UC Health’s Skilled Nursing Facility Achieves Five-Star Rating

Jun. 12, 2019

The skilled nursing facility at the Daniel Drake Center has received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Skilled Nursing Facility - Daniel Drake Center

“This is a testament to the hard work and patient-centered focus of the entire skilled nursing team and Daniel Drake Center departments that care for our patients and families,” said Lafe Bauer, vice president and chief administrative officer for the Daniel Drake Center.

Skilled nursing facilities help patients further their rehabilitation and recuperation after hospitalization. They support a patient’s continued recovery through skilled nursing and/or therapy services until they can be safely discharged back to their homes or the community.

The overall star rating is based on a skilled nursing or long-term care facility’s performance in three distinct areas: quality measure performance, staffing ratios and results of health inspection visits.

  • Quality measures assess a skilled nursing facility’s performance in 16 categories, all of which gauge the facility’s quality of care versus all other skilled nursing facilities across the nation. These measures include frequency of hospital readmissions, incidence of patient falls and improvement in resident mobility.

  • Staffing ratios at the Daniel Drake Center’s skilled nursing facility exceed the state and national averages in order to deliver exceptional care to patients. The high ratios also allow the facility to care for patients with significantly greater acuity and complexity that most skilled nursing facilities in the region simply cannot effectively care for.

  • Health inspection measures are based on a skilled nursing facility’s performance in the past three years of health inspection surveys as well as complaint survey visits.

As a member of UC Health, the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care has served Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for more than 165 years. It is the region’s premier provider of post-acute and transitional care services, offering a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services including medically complex care, skilled nursing, assisted living, wellness services and research. The Daniel Drake Center helps patients recover from catastrophic injury and illness including multi-system organ failure, complex wound care, traumatic brain injury, stroke and spinal cord injury. It offers a comprehensive care continuum and a variety of services to help patients throughout their recovery.