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.