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The recent announcement that Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and Masonic Home Shelbyville both were rated 5-star nursing homes was a significant moment for our community.
You surely know that nursing homes are among the most scrutinized and criticized of our health-related facilities. There is a terrible legacy of neglect and corruption in homes across America, and we as citizens always are concerned that our loved ones are well taken care of in their moments of greatest need.
And now the respected U.S. News & World Report has in its chosen list of best facilities included both JHS and Masonic among the best, an honor that was bestowed on slightly more than 10 percent of the 16,000-plus nursing homes in America.
Deborah Finneran of Masonic Home acknowledged that she believes the method for evaluating homes could be improved, but she embraced this award for the accomplishment that it was.
We agree with Ms. Finneran that we always must be evaluating facilities with the idea that every one of them should be the best, not just a chosen few. Five-star should be an attainable goal for all.
Crestview of Shelbyville also was rated by the magazine, receiving three stars overall but five stars for its quality of patient care, which to us would seem by far the most important category.
We were impressed by the showing of these three facilities and look forward to the next evaluation, when we hope that all our nursing homes are evaluated and shown to be superior.
For now, we believe the folks at JHS and Masonic should take very large bows for very loud applause.