SPRINGFIELD, IL – Today, the Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA) praised a select group of local, long term and post-acute care providers for being named among the country’s “Best Nursing Homes” by U.S. News & World Report. The annual announcement reflects a growth in “Best Nursing Homes,” from 159 to 167 in Illinois compared to 2013.

“Illinois is fortunate to have these 167 skilled nursing facilities that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to their residents,” said IHCA Executive Director David Voepel.  “Behind the increasing number of ‘Best Nursing Homes’ are improvements in clinical care and nurses spending more time with residents, all of which means a better quality of life for seniors and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

U.S. News determines its annual rankings through data collected from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The federal agency assigns each nursing center certified by the government a rating of one to five stars through its Five-Star Rating System. U.S. News names all those with a five-star rating a “Best Nursing Home.” For more information on how the rankings are determined, please visit: http://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.

IHCA congratulates all of the facilities noted by U.S. News to be the “Best Nursing Homes” in 2014, especially those IHCA member facilities that were recognized. Petersen Health Care facilities included in the list are as follow:

Farmer City Rehab & Health Care – Farmer City, IL
Kewanee Care Home – Kewanee, IL
McLeansboro Rehabilitation & Health Care Center – McLeansboro, IL
Nokomis Rehabilitation & Health Care Center – Nokomis, IL
Rosiclare Rehabilitation & Health Care Center – Rosiclare, IL

While the “Best Nursing Homes” of 2014 celebrates those nursing centers that have earned a five-star ranking by the federal government, IHCA reminds consumers that rankings are not a precise indicator of whether a center is right for an individual needing care.

“Our loved ones’ care is too important to leave to a search on the internet,” Voepel added. “Nursing centers across Illinois are providing excellent care, and you can see it when you walk through the doors. Visiting a nursing center is really the best way to decide the appropriate fit for each individual requiring long term or post-acute care.”

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The Illinois Health Care Association is a non-profit organization comprised of nearly 400 licensed and certified long term care facilities and programs throughout the state. Its members are comprised of proprietary and non-proprietary facilities which represent skilled, intermediate, developmentally disabled, skilled pediatric, assisted living and sheltered levels of care. IHCA seeks to promote the highest standard of services in facilities and programs for the elderly and physically and mentally challenged.