•  August 12, 2021

    Rome Health earns 5-star nursing home rating for delivering highest quality of care

    Rome Health’s Residential Health Care Facility (RHCF) earned the highest 5-star national nursing home rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), according to the most recent report updated July 28th.

    The RHCF is one of only 24% of skilled nursing facilities nationally to receive an overall rating of 5-stars, which takes into consideration the facility’s performance on health inspections, staffing levels and quality of resident care measures.

    “We are deeply grateful to our staff for the exceptional care that they provide each and every day to our residents,” said Director of Nursing Jon Vander Pyl, RN. “Although the pandemic has challenged us in unprecedented ways, our staff never faltered in delivering the care that our residents deserved and needed, especially when they were isolated from their families and friends.”

    According to Vander Pyl, the residents and staff have been overjoyed to be able to resume activities and outings. “We recently went on a field trip to the Boxing Hall of Fame. It was really heartwarming to see their reactions,” he said.

    The RHCF, an 80-bed skilled nursing facility which is located on the hospital’s third floor, provides long-term care, as well as short-term rehab and respite care programs.

    Rome Health’s nursing home has consistently earned recognition as a top performing nursing home. The RHCF is the only facility in Oneida County to be ranked among the top 20% of nursing homes statewide through the Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI) for seven consecutive years, Vander Pyl noted. In addition, the RHCF was rated a Best Nursing Home by U.S. News & World Report for short-term rehab for two consecutive years.

    “Our staff takes great pride in providing exceptional care with compassion,” said RHCF Administrator Anthony Joseph, MSW, MPA, LNHA. “Everyone from our CNAs, nurses, housekeepers, therapists, maintenance, social services, dietary, and activities departments play a part in achieving excellence and making this a special place for our residents and short-term rehabilitation patients.”

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

    Boxing Hall of Fame 

     5-STAR FUN – The Men’s Club of Rome Health’s 5-star nursing home went on a field trip to the Boxing Hall of Fame last month. With certified nurse assistant Anita Hill in his corner, resident Phil Murphy was ready to take on Carmen Basilio, the 1950s welterweight and middleweight champion from Canastota. The Residential Health Care Facility is one of only 24% of skilled nursing facilities nationally to receive an overall rating of 5-stars.

    About Rome Health
    Rome Health is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary and specialty care to long-term care, Rome Health delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life. We are a comprehensive health care system that connects you to the best clinicians and the latest technologies so they are easily accessible to you and your family. Rome Health is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health and an affiliated clinical site of New York Medical College.