RMH Residential Health Care Facility earns highest 5-star national rating

Published Nov 6, 2018 at 4:00pm

Rome Memorial Hospital’s Residential Health Care Facility (RHCF) is the only skilled nursing facility in Oneida County to earn the highest 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare, according to the most recent report updated Oct. 24.

The RHCF is one of only 28% of skilled nursing facilities nationally to receive an overall rating of 5-stars, which takes into consideration the facility’s performance on health inspections, staffing levels and quality of resident care measures.

The RHCF, an 80-bed skilled nursing facility which is located on the hospital’s third floor, provides long-term care, as well as short-term rehab and respite care programs.

Because of the RHCF’s reputation for quality, eligible Medicare beneficiaries who are part of an accountable care organization are able to access the RHCF without the usual three-day hospital stay when they need short-term rehabilitation. Short-term rehabilitation can help speed the recovery process for many patients who have had surgery or an extended hospital stay. 

The RHCF has also been recognized as a top performing nursing home by the New York State Department of Health. The RHCF is the only facility in Oneida County to be ranked among the top 20% of nursing homes statewide through the Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI) for four consecutive years.

The NHQI is an annual quality and performance evaluation project to improve the quality of care for residents in Medicaid-certified nursing facilities across New York State.

“Our staff takes great pride in providing exceptional care with compassion,” said RHCF Administrator Anthony Joseph, MSW, MPA, LNHA. “Everyone from our CNAs, nurses, housekeepers, therapists, maintenance, social services, dietary, and activities departments play a part in achieving excellence and making this a special place for our residents and short-term rehabilitation patients.”

According to Joseph, the facility’s person-centered care philosophy is one important factor in creating a high quality residential health care environment. Rather than being treated as a group, residents are individually supported in achieving their optimal level of physical, mental and psychosocial well-being.

“At the RHCF, our person-centered care philosophy plays a major part in our facility’s success,” Joseph said. “Through Person Centered Care, we have created a nurturing culture that empowers residents, promotes purpose and meaning, and supports well-being for individuals in a relationship based, home environment.”

With its specialized Senior Behavioral Health Unit and Residential Health Care Facility, the hospital has become recognized as a valuable resource for senior services.

The hospital has earned special recognition as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) facility for implementing a discipline of care that recognizes the unique needs of patients and residents at every stage of life.

For more information about the Residential Health Care Facility at Rome Memorial Hospital, call 315-338-7305.