U.S. News & World Report recently named the Health Center at St. Joseph of the Pines (SJP) in Southern Pines as one of the Best Nursing Homes 2014.
Nearly 16,000 nursing homes across the country were assessed using a rating system based on health inspections, care, staffing and safety. SPJ's Health Center received an overall rating of five stars.
The Best Nursing Homes 2014 designation is based on information compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.
A five-star rating reflects how well safety and health standards were met during inspections conducted every 12 to 15 months for the past three years, as well as the amount of time each day residents receive care from the Health Center’s nursing staff.
SJP’s skilled nursing center is also rated exceptionally high in quality measures of care, including more residents who are vaccinated against the flu and fewer residents experiencing a major fall.
Of the nearly 16,000 facilities assessed for Best Nursing Homes 2014, about 3,800 earned the top rating.
“We are thrilled with the Health Center’s five-star rating,” SPJ Interim CEO Dawn Wilson said in a statement. “Our rating reflects the dedication of our nursing and administrative staff to our residents. This distinction demonstrates our commitment to providing a person-centered philosophy of care.”
The Health Center provides long- and short-term skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and memory support care.