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Westchester Gardens Health & Rehabilitation Receives Highest Rating from U.S. News & World Report for 2017-2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. AND CLEARWATER, FLA., (Dec. 8, 2017) — Westchester Gardens Health & Rehabilitation, a skilled nursing community in Clearwater, Fla., managed by The Goodman Group, has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Nursing Homes,” available exclusively at www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.

U.S. News & World Report evaluated over 15,000 facilities across the country and just over 2,000 earned the designation of Best Nursing Homes 2017-18. U.S. News’ goal is to help families find a good and caring facility for their loved one. According to U.S. News & World Report, roughly 1.4 million individuals, including 1 in 10 individuals age 85 and above, will wake up in a U.S. nursing home.

To create Best Nursing Homes 2017-18, U.S. News drew on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that assesses nursing homes in three categories – state-conducted health inspections, nurse staffing and medical quality measures. CMS then assigns homes an overall rating of one to five stars based on their performance in those areas. U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Homes” designation to facilities that earned an overall four and half stars and above.

“We are very proud of our staff and their dedication to providing exceptional Platinum Service® and care for our residents and this national recognition,” said David Fitts, executive director, Westchester Gardens Health & Rehabilitation. “We are also proud to be among the approximately 18 percent of all nursing homes recognized with an overall 5-star rating in the state of Florida.”

“Finding a nursing home that meets an individual’s specific needs is a difficult decision that several million families across America face each year,” says Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “The Best Nursing Homes ratings, advice and tools were designed to help navigate this important life decision and make the process a little easier.”

In addition to releasing the Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18, U.S. News & World Report also released its new Nursing Home Finder that offers comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly every nursing home in the county.

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Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center Receives Highest 2016-2017 Rating from U.S. News & World Report

bnh_2016_logoWASHINGTON, D.C. AND CLEARWATER, FLA., (Dec. 1, 2016) — Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center in Clearwater, Fla., managed by The Goodman Group, has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s eighth annual “Best Nursing Homes,” available exclusively at www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes. Westchester Gardens, the premier short term rehabilitation care facility in the Clearwater area, offers a full range of services, including comprehensive rehabilitation services, physical/occupational/speech, a stroke management program, skilled nursing, and short-term stays, as well as hospice, respite, transitional sub-acute and long-term care.

“We are incredibly proud to receive this national recognition, and also of our staff and their dedication to providing exceptional Platinum Service® for our residents,” said Craig Edinger, CEO of The Goodman Group. “With a total of 690 registered nursing homes in Florida, we are proud to be among the 100 which received an overall 5-star rating by U.S. World & News Report.”

Created by the publisher of Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals, the Best Nursing Homes 2016 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 15,000 facilities nationwide. The 2,000-plus nursing homes that earned the designation represent about 13 percent of all homes nationwide, and reflect a 41 percent decrease from last year. Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center is one of two nursing homes recognized in Clearwater, Fla.

“Several million Americans will spend at least some time in a nursing home this year, whether undergoing rehab after a hospital stay or as long-term residents,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “Finding a nursing home that meets an individual’s specific needs can be challenging for families. Our nursing home ratings are designed to help potential residents and their loved ones navigate this difficult process.”

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Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center in Clearwater Receives National Award for Commitment to Quality Services

CLEARWATER, Fla., June 16, 2014 — Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality National Quality Award for its outstanding performance in the health care profession. The award, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), highlights facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their intention to pursue a rigorous quality improvement system.award-wrap

“I applaud Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center for its commitment to delivering quality care,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “This award represents the dedication that each Bronze recipient has given to improve quality in the long term and post-acute care profession.”

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Facilities begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. A team of trained Examiners reviews each Bronze application to determine if the facility has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality award, Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver – Achievement in Quality award.

The awards are sponsored by AHCA/NCAL Associate Business Member My InnerView, a web-based applied research and quality-management company that supports leaders across the entire assisted living, senior housing and skilled nursing profession with tools to measure, benchmark and improve performance. Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center was one of thirty-one Florida facilities to receive the Bronze level award. The recipient centers will be honored during the AHCA/NCAL’s 65th Annual Convention and Exposition, October 5-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

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Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center Receives Highest Rating From U.S. News & World Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. AND CLEARWATER, FLA., (March 5, 2015) –Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center in Clearwater, Fla., managed by The Goodman Group, has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s seventh annual “Best Nursing Homes,” available exclusively at www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes. Westchester Gardens, the premier short term rehabilitation care facility in the Clearwater area, offers a full range of services, including comprehensive rehabilitation services, physical/occupational/speech, a stroke management program, skilled nursing, and short-term stays, as well as hospice, respite, transitional sub-acute and long-term care.best-nursing-homes

Created by the publisher of Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals, the Best Nursing Homes 2015 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. The goal is to help users find a home with a strong track record of quality care. According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 60 percent of individuals over 65 years old will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime and over 40 percent will receive care in a nursing home for some period.

To create Best Nursing Homes 2015, U.S. News drew on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Homes” designation to facilities that recently earned the agency’s highest overall rating of five stars.

“We are very proud of our staff and their dedication to providing exceptional Platinum Service® and care for our residents and this national recognition,” said David Fitts, executive director, Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center. “We are also proud to be among the approximately 23 percent of all senior living facilities that earned an overall 5-star rating in the state of Florida.”

“Finding the right place for an elderly loved one is a challenge millions of Americans face each year,” says Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “We hope our Best Nursing Homes ratings, advice and tools help them navigate this important decision.”

Along with the ratings, U.S. News has published a series of articles on questions to ask when choosing a nursing home, and how to spot warning signs of bad care, understand how the federal Affordable Care Act affects senior care, and otherwise manage the emotional and financial challenges of dealing with an aging loved one.

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Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center Receives Highest Rating From U.S. News & World Report

CLEARWATER, Fla., March 13th, 2014 — Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center, a senior living community in Clearwater, Fla., managed by The Goodman Group, has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s sixth annual “Best Nursing Homes,” available exclusively at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.best-nursing-homes

The Best Nursing Homes 2014 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. U.S. News’ goal is to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home in 2014 find a home with a strong track record of good care. According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 60 percent of individuals over 65 will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime and over 40 percent will receive care in a nursing home for some period.

Best Nursing Homes draws on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories—health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care—and gives each an overall rating.

U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to homes that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2014.

“We are very proud of our staff and their dedication to providing exceptionalPlatinum Service® and care for our residents and this national recognition,” said Daniel Charpentier, executive director, Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center, a skilled nursing rehabilitation and long term care community. “We are also proud to be among the approximately 30 percent of all senior living facilities to earn the overall 5-star rating in the state of Florida.”

Along with the ratings, U.S. News has published a series of articles on how to pay for care, spot warning signs of bad care, understand how the federal Affordable Care Act affects senior care, and otherwise manage the emotional and financial challenges of dealing with an aging loved one.

“The rising number of five-star homes is encouraging,” says Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. “It speaks to care that is steadily becoming more skilled and compassionate.”

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