Evenglow Lodge gets high marks from U.S. News and World Report


WASHINGTON – U.S. News Media Group has released the 2011 Best Nursing Homes rankings and Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac is among the group highlighted for high quality service.
The ratings are based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer website run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The magazine reports that only 18 nursing homes received four straight quarters of perfect five-star ratings from CMS.   
U.S. News' report for ranking nursing homes across the country based on the CMS Nursing Home Compare website.  The CMS website “grades” nursing homes on a 5 star system in three categories:  Public Health Surveys, Staffing, and Quality Indicators.  Those that receive 5 stars in all categories are on the magazines Honor Roll – 18 this year (listed at the bottom of this email).  These organizations received 15 out of 15 stars for four straight quarters.  If you click on the link “The 2011 Best Nursing Homes rankings” below and enter “Illinois” Evenglow will be listed on the first of 11 pages with only one star missing under Health Surveys.
The 2011 Best Nursing Homes rankings highlights facilities across the nation that provide high-quality care and is a useful online tool millions of elderly Americans and their families can use to search for a nursing home.
U.S. News's Best Nursing Homes profiles more than 15,000 facilities and ranks them by state, using data and quality ratings from the federal government. It showcases an Honor Roll of 18 homes that received perfect five-star ratings for four consecutive quarters in all three categories in which homes are judged – health inspections, staffing and quality measures.
"The Best Nursing Homes rankings and search tools were designed to help families deal with the pressure and confusion of picking a home at a difficult time," says Avery Comarow, Health Rankings editor. "We want them to be able to choose homes according to their own individual needs – closeness to family members, religious affiliation, and insurance coverage are just a few of the factors they can select."