awards to individuals or organizations that make improvements to advancing the performance of long-term care facilities.