Haven of Cottonwood achieves 5-star status

Staff at the Haven of Cottonwood pose for a picture with 5 Star smiles. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Staff at the Haven of Cottonwood pose for a picture with 5 Star smiles. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

“Ecstatic,” is how Executive Director Sean Laney said he felt about receiving the 5-star rating by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS).

“This is something that all skilled nursing facilities long to have, strive for it.”

It’s accumulation of multiple years and once a facility gets it, it’s anchored in - as long as the facility keeps up the standards, Laney said.

CMS regulate all nursing homes in the country, explained Laney.

Staffing, quality measures, health inspections and three years of service go into the rating, he said.

“They come here every year and do a week-long survey and inspection,” he continued. “They inspect this place from head-to-toe.”

Haven of Cottonwood is a 70-bed facility.

“The health inspection rating contains information form the last 3 years of on-site inspections,” explains the Haven press release.

“This information is gathered by trained, objective inspectors who go onsite to the nursing home and follow a specific process to determine the extent to which a nursing home has met Medicaid and Medicare’s minimum quality requirements,” stated the release. “

Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality.”

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