Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home receives highest rating

For the second year in a row, Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home, Viborg, has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes.

The Best Nursing Homes 2013 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. U.S. News’s goal is to help users find a home with a strong track record of good care.

Best Nursing Homes draws on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories – health inspections, level of nurse staffing and quality of care – and gives an overall rating.

U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to homes that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2013.

Ann Bossman, director of nursing at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home said, “We were thrilled to receive the recognition from U.S. News & World Report. Our staff is very committed to quality and personalized patient care. All departments coordinate efforts to bring the best possible care to our residents.”

The staffing rating has information about the number of hours of care, on average, provided for each resident each day by nursing staff.

The quality measure report provides standard data for the public to compare each facility’s performance in each of 10 categories regarding physical, emotional and clinical care needs. Some examples of these categories are weight loss, fractures, falls, pain and mobility.

“Fewer than one our of every five nursing homes got an overall rating of five stars,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings editor. “All seniors deserve the best nursing care available, and these are homes that merit their consideration by demonstrating such high quality.”

Along with the rankings, U.S. News has published a series of articles and a step-by-step video to guide users I choosing the right nursing home. These are only available on their Web site.

Information on the ranking is available exclusively at

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