2017-11-29 / News

War Memorial gets top rating for nursing home unit

War Memorial Hospital’s 16-bed Long Term Care Unit has received a five-star rating in the annual rankings of the country’s “Best Nursing Homes,” released by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 15,000 facilities nationwide, across each state and in 100 major metropolitan areas. This year, 2,005 nursing homes earned the designation of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home.

War Memorial’s Long Term Care Unit was one of only four of the 126 nursing homes in West Virginia to receive an overall rating of five stars for performance in health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of medical care.

“We are very proud of this recognition for our exceptional team,” said Tom Kluge, President of War Memorial Hospital. “They work hard to maintain a safe, vibrant, medically-supported home for those unable to live independently. They love what they do and it shows.”

“This is an honor for our team to be recognized again for the outstanding care they provide to our residents,” said Heather Sigel, Vice President of War Memorial Hospital. “We take great pride in our facility and in our commitment to excellence.”

“Your family is our family, that’s how we look at it,” explained Shawna Athey, Director of Patient Services. “We strive to give our best to ensure that every day is the best it can be for our residents.”

To qualify as a Best Nursing Home this year, facilities had to earn an average of 4.5 stars or better during the 12 months of federal reports ending in October 2017, and had to consistently meet certain performance standards set by U.S. News during the period, such as earning at least 4 stars in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) overall rating for all 12 months.

War Memorial Hospital is part of Valley Health, a notfor profit regional system of hospitals and other health care services.

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