More than half of Signature’s facilities now have four- or five-star CMS ranking
Several Signature HealthCARE homes were named on U.S. News & World Report’s fifth annual list of the nation’s Best Nursing Homes.
The report highlights top nursing homes in each state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas, covering more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide. The list is compiled using data published in January by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.
U.S. News has awarded the “Best Nursing Home” distinction to facilities that earned an overall rating of five stars, the highest rating CMS awards nursing homes. Under the five-star rating system, nursing homes are assessed in three main categories: health inspections, quality measures and staffing. The overall rating combines scores received in each of the three categories.
In January 2013, 15 Signature homes had earned a five-star rating from the federal government.
According to the report, an estimated 3.3 million Americans will live in the nation’s nearly
16,000 nursing homes this year. The number translates to one in seven people ages 65 and up, and more than one in five of those 85 and older.
“Using trustworthy data, we’ve built a consumer-friendly tool to help seniors and their families confront one of life’s most difficult and anxious transitions,” says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Best Nursing Homes makes it easier for consumers to identify nursing homes that can best meet their needs in terms of location, quality of care, staffing, and more.”
The news comes as more than half of Signature’s nursing facilities, a total of 37, have achieved four- or five-star rankings from CMS.
The company has more than doubled its number of four- and five-star buildings, from 15 in January 2009, which is roughly when CMS launched the Nursing Home Compare ratings system, to 37 currently, more than 50 percent of its nursing homes. Signature set out two-and-a-half years ago with
the goal of making half of its centers four- and five-star locations. That goal has now been achieved.
“This is a big win for everyone to celebrate – our leaders, our stakeholders, our families, and our communities,” says Signature
President and CEO Joe Steier. “From the day Signature was founded, we knew it would take long hours, great diligence, the best leaders, and serving our customers at the highest level possible. I cannot thank every stakeholder (employee) in the company, including nursing and therapy teams, and every hardworking CNA, enough for the loyalty and dedication it requires to continue to serve our people and deliver the quality care they deserve!”
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