Dec 1, 2022 U.S. News & World Report Names Community Medical Center’s Transitional Care Unit Among Best in New Jersey

TOMS RIVER, NJ – November 28, 2022 – Community Medical Center’s Transitional Care Unit has been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for Short-Term Rehabilitation for 2022-2023 by U.S. News & World Report. This is the fourth consecutive year the facility has been awarded this recognition, which is limited to the top 16% of all Nursing homes rated by U.S. News.

The annual Best Nursing Homes ratings, now in their 13th year, assist prospective residents and their families in making informed decisions in consultation with their medical professionals about where to receive short-term or long-term nursing home care. Only 16% of U.S skilled-nursing facilities earned the “Best Nursing Home” designation this year.

The Transitional Care Unit at Community Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, rated “High Performing” for Short-Term Rehabilitation.

“To receive recognition from U.S. News & World Report once is an accomplishment; to earn it four consecutive years is a demonstration of the quality and safety of our Short Term Rehabilitation Program,” said Donna Bonacorso, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Patient Care Services, Community Medical Center. “Our Transitional Care Unit is staffed by an interdisciplinary team who provide excellent care, focused on the safety and satisfaction of our patients and their loved ones. We are incredibly proud of the work they do, every day, to help patients complete their recovery and regain independence and well-being.”

For 2022-2023, U. S. News rated more than 15,000 nursing homes on care, safety, infection rates, staffing and health inspections. For the first time, the Best Nursing Homes ratings feature a new measure on weekend staffing and another new measure on infection rates that led to hospitalizations.

“Choosing the right nursing home based on care needs and comfort is a critical decision for prospective residents and their families,” said Zach Adams, health data engineer at U.S. News. “The Best Nursing Homes ratings highlight nursing homes that excel in short-term rehabilitation and long-term care needs.”

The Best Nursing Homes methodology factors data such as resident care, safety, and outcomes. To calculate the Best Nursing Homes ratings, U.S. News evaluated each nursing home’s performance using a variety of data obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Both short- and long-term ratings include data on consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs, and success in preventing ER and hospital visits. The long-term care rating also includes measures of whether a home changed ownership and how well they were staffed on weekends. The short-term rehabilitation rating also includes measures of a home’s success in preventing falls, preventing serious infections, and making sure residents are able to return homes.

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