DeGraff Memorial’s Skilled Nursing Facility Ranked Among "America’s Best Nursing Homes" by US News & World Report

Released: 1/27/2010

DeGraff Memorial Hospital, a Kaleida Health facility, received recognition for its skilled nursing program in US News and World Report as one of “America’s Best Nursing Homes.”

The “America’s Best Nursing Homes” designation is an honor given to only 173 of the 15,500 skilled nursing programs nationwide. DeGraff was one of just two named in Western New York and 10 in New York State.

“To be ranked in the top 173 of 15,500 skilled nursing programs in the nation is a remarkable accomplishment and a true testimony to the value DeGraff Memorial Hospital brings to our community,” said Christina Khushalani, administrator of the 80-bed nursing home, which includes 60 long-term care and 20 acute rehabilitation beds. 

To help consumers find the best choice from among the nation’s 15,500 skilled nursing facilities, US News and World Report ranks nursing homes on a quarterly basis and places the best on its Honor Roll—those achieving a perfect five-star rating for all four quarters.

DeGraff’s skilled nursing program achieved a five-star rating overall—the highest possible rating after the Honor Roll. The hospital scored a five-star rating for the 1st, 2nd and 4th quarters, scoring four stars in the 3rd quarter.

“Our loved ones deserve top-notch care through every cycle of life, illness and injury,” said James R. Kaskie, president and chief executive officer, Kaleida Health. “We’ve always known that DeGraff provides the long-term and rehabilitative care that makes it a leader in its community. Now the nation is aware of it as well.  I could not be more proud.”

The U.S. News rankings rely on Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

CMS analyzes information on all homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid (other than about 150 too new to provide data) and gives them ratings of one to five stars overall. The homes also receive ratings of one to five stars in each of three areas: health inspections, nurse staffing, and measures of care.

Nursing homes like DeGraff that accept Medicare or Medicaid residents are regulated by both the federal government and the state in which they operate. Survey teams conduct inspections every 12 to 15 months at the direction of CMS, and they are also responsible for investigating any health-related complaints about the nursing home’s care, staff and environment.

US News and World Report’s “America’s Best Nursing Home Honor Roll” and the CMS Five-Star quality rating system help consumers, their families and caregivers easily review and compare nursing homes. The ranking system gives consumers a quick “snapshot” of a skilled nursing program’s quality of care and services. 

For more information about US News’s Honor Roll visit www.usnews.com or for information about the CMS ratings visit www.medicare.gov and select “nursing home compare.” For information about DeGraff, please go to www.degraffdifference.com.

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DeGraff Memorial Hospital offers exceptional treatment by health care professionals dedicated to providing quality, compassionate, personalized care for patients with a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services.


About Kaleida Health (www.kaleidahealth.org)
Kaleida Health is the largest health care provider in Western New York. More than one million patient visits are recorded annually at the Buffalo General Hospital, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, plus the health system’s 96 clinics and community health care centers.  It also includes the Deaconess Center and Waterfront long-term care facilities, plus the nation’s oldest – and original - Visiting Nursing Association.  Kaleida Health's economic impact on Western New York exceeds $2.2 billion annually.