Hospital’s Long Term Care Center gets high marks

Northfield Hospital’s Long Term Care Center is among the most highly ranked nursing homes in the state, according to the latest Nursing Home Report Card released earlier this year by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

The hospital’s Long Term Care Center received 31 stars out of a possible 35 based on seven quality measures, tying it with the Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Paul, Fair Meadow in Fertile, Minn., and Caledonia Care in Caledonia, Minn. for top honors. The Long Term Care Center received five out of a possible five stars for staff retention, the sparing use of temporary staffing, the high proportion of single rooms” (100 percent), and scores on state inspections. It received four of five stars for outcomes on a number of state-mandated quality indicators and hours of direct care, and three out of five for quality of life ratings by residents.

“We are deeply honored to again be recognized as one of the top care facilities in Minnesota,” said Ken Bank, president and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics. “The high ranking of our Long Term Care Center is a tribute to the staff, who under the steady guidance of center director Gretchen Murr, give so much of themselves every day to care for our residents.”

The department of health developed the report card as the result of a state legislative mandate in 2001. Health officials say it is a sophisticated tool that uses multiple quality measures and incorporates risk adjustments to level the playing field between facilities.

MDH acknowledges that the report card is a work in progress and should be used as a screening tool, not a decision-maker. They recommend using it in concert with personal visits and conversations with friends and family when making a nursing home choice.

The Nursing Home Report Card can be found at by clicking on Nursing Home Report Card.