• November 13, 2019

    U.S. News & World Report Names Rome Memorial Hospital’s
    Residential Health Care Facility a 2019-20 Best Nursing Home

    US News BadgeRome Memorial Hospital’s Residential Health Care Facility is among the 19% of U.S. skilled nursing facilities that have been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report.

    The home earned Best Nursing Homes status by achieving a rating of “High Performing,” the highest possible rating, for short-term rehabilitation. U.S. News awards the designation of Best Nursing Home only to those homes that satisfy U.S. News’s assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.

    Rome Memorial Hospital provides short-term rehabilitation for individuals recovering from surgery, an illness or an accident to improve their function and strength so they can return home. Individualized treatment plans may include a combination of physical, occupational and speech/swallowing therapy, along with skilled nursing care.

    “We are honored that U.S. News & World Report recognized Rome in its 2019-20 rankings. It is a strong reflection of the clinical expertise and compassionate care that our dedicated employees provide on a daily basis,” said RHCF Administrator Anthony Joseph, MSW, MPA, LNHA. “Our person-centered philosophy creates an environment where our team is empowered to provide the highest quality of care.”

    Now in its 10th 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.

    “For the aging population in America, a nursing home should meet the specific level of care based on the needs of each patient or resident,” said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News.
    “The U.S. News Best Nursing Home ratings hone in on measurements like emergency room visits, quality of staff and proper distribution of medical and physical therapy to help families make an informed decision,” she said. “These ratings help individuals and their families begin their search for senior care and should be used in consultation with a medical professional and in-depth on-site visits.”

    U.S. News expanded the factors included in the short-term rehabilitation rating that assesses the performance of nursing homes in the care they provide to patients staying at the facility for fewer than 100 days. The quality measures included in this year’s ratings include consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs, and success in preventing falls.

    In addition to the U.S. News honor, the 80-bed skilled nursing facility has been ranked in the top 20% of skilled nursing facilities for four consecutive years by the New York State Nursing Home Quality Initiative. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rates the RHCF “above average.”

    Because of the RHCF’s reputation for quality, eligible Medicare beneficiaries who are part of an accountable care organization are able to access the RHCF without the usual three-day hospital stay when they need short-term rehabilitation.

    For more information about the Residential Health Care Facility at Rome Memorial Hospital, call 315.338.7305.

    About Rome Memorial Hospital
    Rome Memorial Hospital, Inc., (RMH) Rome Memorial Hospital is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary care to long-term care, Rome Memorial Hospital delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life. With its specialized Senior Behavioral Health Unit and Residential Health Care Facility, the hospital has become recognized as a valuable resource for senior services. Ranked among the top 20 percent of skilled nursing facilities for four consecutive years, the hospital has earned special “Senior Friendly” recognition as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) facility for providing quality care for older adult patients. Rome Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health and an affiliated clinical site of New York Medical College.