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Washington County Nursing Home Receives High Ranking in U.S. News Media Group's 2011 Best Nursing Homes

Washington D.C. February 8, 2011 Washington County Nursing Home has received a high ranking of five stars overall in U.S. News & World Report’s  2011 Best Nursing Homes, available online at www.usnews.com/nursinghomes.

The rankings highlight facilities across the nation providing high-quality care and are a worthwhile tool for millions of elderly Americans and their families in search of a nursing home.

U.S. News’s Best Nursing Homes profiles more than 15,000 facilities and ranks them by state, using data and quality ratings from the federal government. The rankings are updated quarterly.

The rankings rely on information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces quality standards for all homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. Homes receive an overall rating of one to five stars from the government based on the number of stars earned in three other categories: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care.

This recognition of our facility by a publication as respected and widely read as U.S. News & World Report is a testament to the compassion and commitment to excellence our employees take in caring for our residents” said Douglas Tanner, Administrator of Washington County Nursing Home.  “I’m very proud of our employees and honored to work alongside a group of folks who want to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Facilities that ranked highest in Best Nursing Homes 2011 earned overall five-star ratings. Only about one home in seven met this standard.

U.S. News’s Honor Roll highlights 18 homes that received five-star ratings in all three categories in which homes are judged. Honor Roll nursing homes not only got five stars overall, but achieved a perfect 15 stars for four consecutive quarters.

“Choosing a nursing home for your parent or loved one is incredibly difficult,” says Avery Comarow, Health Rankings Editor at U.S. News & World Report. “Homes at the top of our rankings have repeatedly shown high quality and deserve consideration.”

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