Oct 28, 2020
NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that U.S. News has rated two of the health system’s skilled-nursing facilities as high performing. NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur earned ‘Best Nursing Homes’ status by achieving a rating of ‘high performing,’ the highest possible rating, for short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. NYC Health + Hospitals/Sea View earned the same distinction for long-term care. U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home only to those facilities that satisfy the assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures. Only 21 percent of all U.S. skilled-nursing homes received this distinction by U.S. News.
“NYC Health + Hospitals is proud to be recognized by U.S. News’ “Best Nursing Homes” ratings, showcasing our commitment to our patients and residents,” said Senior Vice President of Post-Acute Care at NYC Health + Hospitals Maureen E. McClusky, FACHE, LNHA. “Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to ensure our residents’ safety and wellbeing in a time of isolation from their family and loved ones. That’s the compassion we promise at NYC Health + Hospitals.”
“It’s an honor to be considered among the best nursing homes in the country,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur CEO Susan A. Sales, FACHE. “The recognition confirms our staff provides our residents with the highest quality care each day.”
“The U.S. News recognition is a testament to the dedication displayed by the staff to our core mission and values,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Sea View CEO Matthew D. Levy. “We love our residents and are deeply honored and humbled that we are afforded the opportunity to provide them with high-quality care and service. Earning this recognition is a bit sweeter this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sea View staff has done an incredible job standing strong and united during these challenging times which translates to better outcomes and the delivery of bedside care”.
Now in its 11th year, the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly all of the nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes. The Best Nursing Homes ratings reflect U.S. News’ exclusive analysis of publicly available data using a methodology defined by U.S. News that evaluates factors that it has determined most greatly impact patient and resident care, safety, and outcomes. This year, to accompany the new ratings, nursing home profile pages were updated to include a patient safety summary that reflects COVID-19 data alongside other measurements of safety and related advice on choosing a home or facility amidst the pandemic.
“U.S. News strives to provide access to information that allows consumers to make educated decisions on all types of care,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Updating the profiles to include a patient safety summary that highlights COVID-19 data paired with other measures of care arms families, caregivers and patients with the information needed to make a decision that keeps safety at the highest priority.”
“As the population ages, it’s critically important that all New Yorkers have access to quality long-term care services without going broke,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried. “I congratulate NYC Health + Hospitals, especially the direct care workers serving patients across the City in this extraordinarily difficult time, for this important recognition.”
The Best Nursing Home finder features ratings on both long-term and short-term care. The long-term care rating aims to provide prospective residents who need help with daily activities, and their families, with analysis and information regarding the quality of care provided by nursing homes. The rating includes data on staffing, success in preventing ER visits and pneumonia vaccination rates, among other metrics. The short-term rating incorporates measures of quality including consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in preventing falls.
NYC Health + Hospitals currently has more than 2,000 patients in its post-acute long-term care facilities. Patients in this group come from all over New York City, and range in ages from 18 to over 100.
NYC Health + Hospitals/ Gouverneur and Seaview earned a five-star CMS rating, which designates them among the top 10 percent of skilled nursing facilities in the country. Additionally, NYC Health + Hospitals/ Seaview is ranked in the top 1st quintile in the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) Nursing Home Quality Pool. Results in the NYS DOH ranking are based on quality measures, compliance and potentially avoidable hospitalizations in the long-term care population.
For more information behind the U.S. News ratings please refer to the FAQ.
To take virtual tours of each of NYC Health + Hospitals’ skilled nursing facilities, visit https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/virtual-tours-for-post-acute-facilities/.