FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 01, 2013
Contact: Angela L. Yu
Media Relations Manager
TROY, N.Y. – March 1, 2013 – The Eddy not-for-profit network of senior services, affiliated with St. Peter’s Health Partners – the region’s largest healthcare system – has announced that four of its nursing homes have recently received the highest overall rating of five stars in the U.S. News & World Report’s fifth annual Best Nursing Homes 2013 ratings.
Only about 18 percent of the nursing homes in New York State were awarded the overall 5-star best rating designation. In the Capital Region, there are 37 homes with only six receiving the highest 5-star ratings. Four of the designated “best” are Eddy nursing homes: Eddy Memorial Geriatric Centerin Troy; Eddy Village Green at Cohoes, St. Peter’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Albany; and Schuyler Ridge Residential Healthcare in Clifton Park.
Additionally, The Eddy’s three other nursing homes all received 4-star ratings by U.S News & World Report: Eddy Heritage House Nursing & Rehabilitation Centerin Troy; Eddy Village Green at Beverwyck in Slingerlands; and Our Lady of Mercy Life Centerin Guilderland.
“So many families have entrusted the care of their older loved ones to us so we are very proud that our nursing centers have been designated as among the best in the United States,” said Jo-Ann Costantino, chief executive officer of The Eddy. “To achieve all 4-star and 5-star ratings at all seven of our locations truly does reflect the high quality and compassionate care that our staffs strive to provide to all our residents in this region.”
“All seniors deserve the best in nursing care available, and these are homes that merit their consideration by demonstrating such high quality,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor.
More than 3 million Americans will spend at least part of 2013 in one of the nation’s nursing homes. The U.S. News & World Report highlighted nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide, including 631 in New York State.
Best Nursing Homes draws on data from Nursing Home Compare, run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. Facilities were rated separately in three categories – health inspections, level of nurse staffing and quality of care.
“I strongly urge families and individuals in search of nursing home care to become more educated, visit different facilities and review reports about care before choosing a home,” Costantino advised. “The Eddy has had a mission of high quality, compassionate care since 1928. I invite families and caregivers to come and meet with our staff and witness the care firsthand.”
For more information on skilled nursing services for a loved one, please call The Eddy’s centralized referral line at (518) 382-4502, or visit www.NortheastHealth.com/TheEddy.
For more information on the U.S. News & World Report ratings, please visit www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.
St. Peter’s Health Partners was created on October 1, 2011 by the merger of Northeast Health, St. Peter’s Health Care Services and Seton Health. The merger created the region’s largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit network of high-quality, advanced medical care, primary care, rehabilitation and senior services. These state-of-the-art services and programs are provided through Albany Memorial Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany; Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy; Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady; as well as The Eddy system of continuing care and The Community Hospice. The new organization has more than 12,000 employees at more than 165 locations in seven counties of northeastern New York. St. Peter’s Health Partners is the region’s largest private employer and has an annual budget of nearly $1.2 billion. For more information, please visit www.SPHP.com.
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