Colonial Center has received a Five-Star Quality Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This is the highest rating a skilled nursing center can achieve and is based on 18 clinical quality measurements for long-term and short-term nursing care resident stays, staffing measurements, and the last three years annual health inspections.
The CMS Five-Star Quality Rating allows residents and their families an easy way to assess nursing home quality and to provide the necessary information to find the right center for their needs. The ratings are made available through Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website: www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare.
For Trudy Erickson, executive director of Colonial Center, each day starts and ends with a focus on quality care. Recognized in 2016 with a Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association, Colonial Center is delighted to celebrate yet another achievement. The Five-Star Quality Rating is only awarded to the top 10 percent of skilled nursing centers in Wisconsin.
"Providing quality care is at the heart of what we do. From the clinical care programs to our daily interdisciplinary team meetings, we look at individual residents to assess their progress and opportunities for improvement. As the clinical needs for seniors evolve, our team identifies areas to improve resident care. This has resulted in organizing community-wide quality committees in areas such as bariatric care and reviewing the transitions process from hospital to Colonial Center and then to home health," said Executive Director Trudy Erickson.
It's this commitment to resident care that has allowed Colonial Center to achieve CMS Five-Star status both overall and in quality measures.
One person interested in continuing the CMS Five-Star Quality Rating is Megan Duda, the director of nursing at Colonial Center who joined in December 2016. Megan will be visiting area hospitals in the coming months to discuss new care initiatives such as telehealth services with Marshfield Clinic and Colonial Center's new cardiac care program.
"At the end of the day, providing excellent care for each resident is our intent. Quality awards and the CMS Five-Star Quality Rating are indicators of that intention. Our focus in achieving a Silver – Commitment to Quality Award in 2017 is rooted in continuous process improvement and best practices that strengthen our staff's skills," continued Erickson.
As the center progresses, so does the design of the building. Colonial Center recently completed a renovation to the hallways, therapy gym, and nurses' stations that including new flooring, lighting, and artwork.
Colonial Center will be celebrating their CMS Five-Star Quality Rating and recent renovation on March 15, 2017, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a community-wide open house.