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CHFS Secretary Praises Western Kentucky Facility

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 06, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace, (502) 564-6786  

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services learned today that Outwood, an intermediate care care facility for persons with mental retardation in Dawson Springs, has earned a three-year accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership.

Following a three-day review at the beginning of August, the western Kentucky facility was granted CQL accreditation for meeting the organization’s qualities of leadership, accountability, responsiveness and quality performance.
“I’m extremely pleased to learn that Outwood has received CQL accreditation,” said CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell. “This represents a tremendous accomplishment on the part of the facility’s administration and staff and I commend them for this achievement.”

Outwood provides a variety of services in a cottage setting, including speech, occupational, physical and psychological therapies. The ResCare-managed facility has approximately 80 beds.

"ResCare has partnered with Kentucky in managing Outwood since 1983. It has been a privilege to work with the state to enhance the lives of the individuals at Outwood,” said Ralph Gronefeld, president and CEO of ResCare. “This long-term relationship shows there are truly successful solutions in private and public partnerships. I am extremely proud of our management and staff at Outwood. The three-year accreditation is a testament to their commitment and dedication."

CQL has been developing and measuring quality indicators and standards for services for people with disabilities since 1969. The organization’s Personal Outcome Measures formed the basis of the accreditation review process for Outwood, with the goal of ensuring the facility’s accountability to service users and providing assurances to funding agencies that resources are used efficiently.
CQL’s term of accreditation is based on measures of leadership, systems and quality management and planning.

The achievement of the three-year accreditation by Outwood earned praise from CQL, which stated the national accreditation review of the facility “demonstrates its pursuit of the highest standards of excellence.”






Last Updated 9/6/2006