Hor­sham re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter re­ceives five-star rat­ing

The Willow Grove Guide - - FRONT PAGE - By Caitlin Burns

cburns@jour­nalregis­ter.com Staff and res­i­dents at Luther Woods Nurs­ing and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter in Hor­sham are cel­e­brat­ing Penn­syl­va­nia’s recog­ni­tion of their high stan­dards. The Cen­ter for Medi­care and Med­i­caid Ser­vices, which eval­u­ates con­di­tions and staff at all Penn­syl­va­nia nurs­ing and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion com­mu­ni­ties, awarded Luther Woods a five star rat­ing ef­fec­tive Jan. 1.

“It’s a really big honor,” reg­is­tered nurse as­sess­ment co­or­di­na­tor Les­lie Fine said. “They only give [this rat­ing] to 20 per­cent [of nurs­ing and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ters].”

The five star rat­ing is based on the cen­ter’s scores for sev­eral cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing health in­spec­tions, the qual­ity of care and staff to pa­tient ra­tio. The five star rat­ing is in Luther Woods’ over­all per­for­mance. The cen­ter also re­ceived five stars for qual­ity care, four stars for staffing and three stars for health in­spec­tions.

“Once you get to [the five star rat­ing] it’s a big deal and then you need to main­tain it,” Di­rec­tor of Nurs­ing Suzanne Ar­righy said. “But the care level is what’s most im­por­tant to us. It’s what we’re here for.”

Ar­righy said both staff and res­i­dents were ex­cited at the an­nounce­ment at the be­gin­ning of the year. She said many of the res­i­dents were sur­prised Luther Woods wasn’t al­ready rated at five stars.

“They felt that we de­served it,” Ar­righy said. “[Res­i­dents] tell us when we’re do­ing things right and when we’re do­ing things wrong ... It’s truly a team ef­fort.”

In honor of the high rat­ing, the staff at Luther Woods re­ceived an ap­pre­ci­a­tion lun­cheon and a five star pin. The rat­ing, Ar­righy said, can change quar­terly or yearly due to dif­fer­ent in­spec­tions that are per­formed both monthly and an­nu­ally.

The Luther Woods staff gath­ers to cel­e­brate Penn­syl­va­nia’s recog­ni­tion of a five star rat­ing.

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