War Memorial Hospital’s 16-bed Long Term Care Unit has received a
five-star rating, the highest possible, in the annual rankings of the
country’s “Best Nursing Homes”, released by U.S. News
& World Report.
U.S. News & World Report, a leading expert in the evaluation and rating
of health care providers across the country, evaluated more than 15,000
facilities nationwide, across each state and in 100 major metropolitan
areas. This year, just over 2,000 nursing homes earned the designation
of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home.
War Memorial’s Long Term Care Unit was one of only three 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,” said Tom Kluge, President
of War Memorial Hospital. “Our
exceptional team is committed to maintaining a safe, vibrant, medically-supported
home for those unable to live independently and we appreciate all of their
“This is an honor for our team to be recognized 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,” added Shawna Athey, Director of
Patient Services, War Memorial Hospital. “We strive daily to give
our best to ensure that every day is the best it can be for our residents.”
U.S. News has updated its methodology to ensure that the Best Nursing Home
designation is given only to those facilities that demonstrate appropriate
use of key services and consistent performance in national quality measures.
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 2016, 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 CMS overall rating for all 12 months.