U.S. News & World Report names Ohio Living Lake Vista one of the Best for 2017-18

Cortland, OH – Since its inception in 2009, "U.S. News & World Report" nursing home ratings have relied on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. This year, in order to provide an evaluation standard for consumers consistent with its other health ratings, U.S. News has created a 5-level rating scale for nursing homes ranging from "Top Performing" to "Poor."

The nearly 2300 nursing homes that earned the designation of a "U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Home for 2017-2018" represent about 15% of all of those homes. For the second year in a row, California has the highest number of homes on the list, followed by Ohio and Florida. Washington, D.C., Hawaii and Arkansas have the highest proportion of "Best Nursing Homes" as compared to the total number of homes evaluated.  

U.S. News has updated the methodology used to evaluate nursing homes to ensure that the designation of "Best Nursing Home," is given only to those homes that demonstrate appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures. To qualify as a "Best Nursing Home," facilities had to earn 4.5 out of 5 during ten months of federal reports ending in August 2017 and consistently meet performance standards set by U.S. News such as earning at least 4 in the CMS overall rating for all ten months.

"This is a great honor and achievement, and we would not have been recognized as a best nursing home in the nation without our most valuable asset -- our team. A major part of working with adults in healthcare is about building a culture of respect and trust. Our team helps us earn the trust people we serve place in us, and I am thankful every day that members of our team have chosen to share their gifts and talents with each other and everyone we serve in our community," commented Ohio Living Lake Vista Executive Director Dean Palombaro.

Ohio Living Lake Vista is one of 12 life plan communities owned and operated by Ohio Living, headquartered in Columbus. Since 1922, Ohio Living has defined the highest standards of quality of life for adults. Each year Ohio Living serves more than 73,000 people annually through its life plan communities and Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice. Its Ohio-based services range from a variety of housing options in one of its communities through the full continuum of care to post-acute home health and hospice support for adults wherever they live.