WCH earns U.S. News and World Report honor

WCH earns U.S. News and World Report honor

The Wooster Community Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit has been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for short-term rehabilitation for 2022-23 by U.S. News & World Report.

The annual Best Nursing Homes ratings, now in their 13th year, assist prospective residents and their families in making informed decisions in consultation with their medical professionals about where to receive short-term or long-term nursing home care. Only 16% of U.S skilled-nursing facilities earned the Best Nursing Home designation this year.

“We are pleased to once again have our TCU skilled nursing unit recognized among the best in Ohio and in the top 16% in the nation,” said Bill Sheron, president/CEO at Wooster Community Hospital. “It demonstrates a consistent commitment to high-level care and is a testament to our outstanding staff and medical director. We trust that patients and families utilize such rankings when making their healthcare choices.”

For 2022-23, U.S. News rated more than 15,000 nursing homes on care, safety, infection rates, staffing and health inspections. For the first time, the Best Nursing Homes ratings feature a new measure on weekend staffing and another new measure on infection rates that led to hospitalizations.

“Choosing the right nursing home based on care needs and comfort is a critical decision for prospective residents and their families,” said Zach Adams, health data engineer at U.S. News. “The Best Nursing Homes ratings highlight nursing homes that excel in short-term rehabilitation and long-term care needs.”

The Best Nursing Homes methodology factors data such as resident care, safety and outcomes. To calculate the Best Nursing Homes ratings, U.S. News evaluated each nursing home’s performance using a variety of data obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Both short-term and long-term ratings include data on consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of anti-psychotic drugs, and success in preventing ER and hospital visits. The long-term care rating also includes measures of whether a home changed ownership and how well they were staffed on weekends.

The short-term rehabilitation rating also includes measures of a home’s success in preventing falls, preventing serious infections and making sure residents are able to return home.

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