Citizens Memorial Hospital | Vitality | Winter 2022 5 Colonial Springs receives national quality award Colonial Springs Healthcare Center received the 2022 Bronze Commitment to Quality Award from the American Healthcare Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). Modeled after the core values and criteria of the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program is a rigorous threelevel process that is reviewed and judged by trained experts in Baldrige Performance Excellence standards. Providers are nationally recognized for achieving each award level and progressively joining the ranks of the best in long-term care. CMH NEWS NOBLITT ADVOCATES FOR HOME HEALTH LEGISLATION Valerie Noblitt, R.N., director of home care services, represented the Missouri Alliance for Home Care (MAHC) in Washington, D.C., in September. Noblitt is the MAHC president. Noblitt and MAHC Executive Director Carol Hudspeth visited with seven of Missouri’s congressional delegations to discuss important homecare issues. They discussed support for the Preserving Access to Home Health Act of 2022 (S. 4605 / H.R. 8581), opposing additional reductions to the hospice aggregate cap, and support for the Better Care Better Jobs Act (S. 2210 / H.R. 4131) to increase funding for home- and community-based services. MAHC is Missouri’s largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home health agencies, home care companies, hospices and private-duty companies. MAHC’s mission is to support, promote and advocate for the home-care industry as an integral component of the health care continuum. Valerie Noblitt, R.N. CMH Auxiliary recognized Auxiliary volunteers Emma Mincks and Jackie Truitt as recipients of the 2022 Lillian Hutcheson Award. The award is given each year to outstanding volunteers who demonstrate commitment, dedication and compassion to patients, residents and the organization. It is named in honor of Lillian Hutcheson, who founded the Auxiliary program before CMH opened in 1982. Mincks has been a volunteer for more than 16 years and serves as a hostess on the CMH Auxiliary Board. She is also responsible for placing weekly flower orders for the gift shop, and she helps make the floral arrangements. She has given 2,595 hours to CMH. Truitt has served CMH as a volunteer for 14 years. He began his volunteer career as a shredder, and now he is a greeter at the Douglas Medical Center. He has donated 4,516 hours to CMH. CMH HONORSMINCKS AND TRUITT WITH HUTCHESONAWARDS Jackie Truitt and Emma Mincks