Grant County Nursing Home Facilities Dinged On New Federal Five Star Rating System

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Grant County Nursing Home Facilities Dinged On New Federal Five Star Rating System

Posted By Crossen Kooi || 18-Jan-2009

A new Department of Health and Human Services’ five-star system for rating nursing homes has placed all six Grant County Indiana nursing home facilities amongst the worse in the country. All six facilities, including Colonial Oaks Health Care Center in Marion, Miller’s Merry Manor in Marion, Park Villa in Marion, Twin City Health Care in Gas City, University Nursing Center in Upland and Wesleyan Health Care Center in Marion received the lowest possible rating, one star.

All six Grant County nursing homes were ranked below average on their composite score which is based on local health inspections, staffing and quality measures. In looking to the details of the ratings, University Nursing Center in Upland lead the six Grant County facilities with a score of 232. While leading the Grant County, University Nursing Center was nicked for environmental concerns which, according to their administrators, was likely due to the aging of their facility.

The lowest score amongst the Grant county facilities was garnered by Twin City Health Care. Although showing some moderate improvements, the facility administrators apparently blamed the evaluation process for their poor results. A spokeswoman for the facility, Mandel, noted that she was critical of the way the state composes the report cards, noting that it’s too focused on paperwork and ignores the quality of resident care. Local media reports quoted her saying, “I’d rather have hands-on care than documentation,” she said. Overall, Mandel said, she thought the Twin City staff was doing well. She believes administrators are listening to feedback and will continue to improve their facility.

The following is the comprehensive scoring for the six Grant County Indiana facilities (the higher the score…..the worse the rating). The Indiana State Average was 194:

University Nursing Center: 232
Miller’s Merry Manor, Marion: 246
Colonial Oaks Health Care Center: 278
Park Villa: 344
Wesleyan Health Care Center: 397
Twin City Health Care: 729


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