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Posted: 3.18.13
Hillsdale Earns Top Honors

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HILLSDALE — Hills­dale Community Health Center’s “Mac” McGuire Skilled Nursing Facility recently earned top honors from U.S. News & World Report in its fifth annu­al Best Nursing Homes ratings.

The skilled nursing fa­cility was the only facility in Hillsdale County earn­ing a five star rating. The only other county facility to make the list was Hill­sdale County Medical Care Facility, which earned four stars.

“This is a true honor to receive this rating from U.S. News & World Re­port,” said Duke Ander­son, CEO at HCHC. “Hill­sdale Community Health Center is committed to providing quality compas­sionate care.” At the top of the Mich­igan Nursing Homes list are those with a rating of five stars from the Feder­al Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for their overall performance in health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of medical care. About 21 percent of nursing homes in the state earned an overall five star rating.

The skilled nursing fa­cility opened in December
of 1995 on the second floor of the hospital. It current­ly has 21 beds. With the addition of the new John “Jack” MacRitchie North Wing there will be an ad­ditional 19 beds added to the unit.

The new unit was dedi­cated on March 3 and will be opened as soon as final inspections are completed.

JJ Hodshire, HCHC di­rector of organizational development, said the rat­ing is a good tool to con­firm what the hospital is already doing.

“It is a testimony to the hard work of our staff,” Hodshire said. “They pro­vide excellent care to our residents.”

For most of its residents the skilled nursing facility is used for rehabilitation. The average stay of pa­tients is 30 days.

Hodshire said the new facility will give patients the best services possible in physical therapy and occupational therapy.

“We have an environ­ment that is incredible,” he said.

Having the additional beds in Hillsdale County will allow more residents to stay locally. Hodshire said that is something that is important to the staff, and that keeping patients in-county will have a pos­itive economic impact on the community.