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Alhambra’s Hitz Memorial Home among country’s top nursing homes

Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra is among the top-ranked nursing homes in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report.

U.S. News and World Report recently published its “America’s Best Nursing Homes” list after judging every home in the U.S.

Each nursing home received an overall rating of one to five stars, based on its number of stars in three categories: state-conducted health inspections, how much time nurses spend with residents and the quality of medical care.

This marks the first time Hitz received a five-star ranking, Hitz administrator Susan Tudor said. She attributed the ranking to Hitz’s staff.

“The staff works really hard here and they love our residents,” she said. “They were very thrilled and excited when they heard the news.”

Hitz is a not-for-profit ministry of the United Church of Christ that has been providing healthcare services to the elderly since 1952. It has 73 employees and 59 beds.

The home is a member of the Illinois Pioneer Coalition, which is helping to spread “culture change” throughout the nursing home industry, Tudor said. Some of those efforts at Hitz include the ability of residents to sleep in, availability of food 24/7, menus from which to order food, and extended meal times. Hitz earlier renovated its library, complete with an Internet-enabled work station for residents to stay in touch with loved ones or just surf the web.

Other metro-east nursing homes that received a five-star rating were Manor Court of Maryville, Meridian Village Care Center in Glen Carbon, Rosewood Care Center of Edwardsville, Clinton Manor Living Center in New Baden, Oak Hill in Waterloo, Gateway Regional Medical CenterSkilled Nursing Facility in Granite City, Memorial Care Center, located on the Memorial Hospital campus in Belleville.

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