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Barton skilled nursing facility receives five-star designation

Barton Memorial Hospital's skilled nursing facility was recently awarded five stars by Medicare.

According Medicare.gov, the five-star quality ratings are: "based on the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA '87), a nursing home reform law, and more recent quality improvement campaigns, such as the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes, a coalition of consumers, health care providers, and nursing home professionals." Barton Memorial was given the five-star-rating based on the results of health inspections, staffing and quality measures throughout the last year. All ratings are combined to calculate the overall rating and this rating is only awarded to the top 10 percent of nursing homes.

The 48-bed long-term-care-facility has been in operation since 1997. It provides care for aging adults providing private and semi-private rooms, 24-hour licensed staff, social services, group and individual activities, entertainment and outings, volunteer programs, religious services and programs that maintain and/or improve independence.

"We have a longstanding reputation for giving high quality care," facility director Melinda Brogna stated in a press release. "We are honored to be able to provide long-term care to local families and maintain our tight-knit community."


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