Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Nursing Home Wins 'U.S. News' Honors

Washington D.C.– February 8, 2011– Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center has received a high ranking of five stars overall in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 Best Nursing Homes, available online at www.usnews.com/nursinghomes.

The rankings highlight facilities across the nation providing high-quality care and are a worthwhile tool for millions of elderly Americans and their families in search of a nursing home.

U.S. News’s Best Nursing Homes profiles more than 15,000 facilities and ranks them by state, using data and quality ratings from the federal government. The rankings are updated quarterly.

The rankings rely on information 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. Homes receive an overall rating of one to five stars from the government based on the number of stars earned in three other categories: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care. Facilities that ranked highest in Best Nursing Homes 2011 earned overall five-star ratings. Only about one home in seven met this standard.

“Choosing a nursing home for your parent or loved one is incredibly difficult,” says Avery Comarow, Health Rankings Editor at U.S. News & World Report. “Homes at the top of our rankings have repeatedly shown high quality and deserve consideration.”

Only five nursing homes in Vermont received the five-star rating.

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