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Schoellkopf administrators credit staff's efforts for five-star rating

by jmaloni


Mon, May 12th 2014 05:05 pm

Administrators at the Schoellkopf Health Center are giving kudos to the center's staff following their recent attainment of a five-star quality rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The rating was posted on Nursing Home Compare, the official U.S. Government website for Medicare.

Nursing Home Compare allows consumers to compare information about nursing homes. It contains quality of care information on every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country, including more than 15,000 nationwide.

Schoellkopf Administrator John Durno credited a "collaborative effort between our nursing, dietary, therapy and other staff members" for the superior grade.

"We have instituted some processes to maintain a quality focus on our clinical outcomes and our staff has really taken ownership in our efforts to promote excellence," Durno said.

"It's the whole team working together," said Nursing Director JoAnn Getman. "Our employee turnover is low and our residents enjoy real caregiver consistency. When the same people care for the same residents on a daily basis, it's easier to stay in tune with the needs of those residents."

Nursing Home Compare (www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare) publishes ratings based on a health inspection, staffing and quality measures. A five-star rating is the highest attainable.

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