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Norma Jenks, right, a licensed practical nurse at Avera Brady Health and Rehab, helps Gisele Traut with her medication Thursday afternoon in Mitchell. (Sean Ryan/Republic)

Avera Brady receives five star ranking again

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Avera Brady receives five star ranking again
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Tom Clark, regional president and CEO of Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, announces that Avera Brady Health and Rehab has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s sixth annual Best Nursing Homes. The Best Nursing Homes 2014 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide.

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“We are extremely proud of Veronnica Smith, administrator, Avera Brady Health and Rehab, and the entire staff at Avera Brady for the exemplary job they do each and every day,” Clark said in a news release. “This is the fourth year in a row that Avera Brady has been recognized with the highest possible overall rating of five stars, and this rating is a credit to the staff and leadership at Avera Brady.”

Smith joined Clark in crediting the staff at Avera Brady noting, “Our associates take personal pride in the quality of care they provide for our residents. We strive to have excellent staffing levels, and this attention to the standards has resulted in our fourth five-star rating in as many years. We will celebrate this exceptional accomplishment with our staff and residents, and will continue to encourage their efforts.”

According to Kimberly Leonard, Health Rankings Web Producer for U.S. News & World Report, nursing homes are ranked by U.S. News to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home in 2014 find a home with a strong track record of good care. According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 60 percent of individuals over 65 will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime and over 40 percent will receive care in a nursing home for some period.

Best Nursing Homes draws on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories -- health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care – and gives each an overall rating. The U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to homes that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2014.

-Source: Avera Queen of Peace

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