Woodland Pond at New Paltz, a premier, nonprofit continuing care retirement community, is pleased to announce that it received a five-star quality rating from Medicare.gov in its Nursing Home Compare rankings, as well as a five-star rating by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Nursing Homes issue. In conjunction with this announcement, it is with great pleasure that Michelle Gramoglia, president and CEO of Woodland Pond, announces the Philip Mehl has been named director of long term care. The community’s team is excited to receive such phenomenal recognition by national programs, and pledges to strive toward continued excellence and delivery of exceptional care.
“Our five-star ratings for 2016 reflect the compassion and knowledge that our team brings with them to the community every day,” said Gramoglia. “We take great pride in the quality of life that we are able to provide to our residents. To receive this level of national recognition is exciting, especially because we have achieved this honor for three consecutive years. It is these kinds of accomplishments that have allowed us to recruit and retain an incredible team of leaders and staff. We are thrilled to welcome Philip and all that he will bring to Woodland Pond. Philip has a long track record of person-centered care, and his ability to recognize opportunities to improve the wellbeing of each and every resident is well known in our field.”
Mehl comes to Woodland Pond from Mountainside Residential Care Center, a HealthAlliance-affiliated skilled nursing facility in Margaretville, N.Y. Having earned his master’s in social work from Columbia University and New York University, Mehl used his education as a springboard to develop a career in long-term care. More than 10 years ago Philip decided to marry his passion for social work with team building and oversight by acquiring his administrator’s license. In addition to being recognized time and again with leadership awards both in New York State and at the national level, Philip has a long-time affiliation with LeadingAge New York, a long term care advocacy organization in New York. In addition to these seemingly more traditional accomplishments, Philip is a leader and an innovator in the LGBTQ community, particularly for Woodland Pond’s seniors.
“Of the many factors that help determine the five-star ranking, we did exceedingly well in Quality Measures,” said Gramoglia. “Having earned five of five stars in this category indicates that our residents receive exemplary care. We were judged on criteria such as whether or not we are effectively managing the pain of our residents, whether they had bed sores, pain or urinary tract infections, whether we have reduced risk of falls, and use of anti-psychotic medication, as well as other care-related issues. This five-star rating highlights the dedication to high-quality services provided in an incredible environment that caters to varying levels of care.”
This ranking by CMS gives Woodland Pond additional exposure, as it lists the community on the Nursing Home Compare website which allows consumers to compare information about nursing homes. It contains quality-of-care information on every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country, numbering over 15,000 nationwide. Nursing homes without Medicare or Medicaid certification are not included on Nursing Home Compare.
“To obtain this ranking, an organization needs to demonstrate that clinical staffing is above the norm, including an increased amount of coverage by registered nurses, and that quality in areas such as wound care and fall prevention are tracked,” said Gramoglia. “Caregivers, referring doctors and hospitals look for this rating when deciding if one long term care facility or rehabilitation center is right for their family member or patient. Since we recently achieved a stand-alone basis, it is imperative now more than ever that is how our results rank us higher than other communities in the region. In our case, we are unique in having achieved the five-star rating for three consecutive years, even as ranking standards have become increasingly stringent.”
Nursing Home Compare was created because healthcare facilities vary in the quality of care and services they provide to their residents in healthcare and skilled nursing services. Reviewing health inspection results, staffing data, and quality-measure data are three important ways to evaluate a community’s quality. This information gives you a snapshot of the type and quality of the care delivered to residents.
Data gathered from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides the basis for the U.S News & World Report ratings. CMS exists to help consumers, families and caregivers assess options for senior care. The data comes from regular health inspections carried out by state agencies and mandatory reporting from the residences. Communities are evaluated on several categories including health inspections, level of nurse staffing and quality of care.