WRMC Skilled Nursing Unit Gets 5 Stars

3/12/2014

Contact: Tammy G. Love

VP of Business Development

Phone: (336) 651-8116

By CHARLES S. WILLIAMS
Wilkes Journal-Patriot Staff




The Wilkes Regional Medical Center skilled nursing unit has been ranked as one of the top nursing homes in the state by U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine awarded the hospital nursing unit five (of a possible five) stars for overall care, health inspections, nurse staffing and quality measures.

Wilkes Senior Village received five stars for overall scoring and quality measures, and four each for nurse staffing and quality measures.

Avanté of Wilkesboro received five stars for its overall rating, with five stars for quality measures, four for nurse staffing and three for health inspections.

The data foundation for Best Nursing Homes 2014 came from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in January 2014. CMS oversees federal payments to nursing homes and assigns the star ratings described above.

Each nursing home received an overall rating of one to five stars, based on its number of stars in three categories: state-conducted health inspections, how much time nurses spend with residents and the quality of medical care.

Facilities in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., are included. The health inspections rating “describes how well this home met health and safety standards for food preparation and other nursing-home activities in the latest three state inspections,” according to the magazine’s website. “Such inspections are conducted about every 15 months.

Nurse staffing rating is based on the average number of hours per days of care received per resident from nurses and physical therapists.

The magazine said that WRMC patients received an average of five hours, 56 minutes of care from nurses per day, compared to the state average of four hours, five minutes, and the U.S. average of four hours, six minutes.

The patients received three hours, 39 minutes of care from registered nurses, compared to the national average of 45 minutes and the U.S. average of 48 minutes.

Certified nurse assistants provided two hours and 17 minutes of care at Wilkes Regional. The state average was two hours, 26 minutes, and the national average was two hours, 28 minutes.

According to the survey, Wilkes Senior Village patients received four hours, 32 minutes of care from nurses each day. For Avanté, care totaled three hours, 48 minutes.

Quality measures were based on the “residents who got recommended care, such as flu vaccinations, and percentages of residents who had pain, bedsores, urinary tract infections, and other care-related problems.”

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