Metro-East News

‘America’s Best Nursing Homes’: Metro-east facilities get top ratings

Eight metro-east nursing homes are among the top-ranked in the country.

U.S. News and World Report has recently published its “America’s Best Nursing Homes” list.

The list of five-star-rated nursing homes included Memorial Care Center, located on the Memorial Hospital campus in Belleville, Clinton Manor Living Center in New Baden and Oak Hill in Waterloo.

Anne Crook, administrator of Memorial Care Center, praised the staff at the center.

“We are very proud of our Care Center employees and the dedication and team work they exhibit daily to continue meeting our organizational mission for providing exceptional healthcare and compassionate service for our community,” Crook said.

This marks the sixth year Memorial Care Center has received a five-star rating.

About $6 million in improvements were completed at the center last year. These included complete renovation of all patient rooms, common areas and therapy services and installation of a full kitchen to simulate homemaking activities.

Memorial Care Center also expanded therapy services to seven days a week and enhanced the therapy services area and added state-of-the-art equipment.

The center employs 126 individuals to care for 70 to 80 patients.

Cheryl Smith, administrator at Clinton Manor, said she attributes the five-star rating to the longevity of staff.

Clinton Manor practices culture change, Smith said, which means staff work to create a “homelike environment” for residents and provides them with choice.

“Staff gets to know each individual person so we can provide individualized, personalized care for them, which makes them happy,” she said.

The living center has 38 residents, which is just one shy of capacity. Smith said Clinton Manor, which employs 100 staff members, usually has a waiting list.

This year marks the fifth year in a row the privately owned facility has received the five-star rating.

Kim Kechritz, administrator at Oak Hill in Waterloo, said they are “thrilled” about the five-star rating, which the facility has received the last three years.

“It’s definitely the staff that allows us to be a five-star facility,” Kechritz said. “We are just a very good community home.”

Oak Hill has 190 staff members to care for its 185 residents.

The rankings are based on numbers 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.

Other metro-east nursing homes that received a five-star rating are as follows: Manor Court of Maryville, Gateway Regional Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility in Granite City, Meridian Village Care Center in Glen Carbon, Rosewood Care Center of Edwardsville and Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra.