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Fairfield Memorial Hospital Skilled Care Unit Named Among America’s “Best Nursing Homes” by U.S. News & World Report

Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Care Unit is again among a group of local, long term and post-acute care providers that has been named among the country’s “Best Nursing Homes” by U.S. News & World Report. Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Care Unit was named on the 2015 Best Nursing Homes list with an overall 5 star rating for the fourth year running.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are built on data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer website run by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS sets and enforces standards for all nursing homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. (For government purposes, a nursing home is defined as a Medicare or Medicaid facility that provides 24-hour nursing care and other medical services.) The data for Nursing Home Compare come from regular health inspections carried out by state agencies and from the homes themselves. Based on that information, CMS assigns an overall rating of one to five stars to all nursing homes. Homes are also given one to five stars in how well they do in the health inspections, in providing enough nurses, and providing a high level of quality of care.

“The honor of being named on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Nursing Homes, for the fourth year in a row, is a testament to the continued quality of care our team of professionals on the Skilled Care Unit provides residents. This recognition is a result of the compassionate care that is provided to the patients and residents. The Skilled Care Unit team is a solid group of professionals who not only care about their patients, but also have a passion to serve others,” stated Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Katherine Bunting-Williams, Ph.D., LNHA.


The Skilled Care Unit at Fairfield Memorial Hospital provides short-term skilled care nursing and services to those who require medical care, nursing care, and/or rehabilitation services. Under the direction of the patient’s physician, the FMH Skilled Care Unit provides: 24-hour pharmacy services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, skilled nursing services, medication, blood transfusion, wound care, discharge planning, and daily activities.  Skilled Care is available to all Medicare, private pay, and private insured, patients.


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:


Skilled Care Unit Director, Carol Anne Greenwood, RN, BSN reflects on receiving the honor, “The care and love that my team has for our residents is reflected in this honor. We all connect with residents and feel they are part of our family.  We sincerely enjoy our jobs and love the residents we care for.  The Skilled Care Unit is equipped with multitalented team members who deliver care in a friendly home atmosphere and who have critical nursing skills to ensure the most advanced care is delivered. I believe the passion each team member has raised the standard of care and that is why we have been recognized.  We continually improve the unit through the support and direction of our Administrative Team and Board of Directors.”

Pictured are the employees who serve on Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Care Unit with their award for being named among the country’s “Best Nursing Homes” by U.S. News & World Report.

Best Nursing Home Skilled Care Unit Team 2015 cropped

Front row: Samantha Lee, CNA; Retha Easton, CNA; Chelsea Racster, CNA; Kari Zurliene, PTA; Kelsey Harris, COTA; Ashley Carson, LSW; Whitney Buckles, RD, LDN; Brooke Robertson, CNA


Middle Row: Sandy Harrawood, CNA: Carrie Reeves, CNA; Shana Carter, CNA; Lisa Henson, RN; Lucina Eastep, CNA; Carol Anne Greenwood, RN, BSN; Sara Shelton; Kathy Cropper, Keshia Nichols, RN;


Back Row: Belinda Moore, RN; Judy Jelley, Jane Bailey, RN; Gina Lemond, RN; Zach Meritt, PTA; Erin Phillips, RN; April Best, M.S. CCC-SLP; Mavis Aslinger, OTR/L


Not available for photo: Krystle Barbre, CNA; Caelyn Musgrave, CNA; Girlie Moats, CNA; Trina Troyer, CNA; Cecilia Longbons, RN; Debbie Anderson, LPN; and Karen Cline; Bonnie Catton


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