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Michael R. Banville Assisted Living Top Quality Beacon Award

Movie stars, directors, producers dream of receiving an Oscar. Broadway musicals hope for a Tony. Such awards symbolize the best of the profession for the previous year. Assisted living leaders can now work to achieve what may come to be known as the “Banny” or the “Michael.”

At the Annual Meeting of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (Mass-ALA) on June 16, 2016, Mass-ALA Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Michael R. Banville was the inaugural recipient of a new award recognizing top quality in assisted living and named in his honor. Banville is leaving Mass-ALA after 14 years of service to pursue a master’s degree in social work and move to a career in hospice and palliative care.

Banville’s extensive service to assisted living includes a stint as interim president of Mass-ALA (December 2014–August 2015), coordination of the association’s Quality Committee and a previous career with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. The award is named in honor of Banville in recognition of his leadership in establishing and maintaining the association’s highly regarded Quality Matters program, and in particular Mass-ALA’s Quality Improvement Tool (now in its fifth edition). The award was presented by Mass-ALA Board Chair Sharon Ricardi and President Richard T. Moore.

Mass-ALA will, as of May 2017, recognize an assisted living community that has demonstrated unparalleled commitment to quality. The Michael Banville Assisted Living Top Quality Beacon Award will be presented to an assisted living residence for achieving the highest quality based on several indicators. The application consists of:

  • Use and completion of the Mass-ALA Quality Improvement Tool;
  • Submission of the residence’s most recent recertification findings by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs together with its response;
  • Supplemental data for the award includes the most recent survey results by the National Research Corporation’s survey of resident, family and employee satisfaction;
  • Compliance with the Argentum National Quality Standards; and
  • Other information as the Mass-ALA Quality Committee determines.

The winning residence(s) must be a member in good standing of Mass-ALA during the year of selection for the award.

The assisted living residence selected by independent judges, including one or more past secretaries of Elder Affairs, will receive the award consisting of a lantern for permanent display in its lobby, or other location in the residence, and a banner proclaiming the residence as the recipient of this prestigious award. The winning residence will also be listed on a permanent plaque locating in the boardroom of the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association.

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