Tricounty News

Hilltop Care Center recognized by U.S. News & World Report

Hilltop Care Center, Watkins, Minn., has received a high ranking of five stars overall in the U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Nursing Homes report. U.S. News's Best Nursing Homes recognizes top-rated homes in all

50 states and offers important guidance to families and healthcare providers caring for people in need of a nursing home.

U.S. News's evaluation of nursing homes is based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer website run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The government agency sets and enforces standards for nursing homes that provide 24-hour nursing care and other medical services. Homes earn an overall rating of one to five stars, as well as up to five stars in each of three underlying categories: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care.

Of more than 15,500 homes rated and profiled, Hilltop Care Center was among the fewer than 1 in 8 that received a five-star overall rating in all four quarters of 2011.

"Hilltop Care Center takes great pride in their facility and the total well being of each and every resident. From nursing care to social activities, dietary, housekeeping and maintenance, a five-star rating requires a total team effort," said Annette Schroeder, Director of Nursing for Hilltop Care Center.

Hilltop Care Center, Watkins is a 50-bed skilled nursing facility with more than 35 years of caring for seniors and an entity of the Paynesville Area Health Care System.