June 18, 2014
GOOD SHEPHERD RANKED AS ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP NURSING HOMES
U.S. News and World Report has named Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling as one of the nation’s top nursing homes for 2014, Good Shepherd Administrator Don Kirsch announced this week. The magazine’s “Best Nursing Homes” awarded Good Shepherd the top rating of five stars, a rating the long-term care home has earned every year since U.S. News & World Report first began publishing its rankings.
Good Shepherd is part of a continuum of senior residential options that includes independent living, assisted living and long-term skilled care offered by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The system includes Bertha Welty Apartments, Clara Welty Apartments, The Welty Home, the Braddock Apartments and Good Shepherd Nursing Home, all of which were constructed thanks to a generous trust endowed by Clara Welty, the last surviving member of the Peter Welty family.
Good Shepherd was the only Wheeling facility and one of only a handful within the region to achieve the coveted five-star rating. U.S. News & World Report, which rated almost 16,000 nursing homes nationwide, made its entire report available at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.
Mr. Kirsch credits the Good Shepherd staff for maintaining the high standard of care that U.S. News & World Report documented. “We’re very proud of the efforts our staff put forward to ensure that all our residents are well cared for,” he said. “Top ratings from U.S. News & World Report, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and other federal and state government agencies let our residents and their families know that we’re doing everything we can to ensure the well-being of everyone in our care.”
In addition to the skilled care offered by the excellent Good Shepherd staff and their own physicians, patients receive care from psychiatrists, podiatrists, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other specialists.
Good Shepherd residents enjoy a range of activities and amenities that significantly enhance their quality of life. Daily Mass is celebrated 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.
U.S. News & World Report compiles reports on nursing homes every year to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home over the course of the year. “Best Nursing Homes” provides data and information on care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly every nursing facility in the U.S. A searchable database lets users find highly rated nursing homes by distance as well as by location. Each facility’s profile displays health and fire violations, performance in important clinical categories and how much time nursing staff spends with residents.
Good Shepherd Nursing Home, located at 159 Edgington Lane in Wheeling, is a private, nonprofit nursing home operated by the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston. It was 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. The 175,000 square foot building is home to 192 residents.