Last month, the U.S. News & World Report released its list of the “Best Nursing Homes in the United States” – and Copley at Stoughton is proud to make the list! In fact, we were one of just 736 facilities in the country to be rated “High Performing” in both Overall rating and Short-Stay Rehabilitation out of 15,000 facilities.
What I like most about these awards is that they are based on hard numbers. Many awards are subjective including awards based on a voting system. Don’t get me wrong – it is rewarding when your clients and their families vote you as number one! But what makes the U.S. News rating system different is that it uses existing and publicly available data from several official sources so that their rankings are much more objective. These sources include federal Nursing Home Compare, health inspections, quality star ratings, and nurse staffing figures, among others.
The U.S. News gives ratings in two categories: Overall rating and Short-Stay Rehabilitation. Copley at Stoughton is one of the less than 5% that received a “High Performing” rating in both categories.
Of course, the deeper story is how we do so well to score so highly in all those areas in the first place. It doesn’t happen by accident. Contributing to our success is the fact that Copley is locally owned and operated, so we have a deeper connection to the community we serve. Additionally all our employees are in-house – we do not contract any services. Not only does this create a work environment where our staff is committed to our residents and rehab guests, it also allows us to manage more effectively. We also base our nurse staffing figures on what is best for our clients, not just what is best for our bottom line. Budget is always a concern, as it should be, and we certainly run our skilled nursing facility efficiently. But we won’t sacrifice patient care through staffing cuts or lower quality of care to meet our budget goals. Quite the opposite – we set our budget based on what we need to provide great care.
It’s these client-centered decisions that we make every day that help make the difference.
There are certain expectations from skilled nursing care facilities, and of course quality of care is at the top. Or at least that’s what we believe at Copley at Stoughton. We are honored to be recognized as High Performing in both categories – it feels like a validation for all the hard work we’ve done over the years. Shouldn’t every facility operate at the best level possible for their clients? That’s been our philosophy from the beginning.
Find out more about the U.S. News & World Report rating system.