Providence Little Company of Mary Transitional Care Center, a skilled nursing facility in Torrance, earned five stars for the third straight year in this week’s U.S. News and World Report feature listing the nation’s top nursing homes.
The magazine’s prestigious rankings were based on U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid surveys that rated the 115-bed transitional care center among the best care homes in the nation based on health inspections, nurse staffing, quality measures and safety.
Elva Sipin, the Torrance care center’s administrator since 2012, credited the center’s more than 300 employees and physicians, as well as the connection to nearby Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, a 436-bed acute care hospital.
“The hospital leadership has been very supportive. That kind of relationship make a big difference,” she said. “And my team – they work hard and they do it with such pride and joy. Our focus is always on quality centered in Providence core values and our mission of compassionate service.”
Employees and physicians, she said, engage their patients, most of whom are elderly. The staff includes nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, dietitians and administrative support. The center is different from most skilled nursing facilities because its patients typically are not long-term. The average length-of-stay is about two weeks, time for patients to rehabilitate from acute-care hospital stays before heading home.
U.S. News ranked evaluated the 15,506 nursing homes and rehabilitation centers nationwide and 2,005 earned the five-star rating.