For the fourth consecutive year, the D. Scott Hudgens Center for Skilled Nursing of Annandale Village has received the prestigious “five-star” ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Nursing Homes”, released today. Of more than 16,000 nursing homes in the United States, the Center ranked highest among all nursing homes in the state of Georgia, and is ranked among the top one-percent of all nursing homes in the United States.
More impressively, despite the large number of nursing homes in Georgia, The D. Scott Hudgens Center for Skilled Nursing is the only skilled nursing facility in Georgia dedicated solely to the unique needs of, or has the specialized resources to adequately care for aging adults with developmental disabilities. Characteristically, individuals served at the Center have a primary diagnosis of an intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, other developmental disability, or have experienced a traumatic brain injury.
“It is, once again, an outstanding achievement for Annandale Village to receive top honors, assuring that our residents are receiving the highest level of care. The five star rating speaks not only to the quality of clinical care we provide, but to the compassion and commitment of our dedicated staff in serving adults with developmental disabilities,” said Adam Pomeranz, chief executive officer of Annandale Village.
Options in nursing care for adults with developmental disabilities are so limited Annandale Village has operated at full-capacity for the past four years. However, Annandale Village has boldly planned for a new decade of service to serve the expanding disability population. Pomeranz explains, “We have recently completed the construction of a new care center, the Amy Somers Center for Continued Care, to meet the needs of individuals experiencing a decrease in independent living skills due to aging and/or characteristics of their disability. In addition, we have begun renovation to expand the D. Scott Hudgens Center for Skilled Nursing to effectively double the number of individuals we are currently capable of serving. We anticipate being able to open the additional beds to new residents at the beginning of summer.”
Brandi Meadows, Annandale’s newly appointed Skilled Nursing Administrator of the D. Scott Hudgens Center for Skilled Center added, “We are thrilled to be able to soon accept new admissions into our nationally recognized center. Being able to call families that have been on our waiting list, several for years, to let them know we now have space available for their loved one is incredibly rewarding. Knowing that our professional staff has the specialized skills to provide quality care and to meet the unique needs of men and women with disabilities is a primary factor families choose the skilled nursing center of Annandale Village to care for their loved one.”
U.S. News and World Report’s evaluation of nursing homes is based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer website run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The government agency sets and enforces standards for nursing homes (defined as facilities or portions of facilities enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid that provide 24-hour nursing care and other medical services). Homes earn an overall rating of one to five stars, as well as up to five stars in each of three underlying categories: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care. U.S. News updates each nursing home’s ratings data quarterly.