Norwalk Memorial Home, a part of Fisher-Titus Medical Center, has earned designation as a U.S. News Best Nursing Home, ranking it in the top 15% of all nursing homes in the country and number 22 among the 130 Ohio nursing homes that earned this recognition. The rankings were announced Tuesday, Oct. 31 by U.S. News & World Report in conjunction with the release of its 2017-18 Nursing Home Finder.
“Our dedicated team of caregivers at Norwalk Memorial Home, under the leadership of Kristin Rupp, Director-Senior Living, and Amy Nolan, Director of Nursing-Norwalk Memorial Home, are committed to providing the safest and highest quality of care for their residents,” said Lorna Strayer, Fisher-Titus president. “It is truly an honor for our staff to receive recognition as prestigious as this ranking by U.S. News & World Report.”
Considered the global authority on health care rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide with 2,300 of them earning the designation of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home. In Ohio, 130 out of 960 nursing homes made the list.
The U.S. News Nursing Home Finder offers comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly every nursing home in the country. Since its inception in 2009, its nursing home ratings have relied on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. This year, to provide an evaluation standard for consumers consistent with its other health ratings, U.S. News created a 5-level rating scale for nursing homes, ranging from "Top Performing" to "Poor." “Top performing" facilities have overall ratings of 4.5 or greater. Norwalk Memorial Home’s rating is 5.
“The Best Nursing Home designation marks the third recognition earned by Norwalk Memorial Home this year,” Strayer added. “In February, NMH achieved ‘Gold Level’ status for its participation in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Ohio Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative. In June, the Home received the ‘Bronze Commitment to Quality Award’ for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. In addition, Norwalk Memorial Home consistently maintains a five-star ranking on the CMS Nursing Home Compare site.”
The Norwalk Memorial Home, a 69-bed transitional and long term care facility, is part of Fisher-Titus Medical Center. When it opened in 1958 offering 35 beds, it was the first nursing home in Ohio to be owned by a hospital.