Nazareth Home facilities receive national and local awards for care

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Nazareth Home, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, was recently honored with national and local awards.

Nazareth Home and Nazareth Home Clifton were recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for reducing hospital re-admission rates. The CMS program, “Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing,” focuses on better outcomes and the quality of care given to people with Medicare. Organizations are measured on how often patients are re-admitted to a hospital within 30 days after being discharged to a skilled nursing facility, according to a press release from Nazareth Home.

Mary Haynes, president and chief executive officer of Nazareth Home, said they are “committed to recovering patients and getting them home as soon as possible.”

“Our short stay Medicare program has delivered top of the class outcomes for quite a few years no due to the excellent team of medical, nursing and therapy providers,” said Haynes.

In addition to the national recognition, Nazareth Home and Nazareth Home Clifton were recognized at the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities’ annual Quality Awards Banquet in the category “Best of Kentucky – Nursing and Rehabilitation” last month. Jessica Klausing, a staff member at the Clifton campus, was honored with the “Best Nursing Care” award and Dr. Bonnie Razor, medical director of Nazareth Home, was recognized as “Best Health Care Partner.”

Nazareth Home was also recognized at LeadingAge Kentucky’s annual conference with two awards. Volunteer Anita Fitzgibbon received the 2018 “Adult Volunteer Award” and Nazareth Home Clifton received the 2018 “Innovation Award” for its opioid program. This program provides non-opioid pain medications along with alternative treatments, such as hand massages and efforts to help patients relax, according to the release.

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