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Thorne Crest Health Center Once Again Awarded 5-Star Rating

Thorne Crest Health Center has been awarded a 5-Star quality rating by the U.S. Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services ( This is the 6th straight year Thorne Crest has been honored with this 5-Star rating since first earning this prestigious honor in 2016.

Thorne Crest Health Center’s 5-star rating is a reflection on the staff and their endless dedication to the best healthcare practices.   Furthermore, nursing homes with five stars are considered to be “much above average” in quality; the rating collectively reports on three categories: Staffing Levels, Quality Measures and Health Inspection.

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.

Health Inspection and Complaints: Which shows how well they met health and safety standards for food preparation and other activities in the latest three state inspections. Such inspections are conducted at least every 15 months. This also includes results of consumer complaint investigations.

Shanna Eckberg, Chief Operating Officer at ABHM (American Baptist Homes of the Midwest), Thorne Crest’s parent company, states “achieving this level of excellence clearly illustrates Thorne Crest’s dedication and commitment to delivering superior service to residents in the entire Albert Lea regional area.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ranks all US nursing homes.  The Five-Star Quality Rating System is designed to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to identify areas where questions are commonly asked.