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Long Term Care Center earns 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 32 stars out of a possible 35 based on seven quality measures, one of the three highest scores among the state’s 373 nursing homes. Only Little Sisters of the Poor of St. Paul scored higher with 33 stars. Lyngblomsten Care Center of  St. Paul also earned 32 out of 35 stars.

 The Long Term Care Center received five out of a possible five stars for quality of life ratings by residents — a priority measure — 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, hours of direct care, and staff retention.

 “We have a very dedicated staff that is focused on providing exceptional care to our residents each and every day,” said Tammy Hayes, Nursing Services Administrator and Long Term Care Administrator for Northfield Hospital & Clinics. “It is wonderful to see them recognized for their hard work.”

 The department of health developed the report card in response to 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 says the report card 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 www.health.state.mn.us/nhreportcard by clicking on Nursing Home Report Card.