May 13, 2015
Good Shepherd Again Ranked One of the Nation’s Top Nursing Homes
U.S. News & World Report Awards a Perfect Five Stars
For the seventh consecutive year, Good Shepherd Nursing Home has earned a perfect five-star rating from U.S. News and World Report. Administrator Donald R. Kirsch said the magazine has rated Good Shepherd as one of America’s Top Nursing Homes every year since it began ranking healthcare facilities.
Good Shepherd was the only Wheeling nursing home and one of only a handful of facilities within the tri-state area to achieve five stars. Only about 20 percent of the 16,000 facilities rated by U.S. News earned this top rating. In addition, Good Shepherd’s rating is unique in the fact that it is not part of a larger nursing home chain, Mr. Kirsch said. “Nursing Home chain facilities have a larger number of specialized personnel and greater financial resources to deal with the overwhelming number of regulatory requirements with which nursing homes must comply.”
Nursing home rankings are based the health inspections conducted by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, nurse staffing and other quality measures. Mr. Kirsch said the ratings demonstrate clearly the excellent care that Good Shepherd employees provide to residents. “Every day our staff go above and beyond what their jobs entail,” he said. “They genuinely care about our residents, and work to see that they receive the best possible care.”
Mr. Kirsch said he is very proud of Good Shepherd’s staff and the five star rating the facility has received, but encouraged families considering nursing home care to look at more than just the ratings. “The U.S. News rankings are an important tool that consumers can use in selecting a nursing home, but we think it’s just as important to talk with residents, their families and staff at any facility that you’re considering,” he said. “The clinical data combined with the experience of people who live and work at the nursing home will provide a good basis for comparison.”
In addition to the skilled care offered by the excellent Good Shepherd staff and their own physicians, residents receive care from psychiatrists, podiatrists, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other specialists. They also enjoy a range of activities and amenities that significantly enhance their quality of life.
Mass is celebrated daily in the lovely Good Shepherd chapel by the chaplain in residence, a Marist priest, and nondenominational Protestant worship services are held every Thursday. Breakfast is served in residents’ rooms. Patients can choose to eat lunch and dinner in their rooms as well, or eat with friends in the beautifully appointed dining room. Daily activities include bingo, cards, newspaper reading and exercise classes. Residents can attend musical programs which are held often at Good Shepherd, and participate in a number of off-site activities such as baseball games and trips to area parks.
Good Shepherd Nursing Home is a private, nonprofit nursing home established in 1970 to provide long-term care and services to aged residents of West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle and contiguous counties in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. It is part of a continuum of senior living options that includes independent living, assisted living and long-term skilled care offered by the non-profit Welty Home for the Aged, Inc. The system includes Bertha Welty Apartments, Clara Welty Apartments, The Welty Home, the Braddock Apartments and the new Welty Village courtyard homes currently under construction in Wheeling. The Welty Corporation is part of the healthcare ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.