Published on February 07, 2012

U.S. News and World Report names Baptist Golden Triangle’s unit one of America’s Best Nursing Homes

COLUMBUS, Miss. - U.S. News and World Report recently named Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle’s non-residential transitional care unit as one of the country’s best nursing home facilities.

Baptist Golden Triangle’s Transitional Care Unit received the highest possible score of five stars in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes, which recognized top-rated nursing home facilities in all 50 states offering important guidance to families and health care providers.  The Unit received a five-star overall rating for all four quarters in 2011.

“We are so pleased to have our transitional care unit named as one of America’s Best Nursing Homes for the second time,” said Baptist Golden Triangle CEO and Administrator Paul Cade. “The recognition is truly a testament to the staff’s hard work and dedication.”

Baptist Golden Triangle’s non-residential transitional care unit has 23 beds; and patients typically stay in the unit 10-14 days. The unit is for patients who are not ready for the next level of care, whether it is returning to their home, a nursing home, intense rehab or an assisted living facility.

An interdisciplinary team assesses the patients’ needs and works toward improving independence. The therapy, dietary, respiratory and pharmacy departments work with the transitional care unit staff to implement an individualized plan of care. A weekly team conference is held for each patient, where family members are able to receive progress reports, preparing them for the patient’s return home. 

“More than three million Americans will spend part of 2012 in a nursing home, and trying to decide under pressure which one is best isn’t easy,” said Avery Comarow, health rankings editor. “Top-rated nursing homes are worth considering and deserve special recognition.”

U.S. News and World Report’s evaluation of nursing homes is based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer website run by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The government agency sets and enforces standards for nursing homes, which are defined as facilities or portions of facilities enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid that provide 24-hour nursing care and other medical services. Nursing home facilities earn an overall rating of one to five stars, as well as up to five stars in each of three underlying categories: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care. U.S. News and World Report updates each nursing home’s ratings data quarterly.

With 328 beds, Baptist Golden Triangle is the largest regional hospital affiliated with the Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist Memorial Health Care system. More than 100 physicians and surgeons, who represent almost every medical specialty, practice at the hospital, which offers a full range of comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages. The hospital offers a variety of services to the community, including the Baptist Centers for Cancer Care, hospice for the terminally ill, Baptist Behavioral Health Care for those with behavioral and mental health problems, an emergency room with 24-hour ambulance service, an extensive rehabilitation department and educational programs. Baptist Golden Triangle employs more than 1,000 health care professionals. 

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