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Four Carroll County elder care facilities recognized for short-term rehab performance by U.S. News & World Report

Four Carroll County elder care facilities have been recognized as part of a “Best Nursing Homes” compilation done by U.S. News & World Report.

Brinton Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sykesville, Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster, Lorien Taneytown, and Lorien Health Services in Mount Airy received “High Performing” ratings for short-term rehabilitation.

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Lorien Assisted Living in Taneytown is pictured Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
Lorien Assisted Living in Taneytown is pictured Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (Dylan Slagle)

U.S. News gives the designation to homes that satisfy its assessment of appropriate use of key services and consisted quality performance.

“I think what it really means to the communities is that we have a great team program in place,” Mary Ann Costin, director of communications and public relations of Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland, said. “Oftentimes, the hospital or other organizations will refer patients to come to us for short-term rehab and it just kind of reinforces that feedback we receive from our residents and outpatients.”

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U.S. News added a short-term rehab rating to its report in 2018, evaluating patient care after a hospitalization for surgery, heart attack, stroke, injury or similar condition, according to the U.S. News website. This rating is based on 10 quality measures focusing on staffing, outcomes, resident complaints and processes of care.

This year, nursing home profile pages were updated to include a patient safety summary that reflects COVID-19 data alongside other measurements of safety and related advice on choosing a home or facility during the pandemic to accompany the new ratings.

Phase 1A of the state’s distribution plan includes vaccine distribution to residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

Carroll Lutheran Village, a retirement community in Westminster, is shown in April 2020.
Carroll Lutheran Village, a retirement community in Westminster, is shown in April 2020. (Dylan Slagle)

Carroll Lutheran Village vaccinated 272 individuals during its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the campus in mid-January. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was administered by Walgreen’s to assisted living and residents and team members of Carroll Lutheran Village’s Health Care Center, including those in long-term care and skilled nursing units.

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“The clinic went pretty smoothly,” Costin said. “We had it in our chapel area and from the time of folks getting to the chapel to actually getting the vaccine, the process went pretty smoothly. Folks were socially-distanced from one another and for that 15-minute monitoring period, so there were no real issues.”

Through Friday, Carroll Lutheran Village has had 70 resident cases of COVID-19 and 29 staff cases with 15 deaths; Brinton Woods has had 50 resident cases and 18 staff cases with 15 fatalities; Lorien Mount Airy has had 15 resident cases and 23 staff cases with zero deaths, and Lorien Taneytown has had 22 resident cases and 21 staff cases with three fatalities, according to the Carroll County Health Department website.

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