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Nursing & Rehab Center included in US News and World Report’s list of Best Nursing Homes

By: Country Meadows |

Country Meadows of Bethlehem Nursing Center is proud to be included in the 2020-2021 list of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes, available at The Center’s short-term rehabilitation services received the highest possible rating of “high performing.”

U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide, in every state in nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. U.S. News awards the designation of “Best Nursing Home” only to those homes that satisfy U.S. News’s assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.

“We are delighted that Country Meadows of Bethlehem Nursing Center has been recognized as one of the top-performing nursing centers in the nation and pleased to be among this elite group of health care providers,” says G. Michael Leader, president & CEO-Country Meadows Retirement Communities. “It is a great tribute to the Center’s staff who delivers the quality health care which results in this high rating.”

Now in its 11th year, U.S. News’ Best Nursing Homes is designed to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home. According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 60 percent of individuals over 65 will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime and over 40 percent will receive care in a nursing home for some period.

U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly all of the nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes. The Best Nursing Homes ratings reflect U.S. News’ exclusive analysis of publicly available data using a methodology defined by U.S. News that evaluates factors that it has determined most greatly impact patient and resident care, safety, and outcomes. This year, to accompany the new ratings, nursing home profile pages were updated to include a patient safety summary that reflects COVID-19 data alongside other measurements of safety and related advice on choosing a home or facility amidst the pandemic.

“U.S. News strives to provide access to information that allows consumers to make educated decisions on all types of care,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Updating the profiles to include a patient safety summary that highlights COVID-19 data paired with other measures of care arms families, caregivers and patients with the information needed to make a decision that keeps safety at the highest priority.”

In 2018, U.S. News developed a Short-Term Rehabilitation Rating that assesses the performance of skilled nursing facilities in post-acute care. For 2019-20, 13,683 facilities received a Short-Term Rating, while only 2,250 homes earned a High-Performing Rating, including Country Meadows Nursing & Rehab Center in Bethlehem. This year the Short-Term Rehabilitation Ratings newly incorporate several measures of quality, including consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in preventing falls.

The Best Nursing Home finder features ratings on both long-term and short-term care. The Long-Term Care Rating aims to provide prospective residents who need help with daily activities, and their families, with analysis and information regarding the quality of care provided by nursing homes. The rating includes data on staffing, success in preventing ER visits and pneumonia vaccination rates, among other metrics. The short-term rating incorporates measures of quality including consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in preventing falls.

Country Meadows of Bethlehem Nursing Center provides 24-hour skilled nursing care, physical, occupational and speech therapy and memory support services. Care focuses on the whole person including his or her physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Community Life programs and Spiritual Life Services play an important role in the daily lives of our residents. Click here for more information about Country Meadows of Bethlehem Nursing & Rehab Center.

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