Under Jenik Akopian’s Leadership, Autumn Hills Healthcare Center Receives Prestigious Platinum Designation

GLENDALE, Calif., June 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Autumn Hills Healthcare Center, a 99 bed skilled nursing facility in Glendale, recently received a prestigious platinum designation by the California Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative Recognition Program.  Health Services Advisory Group, a Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization that is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is tasked with spearheading the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative in California.  The Collaborative is a five-year project that runs through July 31, 2019 and focuses on supporting the adoption of Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement in skilled nursing facilities through collaborative learning and action networks.  Each participant facility receives a composite score comprised of 13 long-stay quality measures that represent larger systems within the long-term care setting.  Autumn Hills Healthcare Center achieved a composite score which earned the facility a platinum designation.

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“Under Administrator, Jenik Akopian’s exemplary leadership, the Autumn Hills team has a constant focus on maintaining excellence in patient care,” said Rowena Beduya,  Vice President of Clinical Operations for Mariner Health Central, Inc.  “Additionally, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Jackie Moon, Director of Nursing, and the entire nursing team, for their perseverance with changes in the industry and diligence in providing exceptional nursing care.  As a result of this great team’s unwavering dedication, they have garnered the distinguished Platinum Level.”

Ms. Akopian, who holds two Master’s degrees – one from the University of Southern California’s School of Public Administration and the other from its School of Health Services Administration – has been an Administrator at the facility since 1993.  In the more than two decades Ms. Akopian has served in this role, the list of awards she has garnered is seemingly endless and includes Businesswoman of the Year and Administrator of the Year, as well as Presidential awards and Lifetime Achievement recognition.  Autumn Hills is also a four time winner of Mariner Health Care’s Facility of the Year award.

In presenting Ms. Akopian and her team with the 2016 Facility of the Year award at a Hollywood-themed event at Universal Studios, Christine Zack, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer for Mariner Health Central, Inc. referred to Ms. Akopian as Mariner Health Care’s very own Elizabeth Taylor.  Ms. Zack echoed Ms. Beduya’s accolades, noting that “Jenik Akopian’s leadership in the long term care industry is legendary.  Jenik continuously raises the bar and guides her team to outstanding clinical outcomes and overwhelming patient satisfaction.  I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with Jenik and learn from her.”

In responding to the recognition of her achievements, Ms. Akopian said, “I always felt that all the awards that I have received, are not only me, the awards are for the entire team at Autumn Hills.  Our achievement of Platinum Level recognition is a result of intelligent direction and combined effort of each individual’s personal integrity, hard work and sincere effort. Setting a goal together is a beginning, working on the goal together is progress, achieving the goal together is success.”

About Mariner Health Central, Inc.
Mariner Health Central, Inc. operates under the trade name Mariner Health Care and provides operational, clinical and administrative support services to skilled nursing facilities in California. Mariner Health Central’s client facilities offer skilled nursing, rehabilitation, social and nutritional services, activity programs, and other related services.

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