We are pleased to share that Sunrise’s vice president of Quality Care, Dr. Ed McMahon, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award by The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). Dr. McMahon came to Sunrise in 2013 with 33 years of experience in post-acute care with a focus in Alzheimer’s care development, research and development, sales and marketing and corporate operations.
“Since I joined Sunrise Senior Living about a year ago, we have introduced QAPI (Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement) to our communities, employed LEAN methodologies for enterprise-wide processes and have all levels of our company on the journey to continuous quality improvement, great quality outcomes and long term sustainability,” said Dr. McMahon.
The Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award is presented “to an individual or organization that has made a significant national contribution to advancing quality performance in the long-term care field,” according to AHCA. While Dr. McMahon now oversees all areas of quality improvement for nearly 300 Sunrise communities, his passion for the field began as a nursing assistant on the night shift while he completed his doctoral studies.
“I am fortunate to have worked with many organizations that are committed to quality principles. At Sunrise Senior Living, our senior leadership team has a laser-focus on reducing variation in processes and continuously improving our quality of care and quality of life for our residents. It is embodied in our mission statement: to champion quality of life for all seniors,” said Dr. McMahon.
He will be presented with the award at AHCA and NCAL’s joint 65th Annual Convention and Exposition taking place October 5-8 in Washington, D.C. We join in congratulating one of our very own on this wonderful accomplishment and testament to his commitment in quality care for seniors.
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