Long Term Care staff celebrate receiving the five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Feb. 19, 2021, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Cathy Myers, Director of Nursing; Bella the dog, Nanet Minke, Certified Nursing Assistant; Nicole McKinney,CNA; Bonnie Betley, Registered Nurse; Susan Hubbard, CNA, Ana Jones, CNA; Leone Morra RN; and Melissa Dunkle CNA, in the front kneeling. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)

Long Term Care staff celebrate receiving the five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Feb. 19, 2021, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Cathy Myers, Director of Nursing; Bella the dog, Nanet Minke, Certified Nursing Assistant; Nicole McKinney,CNA; Bonnie Betley, Registered Nurse; Susan Hubbard, CNA, Ana Jones, CNA; Leone Morra RN; and Melissa Dunkle CNA, in the front kneeling. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)

Hospital’s Long Term Care home gets 5-star rating

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently granted a Five-Star rating in its Care Compare quality program to South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care home. The Centers used data from 2020.

According to a press release from the hospital, the rating is based on the nursing home’s performance in three specific sub categories, including health inspections, staffing and quality of resident care measures.

In the press release, Cathy Myers, RN, Director of Nursing, said of the rating, “The staff spent the last several months of the year evaluating and improving our facility protocols and processes in an effort to raise the bar to a CMS five-star rating. The LTC staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to the residents we love, and now we’ve earned the designation that represents this commitment.”

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Nursing Home Compare website features a rating system between one and five stars, with five stars considered to be above average in quality and one star considered to have quality much below average. The rating system was developed to help patients, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions.

Interested parties can see and compare nursing homes throughout Alaska and the nation by visiting www.medicare.gov/care-compare. South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term and Extended Care facility offers skilled nursing care to loved ones needing short-term rehabilitation or long-term care. The facility is licensed for 28 residents, and has all the comforts of home, including state of the art medical care. Information can be found at www.sphosp.org or by calling 235-0233.

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