Three nursing homes in the region were recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report for being among the best in the country.
The five-star rated facilities include two for-profits owned by Genesis Healthcare: the Millville Center in Cumberland County and the Southern Ocean Center in Stafford Township, Ocean County.
The third is the not-for-profit Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation’s Renaissance Pavilion in Galloway Township, Atlantic County.
U.S. News & World Report, a news and analysis publisher, ranks everything from colleges and mutual funds to midsize cars and honeymoons.
For its best nursing homes list, it used data from Nursing Home Compare, which is run by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Each nursing home received an overall rating, as well as ratings on nurse staffing levels, quality of care and heath-inspection records.
The Millville Center is the largest of the three, with a combined 167 beds, includining 120 nursing home beds for long-term cases, 27-short stay beds and another 20 beds for its orthopedic unit, said Greg Marks, senior administrator at the Millville Center.
The center has nearly 220 employees, and there are various jobs that have to be coordinated in order to run successfully, said Marks, of Mullica Township.
“I tell the employees and a lot of people we’re not just in one line of business, we’re in many. We not only run a nursing home and rehab center, it’s like running a hotel,” he said. “You have rooms made up every day, you’re running a laundry. We run at least 450 meals a day, not including snacks, and you’re running a restaurant as well.
“There are probably restaurants that don’t serve that many meals a day,” he said. “And it’s important that everyone interact. Everybody has to work together.”
The Millville and Southern Ocean centers are both owned by Kennett Square, Pa.-based Genesis Healthcare, which says it is one of the country’s largest skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapy providers.
The company says it owns more than 400 skilled nursing centers and assisted- and senior-living areas in 28 states.
U.S. News & World Report said about a quarter of all nursing homes in New Jersey earned five stars.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said more than 3 million Americans will spend some time in a nursing home this year.
The Southern Ocean Center has 136 beds and about 175 employees, said Administrator Shelley Wyatt, of the West Creek section of Eagleswood Township.
The facility has long-term patients, who can no longer get the care they need at home, and short-term patients typically recovering from a surgery or accident, she said.
Wyatt said more than half of the employees have been there longer than five years, and that experience is helpful.
“We know we can’t please everybody at every minute of every day, but we have systems in place that find out and acknowledge if we haven’t met a patient’s expectations,” she said. “If we know about it quickly, we can correct the issues quickly.”
In Atlantic County, the nonprofit Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation opened Renaissance Pavilion in 2006, said Mary Joyce Perskie, vice president for marketing and business development.
The pavilion is a 29-bed facility where patients stay and do therapy for a short time — the average stay is about 10 days — following injury, surgery or accident, she said.
The facility has earned the five-star distinction for three years in a row.
“We’re small, of course, compared to most nursing homes, which can be 100 or more beds, and in some ways that lets us be almost a boutique kind of nursing home care,” she said. “Being small has to be helpful, but I also think it’s the level of leadership we have at Renaissance.”
More than 3,000 nursing homes across the country made the five-star list this year, according to the media company, which does not include retirement or assisted-living communities in its Best Nursing Homes database.
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