Northern Mahaska Specialty Care in Oskaloosa received a rating of 4 out 5 in the U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 Nursing Home Finder report released last month. The report uses existing federal nursing home rating information and federally reported health care data to come up with their own rating system. Criteria such as annual state survey results, medical quality measures, staffing levels and rehabilitation outcomes are all formulated to reach the rating. More than 15,000 skilled nursing facilities in the United States were reviewed.
This recognition is in addition to Northern Mahaska Specialty Care’s 2017 deficiency-free survey from the state of Iowa’s Department of Inspections and Appeals. Administrator Tabitha Tjaden says the caring environment the staff provide every day is the reason for their success. “We have such a great staff who take pride in what they do and how they care for our residents. Receiving deficiency free surveys, quality awards or being named a top nursing home by U.S. News and World Report’s Nursing Home Finder are achievements based on certain measurements. We don’t receive those distinctions unless we meet high standards. It’s our caring staff who make the difference.”
Northern Mahaska Specialty Care is a non-profit, 79-bed skilled nursing facility offering rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care, long term care and hospice care. Its parent organization is Care Initiatives, which proudly serves over 3,000 Iowans through 44 skilled nursing care locations, eight assisted living locations, three senior housing apartment locations, and six hospice office locations.
Care Initiatives, based in West Des Moines, Iowa is committed to providing compassionate care for Iowans through all of life’s health transitions.