MARGARETVILLE, N.Y., May 20, 2015 — Philip Mehl, administrator of Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville, was honored with the American College of Health Care Administrators’ highest leadership award.

Mehl, who has led Mountainside since 2009, received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award for maintaining a “top-performing” long-term-care facility, the organization said.

Under Mehl’s leadership, Mountainside demonstrated “identified measures of clinical achievement, good service, compliance excellence, reduced liability exposure, and [operational] success,” said the Alexandria, Va., group.

“Advancing leadership excellence is at the core of our mission,” ACHCA President and Chief Executive Officer Marianna Grachek said. “There is a close relationship between facility leadership and quality outcomes — and, ultimately, between quality care and operational success.”

Mehl said he was “proud to receive this award on behalf of our wonderful, compassionate and expert team that demonstrates daily its commitment to the highest-quality, person-centered care.”

Mountainside has the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest-level five-star quality rating and is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s Best Nursing Homes.

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About the American College of Health Care Administrators
Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today’s post-acute and aging-services leaders. Focused on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long-term care.

About Mountainside Residential Care Center
Mountainside Residential Care Center — awarded the highest-level five-star quality rating by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and cited by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Nursing Homes in the country — is an 82-bed, Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home providing 24-hour, skilled-nursing services in a comfortable, comprehensive and accessible setting. It can serve frail, elderly people with chronic disabilities, younger adults suffering from traumatic brain injury or other physical disabilities, and individuals with short-term rehabilitation or sub-acute treatment needs including wound care, intravenous therapy and tracheostomies.

About HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley®
HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley® is the alignment of HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus and Broadway Campus, as well as Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center and Woodland Pond at New Paltz. As the parent organization with a unified governance structure, the goal of HealthAlliance is to strengthen the quality of care and bring forward enhanced technology to serve the present and future healthcare needs in the Hudson Valley. HealthAlliance and its affiliate facilities are committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered care and ensuring patient safety, privacy and dignity to all. For further information about HealthAlliance, visit our web site at hahv.org.

Mountainside administrator Philip Mehl holds the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award he received from the American College of Health Care Administrators for maintaining a “top-performing” long-term-care facility.

Mountainside administrator Philip Mehl holds the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award he received from the American College of Health Care Administrators for maintaining a “top-performing” long-term-care facility.