Good Shepherd Nursing Home Earns Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s Highest Rating

By Tim Bishop

WHEELING—Good Shepherd Nursing Home LC (GSNH) has once again been awarded a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the highest rating possible for a nursing home in the country. The recent rating is GSNH’s fifth consecutive five-star rating. Good Shepherd Administrator Don Kirsch said that he is proud of the facility’s latest achievement. “In addition to achieving five-star status on our most recent health inspection,” he said, “we have maintained five-star status on a continuous basis since Medicare introduced the star rating system in the fall of 2008.  This too represents a tremendous accomplishment on the part of our staff, our directors and our home.”

The CMS uses ratings in three areas to come up with an overall rating. The three areas are health inspections, staffing and quality measures. According to the CMS, many nursing homes vary in the quality of care and services they provide to their residents. These ratings help measure the quality of each nursing home. Homes with five stars are considered to have much above average quality care for its residents. Kirsch said the five-star rating shows GSNH’s commitment to the Ohio Valley. “To achieve five-star status in a 192-resident facility with 240 employees, coupled with the myriad of federal and state regulations governing nursing homes represents a total team effort from every staff member and every department of the home,” Kirsch said. “I commend our staff members and our board of directors for their tireless efforts on behalf of our residents and our home.”

West Virginia is home to 126 licensed nursing homes, with only 15 rated as five-star facilities—GSNH is the largest facility to achieve that status. There are only six five-star facilities in the Ohio Valley. Kirsch said both he and the staff at GSNH feel blessed to be in such elite company. “We thank our residents and their family members who have placed their trust in us, and we will continue to work hard to maintain their trust,” he said.

Good Shepherd Nursing Home LC provides quality skilled nursing care for residents in a comfortable environment.  Good Shepherd is the largest nonprofit facility of its kind in West Virginia, as well as being one of the lowest cost nursing facilities in the Ohio Valley.

GSNH offers care for up to 192 residents. The Good Shepherd philosophy involves treating each resident with respect and compassion. The caring and friendly staff provides physical and mental stimulation suitable to each resident to foster and promote the overall wellbeing of each resident.

Good Shepherd has a staff of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nurse assistants on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The staff works closely with individual residents’ physicians to provide the best care possible for each resident.

Good Shepherd offers physical, speech and occupational therapy five days a week to residents in need of rehabilitative and/or restorative services. The facility also provides social workers who assist residents and their families with financial counseling, adjustment issues and daily matters.