Two Providence skilled nursing homes in the South Bay were named this week among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes, which recognizes exemplary long- and short-term care, as well as rehabilitation. Just 16% of U.S. skilled-nursing facilities earned the “Best Nursing Home” designation this year.
The 87-bed Transitional Care Center at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance earned this recognition for the ninth straight year. The center provides short-term nursing and rehabilitation care for patients who are discharged from hospitals but are not yet ready to return home after.
Also honored was Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro’s Sub-Acute Center, which primarily cares for patients reliant on ventilators and/or tracheostomy, an artificial airway. The center provides long-term rehabilitation and home care. The 125-bed center also offers therapy for patients who have suffered debilitating neurological injuries, before they transition to an acute rehabilitation unit.
“These care centers serve some of our most vulnerable patients and their families. Through excellent and compassionate whole person care, we ensure the dignity of each human being. With deep respect and devotion, we accompany these patients and their families and provide hope and a healing presence for all,” said Garry Olney, chief executive of Providence Little Company of Mary San Pedro and Torrance.
U.S. News & World Report’s annual ratings, now in their 13th year, assist prospective residents and their families in making informed decisions in consultation with their medical professionals about where to receive nursing home care. Just 16% of U.S. skilled-nursing facilities earned the “Best Nursing Home” designation this year.
The goal in San Pedro is to create an environment that minimizes disease progression, helps stabilize patients and returns patients to their highest level of independence and function. The transitional center in Torrance provides more short-term care, providing inpatient therapy to help patients to the point they are able to care for themselves.
For 2022-2023, U. S. News rated more than 15,000 nursing homes on care, safety, infection rates, staffing and health inspections. For the first time, the Best Nursing Homes ratings feature a new measure on weekend staffing and another new measure on infection rates that led to hospitalizations.
“Choosing the right nursing home based on care needs and comfort is a critical decision for prospective residents and their families,” said Zach Adams, health data engineer at U.S. News. “The Best Nursing Homes ratings highlight nursing homes that excel in short-term rehabilitation and long-term care needs.”
The Best Nursing Homes methodology factors data such as resident care, safety, and outcomes. To calculate the Best Nursing Homes ratings, U.S. News evaluated each nursing home’s performance using a variety of data obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Both short- and long-term ratings include data on consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs, and success in preventing ER and hospital visits. The long-term care rating also includes measures of whether a home changed ownership and how well they were staffed on weekends. The short-term rehabilitation rating also includes measures of a home’s success in preventing falls, preventing serious infections, and making sure residents are able to return homes.
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