Transitions Healthcare North Huntingdon Recognized for “Most Improved Quality Measures Performance” in 2022
From our leadership to our administrators to our caregivers, Transitions Healthcare is focused on an unwavering commitment to exceptional care. In most cases that means providing the highest level of quality and innovative care for our residents, yet sometimes that means improvement – specifically to the rigorous standards of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
CMS is committed to ensuring quality health care for Medicare Beneficiaries through accountability and public disclosure. CMS uses Quality Measures – tools to help assess healthcare processes, outcomes, patient perceptions, and organizational structure – to quantify goals for health care such as effective, safe, efficient, patient-centered, equitable, and timely care.
While we acknowledge our 2-star rating for Quality Measures in September of 2020, the dedicated staff of Transitions Healthcare North Huntingdon did not stand idle and accept that appraisal. Instead, they used this assessment as motivation for constant and continual improvement in all facets of quality care. So much so, that by the end of 2022, our Quality Measures rating had improved to 4-stars.
Yet, the ultimate goal has not been met – the team is still striving for the highest ranking possible and fully expects to achieve a 5-star rating in 2023.
As they say, “it takes a village,” especially in pursuing and achieving such remarkable results – and that process began with a strong nursing administration team lead by our Director of Nursing, Bobbi Koffman, and an extremely knowledgeable Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator (RNAC), Deb Aaron. A key aspect of our progress included the replacement of contract rehabilitation services with a passionate in-house rehabilitation team led by Joe Wega. Additionally, our quality of care was bolstered by the guidance of our Medical Director, Dr. Zdrale, and our Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs) who visit with our residents multiple times per week. To complement the care team, we also recognize the distinct expertise of our Certified Wound Care Registered Nurse (RN), Beth Sherry, and our Diet Technician, Tracey Stahl.
Congratulations to the Transitions Healthcare North Huntingdon staff who are incredibly valuable members of our healthcare team treating one another with loyalty, respect, and dignity. This award exemplifies what can be achieved when quality of care becomes our first concern and our greatest responsibility.