November 9, 2017, Albert Lea, MN – Thorne Crest Senior Living Community has been named amongst the “Best Nursing Homes in the Nation” by U.S. News and World Report. Since 2009 US News and World Report has published a report of top nursing homes in the nation based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. This year they evaluated over 15,000 nursing homes to help people find the best nursing homes for loved ones.
Thorne Crest has also been named, “Large Business of the Year” by the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce. The award is based on feedback from residents and staff along with an extensive history of participation in the activities that support Albert Lea and the surrounding communities.
In addition, Thorne Crest has received a 5-Star-Rating from the government-based Center for Medicare and Medicaid that evaluates and ranks nursing homes and senior living communities throughout the country. Thorne Crest received its five-star rating with top performing scores in the following areas:
Staffing. Which was based on the average number of hours per day of care received per resident from registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses and certified nurse assistants.
Medical Care Quality Measures. The percentages of residents who got recommended care such as flu vaccinations and percentages who had care-related problems such as pain, bedsores and urinary tract infections.
Chris Schulz, Thorne Crest administrator states, “once again we have achieved a 5-star rating, and in combination with these other awards I want to thank the staff and residents and who together make Thorne Crest a great place to call home.”