Nazareth Home has been recognized for their excellence in care by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Nazareth Home and Nazareth Home Clifton were two among the top four skilled-nursing facilities in the Louisville area awarded a Medicare bonus by CMS for reducing hospital readmission rates.
The CMS program, Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP), focuses on better outcomes and the quality of care given to people with Medicare. Organizations are measured on how often patients are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days after being discharged to a skilled nursing facility.
“Our short stay Medicare program has delivered top of the class outcomes for quite a few years now due to the excellent team of medical, nursing and therapy providers,” said Mary Haynes, president and CEO of Nazareth Home. “We are committed to recovering patients and getting them home as soon as possible.”
In addition to the national recognition, both Nazareth Home campuses were recently recognized by the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) at their Annual Quality Awards Banquet.
For the second year in a row, KAHCF honored Nazareth Home with three awards for their outstanding commitment to quality care and leadership. Nazareth Home and Nazareth Home Clifton were recognized as “Best of Kentucky – Nursing and Rehabilitation,” Jessica Klausing, with Nazareth Home Clifton, was recognized as “Best Nursing Care,” and Dr. Bonnie Lazor, Medical Director at Nazareth Home, was recognized as “Best Health Care Partner.”
“We are honored to receive three Best of Kentucky awards, and are proud of the expertise our care team brings to elders on a daily basis,” said Haynes.
Nazareth Home was also recognized at LeadingAge Kentucky’s annual conference with two awards. Nazareth Home volunteer, Anita Fitzgibbon, received the 2018 Adult Volunteer Award and Nazareth Home Clifton received the 2018 Innovation Award for their Opioid Project.
This program provides non-opioid options and other alternatives for pain relief along with the use of pain medications. A “Comfort Menu” was established that provides alternative options for chronic pain such as lavender essential oil, hand massages or a relaxing sound machine. Since implementing this program, Nazareth Home Clifton has seen a decrease in the percentage of residents with prescriptions for opioid pain medication, a decrease in residents’ indicators of pain and a decrease in incontinence caused by opioid use.
Haynes credits the employees of Nazareth Home and Nazareth Home Clifton with their recent accomplishments, “Our success is due to the research and commitment of our team to bring the absolute best standard of care to the people we serve.”