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Business briefs - Sept. 1

September 01, 2013

Keystone Health

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Keystone Health recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with its national standards for health care quality and safety. 

Keystone Health underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in May. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Keystone for compliance with standards of care, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. 

During the survey, Keystone also was seeking Patient Centered Medical Home Level 1 certification, which it achieved. That certification focuses on patients and addressing their health goals.

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Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village

BOONSBORO — Families with loved ones at Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village gave the facility high ratings for its quality of care, a 2013 state survey determined.  

The annual polling of families affiliated with 222 Maryland nursing homes also gave the Boonsboro facility other top marks.

 On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the best possible rating, Fahrney-Keedy residents’ families and caregivers gave the facility an 8.9 on quality of care, while those at other homes gave them ratings averaging 8.3.

Overall care was one topic in a survey the Maryland Health Care Commission sent to families or other primary responsible parties of residents at state nursing homes. The questionnaire asked 25 questions about five aspects of a resident’s life and care. 

On a four-point scale, Fahrney-Keedy’s score in each area is listed first, followed by the score given statewide:

• Staff and administration, 3.8; 3.7

• Care provided to residents, 3.7; 3.5 

• Food and meals, 3.6; 3.5

• Autonomy and resident rights, 3.7; 3.5

• Physical aspects of the nursing home, 3.5; 3.4

Asked whether they would recommend the facility to others, 91 percent of families/responsible parties surveyed said they would. This compares to 90 percent of families recommending other homes statewide.

 The state’s survey included only families of residents who had been in their respective nursing homes for 100 days or more when the questionnaires were sent.

Seventy-six surveys were issued to families or primary caregivers of Fahrney-Keedy residents. Respondents sent back 58 surveys, for a return rate of 76 percent. Statewide, 59 percent of families or primarily responsible persons surveyed at other nursing homes did so.

Each nursing home surveyed was placed in three “peer groups” according to location in state, number of beds and profit or nonprofit status. Fahrney-Keedy’s groups were Western Maryland, 81 to 120 beds, and nonprofit.

In four of the five general topics surveyed, Fahrney-Keedy’s scores were equal to or higher than the highest average score among all the groupings. Only in “physical aspects” did the Fahrney-Keedy score (3.5) fall short of a group performance, where nonprofits scored a 3.6.

A continuing-care retirement community, Fahrney-Keedy is along Md. 66 a few miles west of Boonsboro.  

For more information, call Deborah Haviland, director of marketing, at 301-671-5038; or Linda Reed, director of admissions, at 301-671-5007.

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