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U.S. News and World Report says Lawrence PMMA is among best in nation

U.S. News and World Report has named Lawrence Presbyterian Manor to the Best Nursing Homes 2020-21 list. The senior living community received the highest score of High Performing in the long-term care category to make the list.

Lawrence Presbyterian Manor can serve 40 residents in the health care center. Both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care are available. The campus also offers independent living, assisted living and memory care.

Including Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, six PMMA locations are on the honoree list with high performing designations for long-term care: Aberdeen Village (Olathe), Arkansas City, Manor of the Plains (Dodge City) and Wichita in Kansas and Aberdeen Heights (Kirkwood) in Missouri.

U.S. News uses information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the government agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes and skilled nursing centers. CMS assigns one to five stars to each community for how well it performs in health inspections, nurse staffing and level of quality care.

All Medicare- and Medicaid-certified health care centers were evaluated by U.S. News. To be eligible for an overall rating, a center must have received reimbursement from CMS in July 2020 and had sufficient data to evaluate quality in that rating.

Over the past two years, U.S. News changed its focus from the CMS star ratings to specific quality measures for short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. The 10 quality measures focus on staffing, outcomes, resident complaints and processes of care. Some of the measures used by U.S. News are not included in the CMS approach to determining 5-star ratings.

U.S. News added the Short-Term Rehabilitation rating in 2018 to evaluate the care delivered to patients after a hospitalization for surgery, heart attack, stroke, injury or similar condition. In 2019, U.S. News added a Long-Term Care rating, evaluating the care delivered to residents who are no longer able to live independently and need help with daily activities such as eating, getting in or out of bed or a wheelchair, using stairs, or getting dressed, as well as administering needed medical care.

In order to be included on the U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes list, a skilled nursing center had to receive the High Performing designation in either the short-term rehabilitation or long-term care categories. In 2020, CMS awarded 5-stars to 3,689 skilled nursing centers. A total of 3,277 skilled nursing centers were recognized as Best Nursing Homes in 2020 – 2,362 in short-term rehabilitation and 1,623 in long-term care. Just 708 skilled nursing communities received this designation in both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care.

“Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America employees continue to focus their efforts on delivering quality caring every day,” said PMMA President and CEO Bruce Shogren. “The High Performing designation confirms their good work.”

This is the 10th consecutive year Lawrence Presbyterian Manor has appeared on the U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes List.

Aberdeen Village (Olathe), Manor of the Plains (Dodge City), and Wichita in Kansas and Aberdeen Heights (Kirkwood) in Missouri were named High Performing in the Short-Term Rehabilitation category.

To learn more about the U.S. News and World Report rating system, visit their FAQ page.

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