NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Sound Shore Medical Center is pleased to report its Schaffer Extended Care Center’s 4-star ranking in the recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report.
This Medicare Nursing Home ranking system offers consumers the ability to compare nursing homes. Using health inspection ratings over the last three years, in 10 Quality Measures, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid assigns stars for the level of quality. This assessment reviews a facility’s performance including staffing with attention to the number of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Nursing Aides per resident/per day.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ report confirms that nursing homes affiliated with hospitals and those that are not-for-profit usually score higher than their counterparts. Both of these benefits apply to Schaffer. The 4-Star Overall Rating - which includes 4 stars in each of the 10 areas of measure – places Schaffer in the top 1/3 of more than 16,000 nursing homes nationally.
Speaking about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recent report, John R. Spicer, President and CEO of Sound Shore Medical Center, said, “While the Center’s Rating System provides a benchmark, individual’s considering placement for a loved one should still rely on their personal reaction during an onsite visit. A reaction to an in-person observation is vital and should include considerations, such as: Are the residents engaged? Is there good interaction between patients and care staff? Is the facility orderly and clean? Is the staff open to your questions? Can you see your loved one in this setting?” He concluded, “These ratings should help guide a selection, but they should be only one of many factors that determine a placement decision.”
“A decision about extended care placement for a loved one is complex. But using the rating system to choose a top-scoring - 4 or 5 star - extended care provider, along with several on-site visits may make the decision a little easier for concerned family members”, commented Vice President for Long Term Care/Administrator of Schaffer Extended Care Center, Susan A. Sales.
For information on Sound Shore Medical Center, please visit www.ssmc.org or for physician referrals, please call MDs-LINE (914.637.5463). For more information about Schaffer Extended Care Center, please contact Ms. Sales at 914.365.3702.