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US News and World Report Names Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center a 2020-21 Best Nursing Home

US News and World Report BadgeThe Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is among the 21% of U.S. skilled nursing facilities that have been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report. The Healey Center is a modern, 120-bed facility funded and operated by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County that serves eligible, adult county residents as part of the public health care system’s safety net mission.

“We take great pride that the Healey Center has received the ‘Best Nursing Homes’ designation for the second year in a row,” said Darcy J. Davis, the Health Care District’s Chief Executive Officer. “The Healey Center has an over 100-year legacy of providing a home of hope and healing for some of our county’s most vulnerable residents.”

The Healey Center in Riviera Beach, Florida earned Best Nursing Homes status by achieving a rating of “High Performing,” the highest possible rating, for Long-Term Care. U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home only to those homes that satisfy U.S. News’s assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.

“This national designation reflects the high-quality services and standard of care provided by the dedicated health care professionals at our skilled nursing home,” said Leslie B. Daniels, Health Care District Board Chair. “I congratulate the Healey Center team and administrative staff for once again receiving this exemplary recognition.”

“The Healey Center is a unique facility that serves a younger adult population than most nursing homes,” added Karen A. Harris, the Health Care District’s Vice President of Field Operations. “The average age of our residents is 61 and many have suffered traumatic injuries, strokes or debilitating illnesses. We provide a continuum of specialized care for residents to reach and maintain their highest optimum level of functional and social ability.”

Now in its 11th year, the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly all of the nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes. The Best Nursing Homes ratings reflect U.S. News’ exclusive analysis of publicly available data using a methodology defined by U.S. News that evaluates factors that it has determined most greatly impact patient and resident care, safety, and outcomes. This year, to accompany the new ratings, nursing home profile pages were updated to include a patient safety summary that reflects COVID-19 data alongside other measurements of safety and related advice on choosing a home or facility amidst the pandemic.

“U.S. News strives to provide access to information that allows consumers to make educated decisions on all types of care,” said Ben Harder, U.S. News managing editor and chief of health analysis. “Updating the profiles to include a patient safety summary that highlights COVID-19 data paired with other measures of care arms families, caregivers and patients with the information needed to make a decision that keeps safety at the highest priority.”

The Best Nursing Home finder features ratings on both long-term and short-term care. The Long-Term Care Rating aims to provide prospective residents who need help with daily activities, and their families, with analysis and information regarding the quality of care provided by nursing homes. The rating includes data on staffing, success in preventing ER visits and pneumonia vaccination rates, among other metrics. The short-term rating incorporates measures of quality including consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in preventing falls. For more information behind both U.S. News ratings please refer to the FAQ.