Five Ecumen owned and managed sites in Minnesota have received a “Best Nursing Home” rating by U.S. News & World Report magazine. 

In a report released today, U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 homes nationwide, across each state and in 100 major metropolitan areas. This year, just over 2,000 nursing homes — about 13 percent of all homes nationally — earned the designation of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home.

The Ecumen five sites – all of which received five-star ratings overall – are Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato, Ecumen Detroit Lakes in Detroit Lakes, Ecumen Scenic Shores in Two Harbors, and Ecumen-managed Clarkfield Care Center in Clarkfield and Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park.

The five sites also have received the highest possible overall quality rating of 5 stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).  The U.S. News & World Report rating is based on the Medicare rating, but also adds enhancements to make the rating more meaningful, including looking at performance over time.  Ratings are based on health inspections, staffing data (the number of hours of care provided to each resident by nursing staff), and quality measures (how well a nursing home cares for residents’ physical and clinical needs). More information on the magazine’s rating system is available at this link.

The 2,000-plus nursing homes that earned the designation of a U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Home for 2016-17 reflect a 41 percent decrease from last year. That is due in large part to an updated and more rigorous methodology.

U.S. News also offers a Nursing Home Finder with comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly every nursing home in the country. With this tool, individuals can easily conduct a customized search for a highly rated nursing home by location, distance, Medicare and Medicaid coverage and size.