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Chaska, Minn. (Dec. 2, 2021) – The Goodman Group, a national leader in developing and managing senior living and health care communities, is proud to announce that three of its managed communities have been recognized as 2021-22 Best Nursing Homes by U.S. News & World Report. These communities include The Village Health & Rehabilitation in Missoula, Mont.; West Hills Health & Rehabilitation in Portland, Ore.; and Westchester Gardens Health & Rehabilitation in Clearwater, Fla.
All three of the managed communities earned Best Nursing Homes status by achieving a rating of “High Performing,” the highest possible rating, for Short-Term Rehabilitation. The Village Health & Rehabilitation also received a rating of “High Performing” for Long-Term Care. U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home only to those homes that satisfy U.S. News’s assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.
“Congratulations to our three managed communities that received this year’s Best Nursing Home award. This is an outstanding achievement, and we would like to thank all of the team members for their hard work, dedication and contributions. Because of the efforts of our team members, we are truly making a difference in lives of those we serve at the managed communities,” said Kim Te Brugge, vice president of senior living & health care at The Goodman Group.
Now in its 12th year, the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about quality of care, COVID-19 vaccination requirements for residents and staff, flu and pneumonia vaccination rates, and infection control violations listed on the resident safety summary. Individuals can easily conduct customized research for a highly rated nursing home by location, size and Medicare and Medicaid coverage.
This year’s methodology includes an emphasis on homes meeting certain standards of patient safety, which could limit a home’s ability to achieve a ‘High-Performing’ rating. These standards include a minimum threshold for the staff COVID-19 vaccination rate, overuse of antipsychotic drugs and frequent visits to the emergency department, among other criteria. Homes that have below a 75% COVID-19 staff vaccination rate are not considered a leading facility. A significant percentage of Short-Term Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care programs that would otherwise have qualified as ‘High-Performing’ were downgraded at the time of publication.
The ratings include data on staffing, success in preventing ER visits and pneumonia vaccination rates, among other metrics. Out of 13,175 nursing homes that received a Long-Term Care Rating, 1,063 were designated as High-Performing. The Short-Term Care Rating incorporates measures of quality including consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in preventing falls. For 2021-22, 13,500 facilities received a Short-Term Rating, while only 1,651 homes earned a High-Performing Rating.
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