Lebanon, PA – The Rothermel L. Caplan Transitional Care Unit (TCU) at Good Samaritan Health System has received a high ranking of five stars overall in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 Best Nursing Homes, available online at www.usnews.com/nursinghomes. The rankings highlight facilities across the nation providing high-quality care and are a worthwhile tool for millions of elderly Americans and their families in search of a nursing home.
U.S. News’s Best Nursing Homes profiles more than 15,000 facilities and ranks them by state, using data and quality ratings from the federal government. The rankings are updated quarterly. “Choosing a nursing home for your parent or loved one is incredibly difficult,” says Avery Comarow, Health Rankings Editor at U.S. News & World Report. “Homes at the top of our rankings have repeatedly shown high quality and deserve consideration.”
The rankings rely on information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces quality standards for all homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. Homes receive an overall rating of one to five stars from the government based on the number of stars earned in three other categories: health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of care.
"The Rothermel L. Caplan Transitional Care Unit is pleased to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report for a 5 star rating in the last four consecutive quarters," notes Karen Quigg, nursing home administrator. "We feel this honor is a reflection of our planned approach to care provided by a staff dedicated to high quality nursing and rehabilitation services. Our stable nursing, therapy and medical staffs are specially trained in meeting the needs of those requiring short term post acute skilled care in a nursing home environment."
The unit provides skilled nursing and therapy services to patients who are medically stable but require additional care before returning home from a hospital stay. The average length of stay for patients is 12 days, with eighty per cent or greater of discharged patients returning to their former level of function/living. Compared to nursing homes that provide the same short term rehabilitation, TCU maintains a high nurse-to-patient ratio and provides a more personal care experience. Weekly team meetings provide patients the opportunity to discuss their progress and discharge needs with a team of nurses, therapists, a pharmacist, dietitian and a board certified medical director.
Facilities that ranked highest in Best Nursing Homes 2011 earned overall five-star ratings. Only about one home in seven met this standard.
U.S. News’s Honor Roll highlights 18 homes that received five-star ratings in all three categories in which homes are judged. Honor Roll nursing homes not only got five stars overall, but achieved a perfect 15 stars for four consecutive quarters. ###
For 122 years, the Good Samaritan Health System (www.gshleb.org) has served the health care needs of Lebanon County. The Good Samaritan Hospital is a modern, fully-equipped, fully-accredited 172-bed acute care facility that offers complete inpatient and outpatient care, as well as an inpatient rehabilitation program. The Good Samaritan Health System also provides services at many other sites located throughout Lebanon County.