Mt. Morris – Feb. 26, 2014 – Pinecrest Manor has attained a top-tier ranking once again, this time by U.S. News & World Report, achieving a "Best Nursing Home" status along with 34 other nursing homes in Northwest Illinois.
Of those within a 25-mile radius, Pinecrest is the largest with 125 licensed beds. And all of those beds are brand new after Pinecrest sought and received funds sufficient from foundations and private donations to replace all of its old ones.
Chief Executive Officer Ferol Labash said the award is indicative of Pinecrest's quality staff.
"Quality begins with our leadership," Labash said. "Jolene LeClere, administrator of health services, and Meg Unger, director of nursing, along with our team of administrative staff, nurses and CNAs lead the way in providing quality, compassionate care," Labash said.
"But it takes the entire staff to continue insuring our residents are well cared for. We couldn't do what we do without our dedicated housekeeping, maintenance and volunteer workers," she said.
There are 141 nursing homes in Northwestern Illinois, 34 of which received an overall rating of five stars from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals and Best Children's Hospitals, released its Best Nursing Homes 2014 Wednesday, February 26, highlighting the top nursing homes in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas, the magazine said in a press release. The ratings cover almost 16,000 nursing homes nationwide and are freely available
at U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Homes.
Now in its sixth year, U.S. News' Best Nursing Homes is designed to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home in 2014. According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 60 percent of individuals over 65 will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime and over 40 percent will receive care in a nursing home for some period.
Best Nursing Homes provides data and information on care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly every nursing facility in the U.S. A searchable database lets users find highly rated nursing homes by distance as well as by location. Each facility's profile displays health and fire violations, performance in important clinical categories and how much time nursing staff spends with residents.
To create Best Nursing Homes 2014, U.S. News drew on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. U.S. News awarded the "Best Nursing Homes" designation to facilities that recently earned the agency's highest overall rating of five stars.
In the new ratings, the share of nursing homes with the top five-star rating has reached 25 percent, up sharply from about 19 percent last year. California has the most five-star-nursing homes, followed by Florida, Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.
"The rising number of five-star homes is encouraging," says Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. "It speaks to care that is steadily becoming more skilled and compassionate."
"Managing the cost and care of an elderly loved one is a challenge millions of Americans face each year," says Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. "We hope our Best Nursing Homes ratings, advice, and tools help them make this important decision."
At the top of the Illinois nursing homes list are those with a rating of five stars from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for their overall performance in health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of medical care.
About 22 percent of all nursing homes in Illinois earned an overall five-star rating.