Spectrum Health Reed City Hospitals’ Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (RNC) has received the highest overall ratings from U.S. News & World Report. A “high performing” ranking was issued Tuesday for the hospital’s short-
term rehabilitation program and for long-term care at the facility.
The Reed City Hospital RNC is 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 extremely pleased with the distinction,” said Jeff Godfrey, Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital RNC administrator. “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.