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U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Area Rehab and Nursing Centers
Spectrum Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Centers at United and Kelsey Hospitals receive highest rankings
GREENVILLE and LAKEVIEW, Mich., Oct. 27, 2020 – Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals’ Rehabilitation and Nursing Centers (RNCs) have received the highest overall ratings from U.S. News & World Report. A “high performing” ranking was issued Tuesday for both hospitals’ short-term rehabilitation programs and for long-term care at each facility.
The United and Kelsey Hospital’s RNCs are among just 21% of U.S. skilled nursing facilities that have been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report. The designation is awarded to those homes that satisfy U.S. News’s assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.
“We’re very pleased with the distinction,” said Shelly Parker, Spectrum Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center administrator who oversees both facilities. “COVID-19 has challenged us in many ways this year, but our commitment to quality in patient care hasn’t faltered. I’m extremely proud of our staff for delivering best outcomes for our patients and residents.”
Now in its 11th year, the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly all of the nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes. The Best Nursing Homes ratings reflect U.S. News’s exclusive analysis of publicly available data using a methodology defined by U.S. News that evaluates factors that it has determined most greatly impact patient and resident care, safety, and outcomes.
This year, to accompany the new ratings, nursing home profile pages were updated to include a patient safety summary that reflects COVID-19 data alongside other measurements of safety and related advice on choosing a home or facility amidst the pandemic.
“U.S. News strives to provide access to information that allows consumers to make educated decisions on all types of care,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Updating the profiles to include a patient safety summary that highlights COVID-19 data paired with other measures of care arms families, caregivers and patients with the information needed to make a decision that keeps safety at the highest priority.”
The long-term care rating aims to provide prospective residents who need help with daily activities, and their families, with analysis and information regarding the quality of care provided by nursing homes. The rating includes data on staffing, success in preventing ER visits and pneumonia vaccination rates, among other metrics.
The short-term rating incorporates measures of quality including consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in preventing falls.
Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.