It was an exciting day at the Good Samaritan Society- St. James recently when it was announced that they received the news that they were a five star rating recipient from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

“We were very excited when we found out we were receiving such an honor,” said Ursula Hagstrand who took over as the Good Samaritan Society- St. James Administrator in August.

The goal of the rating system? To help everyone involved in making a decision on what the best nursing home is for their particular needs. “CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and care givers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas of special interest. The agency features a quality rating system that gives each nursing home a rating of between one and five stars,” according to the news release announcing the 5 star rating. Nursing homes with five stars are considered to have above average quality facilities and services. The rating system results are released quarterly and rank healthcare providers in quality of patient care and patient satisfaction.

Be sure to check out the full story in the 12-7 print edition of the Plaindealer.