3 Gardant Management Solutions Communities Achieve 2023 AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award

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Bourbonnais, Illinois – Three Gardant-managed affordable assisted living communities were among eight assisted living communities nationally to be named recipients of a 2023 Silver Achievement in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.

The distinction is the second of three progressive award levels through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Awards Program, which recognizes providers from across the United States that have demonstrated high quality outcomes for residents and staff.

The three Gardant-managed communities, all located in Illinois, are Heritage Woods of Freeport, Heritage Woods of Minooka, and Heritage Woods of Ottawa.

“We are extremely proud of these Gardant-managed communities for being named recipients of a2023 Silver Award,” says Alexandra Shuell, Vice President of Operations for Gardant Management Solutions, Inc. “The award recognizes communities that have reached a standard of excellence in quality based on the Baldrige Excellence Framework.”

In 2022, Heritage Woods of McHenry, a Gardant-managed affordable assisted living community located in McHenry, Illinois, was the only assisted living community in Illinois and one of only three assisted living communities nationally to be honored with a Silver Award.

AHCA/NCAL announced on June 1 that 14 Gardant-managed communities had earned 2023 Bronze Quality Awards

In Illinois, the communities were Bowman Estates of Danville, Heritage Woods of Batavia, Heritage Woods of Dekalb, Heritage of Flora, Heritage Woods of Huntley, Heritage Woods of Manteno, Heritage Woods of Moline, Heritage Woods of Plainfield, Heritage Woods of Yorkville, John Evans Supportive Living of Pekin, and Montclare at Lawndale in Chicago.

In Indiana, the communities were Belvedere Senior Living of Merrillville, Evergreen Village of Bloomington; and Vivera Senior living of Columbus.

In the past four years, 52 Gardant-managed assisted living and memory care communities have been recognized with AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards.

“Being recipients of the Quality Awards is indicative of the community’s dedication to serving residents and their on-going commitment to quality improvement,” says Julie Simpkins, Co-President of Gardant. “We are extremely thankful for their compassion and dedication.”

The awards will be presented during Delivering Solutions 23, the AHCA/NCAL annual Convention and Expo Oct. 1 through 4 in Denver, Colorado.

The 2023 National Quality Award program is sponsored by AHCA/NCAL Associate Business Members PharMerica, Pinnacle Quality Insight, Prevail by First Quality, HealthCap, and Matrix Care.

About Gardant Management Solutions, Inc.

Gardant specializes in helping to develop and in managing senior living, assisted living, and memory care communities, especially affordable assisted living and memory care communities. Gardant-managed communities are located in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, and West Virginia. Many of the communities can serve older adults of all incomes. Some are designed to primarily or exclusively serve low-income older adults. For more information, please visit gardant.com.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers, and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org.


Gardant Management Solutions has 20+ years of industry-acclaimed operational history in developing, managing and consulting for senior living, assisted living and memory care communities.