Hildegard Health Center rated ‘Top Performing’

From Local Sources

FERDINAND — Hildegard Health Center announced Wednesday that it earned an overall rating of “Top Performing” from U.S. News & World Report, putting it among the top 15 percent nationwide. The rating system is applied to more than 15,000 skilled nursing facilities in the U.S.

“I applaud the outstanding efforts of our Hildegard caregivers and staff who enabled the center to achieve this prestigious designation,” said Sister Kathy Bilskie, the health center’s administrator. “We are continually seeking to improve our performance in the quality care and services we give our residents to maintain a safe and secure environment for their well-being.”

U.S. News & World Report pulls information from a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas of special interest. U.S. News modified this system to create their own five-level rating scale for nursing homes ranging from “Top Performing” to “Poor,” which weighs performance over time and places emphasis on medical quality measures.

The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand established Hildegard Health Center in 2005. As a licensed nursing facility, Hildegard provides 24-hour care for its residents. Hildegard is managed by the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, based in South Dakota.

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