For the second year in a row,
US News and World Report has designated St. John’s Living Center as a “Best Nursing
Home.” St. John's Living Center received this designation in
both categories, Short-TermRehabilitation and Long-Term Care, an accomplishment achieved by only 3%
of the over 15,000 nursing homes in the country.
"We have a synergy that pushes us to redefine what life in a nursing
home looks and feels like. This recent award is a testament that we are
headed in the right direction,” said Malenda Hoelscher, executive
director of senior living at St. John’s Living Center and 40-year
veteran of the health care field.
"The Living Center has a rare culture that is a result of a team that
goes beyond our nurses and aides to include our partners in housekeeping,
pharmacy, dining, maintenance, therapy, and, of course, our residents
and families. With the ongoing regulatory changes, the work this team
does is truly remarkable in assuring that our residents are loved and
cared for in an environment that is engaging and resident-centered."
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380,
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S MEDICAL CENTER
St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service
hospital, primary care, and specialty physician practices, and a long-term
care Living Center.
ABOUT US NEWS NURSING HOME RATINGS
Significant updates for the 2019-20 U.S. News Best Nursing Home ratings include:
U.S. News introduced a new approach to calculate the Overall Rating which
now incorporates the Short-Term Rehabilitation Rating and Long-Term Care
Rating from each Nursing Home in order to generate an overall score. This is the first year that the Best Nursing Homes ratings have not relied
on domain star rating data from the Nursing Home Compare website by the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
U.S. News continues to emphasize staffing level and consistency. Because U.S. News believes that quality and safety depend on adequate nursing
levels, U.S. News analyzed the percentage of days where federal standards
for registered nurse staffing hours were met.
Patient and resident outcomes factored heavily in the 2019-20 ratings. The results a nursing home achieves
– including how often short-term patients successfully return home and how
often long-term residents require hospital care
– are among the most important and most reliable quality measures available
according to the U.S. News methodology. The ratings give them considerable weight.
In 2018, U.S. News developed a Short-Term Rehabilitation Rating that assesses
the performance of skilled nursing facilities in post-acute care. For
2019-20, 13,683 facilities received a Short-Term Rating, while only 2,250
homes earned a High-Performing Rating. This year the Short-Term Rehabilitation
Ratings newly incorporate several measures of quality, including consistency
of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in
All measures in both ratings were developed from publicly available data
from the CMS as of August 2019. For more information about this year's
updates and new rating, please refer to the