Good Samaritan Society-Woodland earns national quality award

Good Samaritan Society - Woodland staff posing for a photo after winning national quality award.

BRAINERD, M.N. - Good Samaritan Society – Woodland has been recognized as a 2023 Silver – Achievement in Quality award recipient by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). This year, Woodland is the only long-term care location in the state and the only dual skilled nursing/assisted living facility in the nation to receive this award.

The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which recognizes organizations that meet progressively rigorous standards of performance to further improve the lives of residents and staff in long-term care.

“This award is a testament to the incredible leadership and staff at Good Samaritan Society – Woodland. They go above and beyond every day to ensure residents receive the best quality care,” said Nate Schema, Good Samaritan Society president and CEO. “Our partnership with Sanford Health has made us stronger as an integrated health system and has allowed us to harness new ways of working together to strengthen our quality of care and services and better meet the needs of our people. I am truly so grateful for and proud of our amazing team members who think of and treat our residents like family.”

Quality award honors positive outcomes for residents

The National Quality Award Program has three progressive levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. At the Silver level, recipients have met the criteria for the Bronze award and move on to evaluate and improve their processes, creating a systematic approach for all aspects of the organization that leads to positive outcomes and success. Trained examiners review each application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria.

“I am deeply humbled to receive this award and beyond proud of the Woodland team,” said Kelsey Moulzolf, administrator of Good Samaritan Society – Woodland. “What inspires all of us are the residents who truly become like family. Knowing we are making a difference in residents’ lives is what makes long-term care such a rewarding and fulfilling career.”

This year, 63 skilled nursing care centers, eight assisted living communities, and one dual skilled nursing/assisted living facility in 27 states earned the Silver Award. Silver recipients can now move on to the final and most prestigious level of the program, the Gold – Excellence in Quality award.

“We are delighted to honor Good Samaritan Society – Woodland for being recognized at the Silver award level,” said Cathy Bergland, AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board Chair. “This recognition is a testament to their unwavering efforts in enhancing the lives of those entrusted to their care. Congratulations to the entire team at Woodland for their outstanding achievement. Keep striving for excellence.”

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

Good Samaritan Society – Ambassador in New Hope earned the Silver Award in 2022. For more information about the Good Samaritan Society, visit

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