Awards & Accreditations
Over the years, Bethesda has developed a tremendous reputation in the St. Louis metropolitan area for providing quality senior living, care and services for St. Louis seniors and the general community.
Additionally, we have been fortunate to attract and retain a core group of employees and volunteers who customarily go “above and beyond” any and all expectations when it comes addressing and meeting the wants and needs of our residents and their families.
The efforts of these employees and volunteers have not gone unnoticed. Thanks to their collective commitment to quality, Bethesda has been honored by a number of civic and professional organizations for excellence in performance, customer service and community responsibility:
Awards & Accreditations
Joint Commission Accreditation
Bethesda is one of the rare senior living, care and service organizations that voluntarily pursue accreditation by The Joint Commission (link), an independent organization whose mission is to continuously improve health care for the public by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.
Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
Preparing for these surveys, which occur every three years, takes much time and effort. For many years, three of Bethesda skilled nursing communities – Bethesda Dilworth, Bethesda Meadow and Bethesda Southgate – have routinely achieved Accreditation.
However, recent efforts to exceed the norms have taken place, and Bethesda is extremely proud to share that our organizational commitment to quality and excellence has resulted in additional Joint Commission accreditations and certifications:
- Bethesda Dilworth – Accreditation for the Skilled Nursing Community, and Certification for both Memory Support and Post-Acute (short-stay rehabilitation) Services (2016)
- Bethesda Meadow – Accreditation for the Skilled Nursing Community, and Certification for Post-Acute (short-stay rehabilitation) Services (2015)
- Bethesda Hospice Care – Accreditation (2014)
- St. Andrews & Bethesda Home Health – Accreditation (2014)
- Bethesda Southgate – Accreditation for the Skilled Nursing Community, and in 2016 will pursue Certification for both Memory Support and Post-Acute (short-stay rehabilitation) Services as well (2013)
Best Places to Work
In four of the past five years, Bethesda has been selected as a finalist in the “Best Places to Work” program, a survey competition coordinated by the St. Louis Business Journal and administered by Quantum Workplace.
Finalists are chosen based on the quantity and quality of the responses to the survey taken by an organization’s employees.
We are proud of our employees’ dedication and commitment to our seniors and their families, who have created the culture that continually makes Bethesda a great place to work.
St. Louis Green Business Challenge
Bethesda has been an active participant in the Green Business Challenge since 2013, and in 2015, achieved the Champions Level of participation.
The Challenge, a joint venture between the Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis Regional Chamber, tasks organizations with finding innovative ways to improve sustainability.
Among the sustainable advancements made by Bethesda in 2015:
- LED lighting in parking lots
- Better use of underutilized green space
- High-efficiency laundry equipment
“Pathways to Greatness”
How impressive of an achievement is receiving the “Pathways to Greatness” award? Senior living, care and service organizations from across the nation are considered for the award, and only one organization per year is honored!
Selected by LeadingAge and CliftonLarsonAllen , “Pathways to Greatness” recognizes quality, innovation and excellence, and the impact that the organization and its initiatives and programs have on people’s lives. A panel of national industry experts judged the more than 50 applications submitted for the 2013 award.
According to CliftonLarsonAllen, Bethesda demonstrated strength in response to its customer’s needs and expectations; commitment to integrating technology to improve care with better patient outcomes, and partnering with other providers in the community.
Arcus Award for Educational Attainment
In the first year (2013) that the St. Louis Regional Chamber replaced the “Top 50 Businesses in Greater St. Louis” with the Arcus Awards, Bethesda was selected from among eight finalists as the winner of the award, in which we were recognized for providing leadership in the area of workforce educational and skills development.
Among the specific initiatives for which Bethesda was honored (all of which are still in place today):
- Tuition Reimbursement
- “School at Work” Program
- LPN to RN program
- Bethesda Institute (employee development training)
- St. Louis Community College partnership
- Missouri Healthcare Workforce Innovation Networks
- Mary June King Scholarship Fund
“Spirit of Innovation”
Bethesda was selected as a winner of the LTC (long-term care) & Senior Living LINK Spirit of Innovation awards in 2012 and 2013. Lincoln Healthcare coordinates the selection of this national award, which recognizes organizations for their innovation, dedication to continuous improvement, development of best practices, and commitment to the success of the long-term care industry.