Advocate skilled nursing facility highest rated in the area

2013-08-10T00:00:00Z Advocate skilled nursing facility highest rated in the areaFor The Times nwitimes.com
August 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HAZEL CREST | The skilled nursing facility at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest again has been awarded a Five Star Quality Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the hospital announced.

It earned the most quality rating stars among the area’s 25 participating nursing homes, and can be counted among the top 10 percent of 15,500 certified skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes in the U.S., according to a news release.

The CMS five-star rating system weighs three factors — health inspections, staffing and quality measures. Nursing homes with five stars are considered to have above average quality.

Nursing homes with five stars overall, such as Advocate South Suburban Hospital, are considered to be greatly above average providers in three major categories: state-conducted health inspections, quality measures and staffing.

Advocate South Suburban Hospital skilled nursing facility's overall rating of five stars is substantially higher than the Illinois average of 3.2 and the national average of 3.04. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ratings are published annually.

“This Five-Star rating confirms that we are living our mission to provide outstanding care and compassionate service at Advocate South Suburban Hospital’s skilled nursing facility,” said Richard Multack, vice president of Medical Management at Advocate South Suburban Hospital. “Our physicians, nurses and associates have earned this honor through their dedication to helping patients achieve their optimal health and independence.”

There is one overall rating for each skilled nursing unit, and a separate rating for each of the three domains of information:

Health Inspections — The health inspection rating contains information from the last three years of the state’s onsite inspections, including both standard surveys and any complaint surveys.

Staffing — The staffing rating has information about the number of hours of care on average provided to each resident each day by nursing staff. The more minutes that a nursing home’s staff spends with patients compared to others in its state and nationally, the higher number of stars it receives. Advocate South Suburban Hospital’s SNF’s outstanding 1:10 nurse-to patient ratio helped earn a maximum rating in this category.

Quality Measures — The quality measure rating has information on 10 different physical and clinical measures for nursing home residents. The quality measures offer information about how well nursing homes are caring for their residents' physical and clinical needs.

More information about the rating system, and the three factors that contribute to the ratings, can be found at the CMS Nursing Home Compare system’s (www.medicare.gov/nhcompare).

Advocate South Suburban Hospital’s 41-bed skilled nursing facility provides rehabilitative and skilled nursing care for patients who, following a hospital stay due to an illness or injury, are not physically ready to return home or to a long-term care facility.

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