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Ten Benedictine communities earned the highest possible rating from U.S. News and World Report 2021-22 Best Nursing Homes report

US News and World Report evaluated more than 15,000 skilled nursing facilities throughout the country and rated them in two different areas: short term rehabilitation and long-term care.

The short-term rehabilitation rating is based on an assessment of 10 quality measures focusing on staffing, medical outcomes, resident complaints and processes of care provided to residents who spent 100 days or fewer at a skilled nursing facility for care needed as a result of a stroke or accident, joint replacement or other rehabilitation-focused recovery.

The long term care rating is based on nine quality measures focusing on staffing, medical outcomes, resident complaints and processes of care such as vaccinations and appropriate use of some medications.

This year’s methodology included an emphasis on homes meeting certain standards of patient safety, which could limit a home’s ability to achieve a ‘High-Performing’ rating. These standards include a minimum threshold for the staff COVID-19 vaccination rate, overuse of antipsychotic drugs and frequent visits to the emergency department, among other criteria. Homes that have below a 75% COVID-19 staff vaccination rate are not considered a leading facility.

Earning the high performing rating for short-term rehabilitation were (all in Minnesota) Benedictine Health Center, Duluth; Benedictine Living Community-New Brighton; Benedictine Living Community-Owatonna; Benedictine St. Crispin, Red Wing; Benedictine St. Gertrude’s, Shakopee; Benedictine Care Community, St. Peter; and Benedictine Saint Anne, Winona, Minn..

In addition, five Benedictine Communities  earned the high performing rating for long term care: Benedictine Care Community, Ada, Minn.; Benedictine Living Community-New Brighton, Minn.; Benedictine Care Community, St. Peter, Minn.; Benedictine St. Gertrude’s, Shakopee, Minn.; and Benedictine Manor, LaCrosse, Wis.

“At the heart of Benedictine’s Mission is serving those in need within our Core Values of hospitality, stewardship, respect and justice. Congratulations and thank you to all these communities for their hard work and dedication to living our Core Values in providing quality, compassionate care to those they serve daily,” said Jerry Carley, Benedictine president/CEO.