Blue Ribbon and Best in Class

As of October 2022, 350 nursing homes in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Oklahoma have been awarded the Blue Ribbon in COVID-19 Vigilance!

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world forever, and some of the most challenging work was done in nursing homes. Established in November 2021 and awarded quarterly, the Blue Ribbon in COVID-19 Vigilance award was created for Telligen QI Connect™ participants in order to recognize the efforts that nursing homes have made to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Blue Ribbon (and accompanying marketing toolkit) is presented to nursing homes that have achieved the following:

  • Committed to have policies, processes and ongoing staff education to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Staff “Up to Date” vaccination rate of at least 70%
  • Resident “Up to Date” vaccination rate of at least 85%

NOTE: Effective November 2022, eligibility requirements have changed and include the CDC’s Up to Date Vaccination definition. 

If you represent a nursing home that is prepared for COVID-19, we want to make it easy for you to share your achievements with your stakeholders, partners, residents and their families. Continue reading below to learn how you can receive the Blue Ribbon in COVID-19 Vigilance.

Introducing Telligen’s BEST in Class

As an expansion of our Blue Ribbon in COVID-19 Vigilance award, Telligen’s BEST in Class recipients will be recognized for ensuring each nursing home resident receives safe and quality care. The criteria for each component of the BEST in Class is listed below:

Blue Ribbon Recipient
Emergency Preparedness Assessment
Safe Staff
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In 2023, nursing homes must be Blue Ribbon recipients for three quarters. The first eligible quarter is January 1 – March 31, 2023. Recognitions are awarded the following month.

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Complete the 15-minute Emergency Preparedness Assessment to ensure readiness and identify possible gaps in the current plan. If any areas need addressing, resources and support are available. Additional documentation may also be needed. The criterion is met with either a completed assessment or if needed, approved supplemental documentation.

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Attain a 75% staff completion rate of the Infection Control and Prevention training. In September of 2023, Telligen grants secured access to current completion rates. If it is less than 75% at that time, a mutual date to reach the goal is established.

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Reduce preventable Emergency Department (ED) visits by 5% using individual baseline data or fall within the top 25th percentile of Telligen’s enrolled nursing homes. Enabling tracking through the secure portal, Telligen provides baseline data and quarterly updates.

 In addition to the standard Blue Ribbon marketing toolkit, BEST recipients will receive an exclusive award package containing:

  • Ready-to-use marketing materials for press and web/social media release that demonstrate your nursing home’s dedication to quality care
  • Framed certificate and marketing materials that will be personally delivered by Telligen team members
  • Support from Telligen to create a feature story about your nursing home which will be shared nationally with other quality improvement organizations, as well as CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)

Blue Ribbon Eligibility Requirements

NOTE: Effective November 2022, eligibility requirements have changed and include the CDC’s Up to Date Vaccination definition. 

Resident Up to Date vaccination rate must be greater than or equal to 85%

Staff Up to Date vaccination rate must be greater than or equal to 70%

Determine eligibility by reviewing COVID-19 Preparedness Assessment responses


Current Blue Ribbon in COVID-19 Vigilance Recipients

Colorado Blue Ribbon Recipients
Illinois Blue Ribbon Recipients
Iowa Blue Ribbon Recipients
Oklahoma Blue Ribbon Recipients

Marketing Toolkit

Tip: You can download or save the recipient list above for sharing on social media, email, website, or even print! The PDF files are great for printing or including in an email, while the image files are ideal for sharing on social media.

Use the marketing toolkit to let your health care partners, hospitals, employees, residents and families know of your unyielding effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Within the toolkit you will be able to access your certificate, blue ribbon and supporting graphic files and provided language for you to distribute via social media and newsletters.

Please note, in order to access these materials, you will need to enter the password that was provided in your Blue Ribbon Recipient email. If you have not received this email, please contact us at to check your eligibility. 


Access your toolkit here