Fort Washakie nursing home receives 2019 Innovator Quality Award

    Morning Star Care Center received the 2019 Innovator Quality Award presented by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. This award “recognizes nursing homes for outstanding performance in effectively using quality assurance performance improvement methodologies to improve care practices.”

    According to Uniting Nursing Homes in Tribal Excellence, there are only 18 tribal nursing homes in the United States and only 3 in the northwest region. Morning Star Care Center Quality Assurance and Rehabilitation Coordinator Chrissy LeBeau shares, they are the only tribal nursing home in Wyoming, and the only tribal nursing home certified as an Eden Alternative home in the United States.

    LeBeau said, “We have received Mountain Pacific’s Excellence award two years in a row but have never received the Innovator Quality Award.” Additional 2019 awards received include: Composite Score Achievement and Culture Change.


    Morning Star is very proud of its achievements and believes in the importance of elder centered care. Part of receiving the Innovator Quality Award is to “demonstrate quality improvement successes” and Morning Star accomplished that by increasing elder and family satisfaction. Their overall composite score in 2018 was 11.48 ranking them 34th in Wyoming and now in 2019, their score is 6.9 ranking them 5th in Wyoming.

    LeBeau says, “We not only care for our elders, but we also empower, embrace, and support their needs as individuals. We believe they continue to grow in life and their lives should be fulfilled as long as they are here with us.”

    h/t Morning Star Care Center for the photo (L-R Tami Reed, Administrator, Chrissy LeBeau, Quality Assurance and Rehab Coordinator, and the man is a representative of Mountain Pacific)


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