Sanford Chamberlain Care Center ranks high in US News

Homes receive an overall rating of one to five stars from the government.

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Washington D.C. – February 8, 2011– Sanford Chamberlain Care Center has received a high ranking of five stars overall in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 Best Nursing Homes, available online at

The rankings highlight facilities across the nation providing high-quality care and are a worthwhile tool for millions of elderly Americans and their families in search of a nursing home.

U.S. News’s Best Nursing Homes profiles more than 15,000 facilities and ranks them by state, using data and quality ratings from the federal government. The rankings are updated quarterly.

The rankings rely on information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces quality standards for all homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. Homes receive an overall rating of one to five stars from the government based on the number of stars earned in three other categories: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care.

Sanford Chamberlain Care Center Administrator Jacob Suckow said, “Our staff works to create a comfortable home for all of our residents. We listen to our resident’s voices, and our staff, some of South Dakota’s finest caregivers, consistently provide for their needs while abiding by state and federal guidelines. We are truly committed to resident-centered care and creating a homelike environment.”

Facilities that ranked highest in Best Nursing Homes 2011 earned overall five-star ratings. Only about one home in seven met this standard. U.S. News’s Honor Roll highlights 18 homes that received five-star ratings in all three categories in which homes are judged. Honor Roll nursing homes not only got five stars overall, but achieved a perfect 15 stars for four consecutive quarters.

“Choosing a nursing home for your parent or loved one is incredibly difficult,” says Avery Comarow, Health Rankings Editor at U.S. News & World Report. “Homes at the top of our rankings have repeatedly shown high quality and deserve consideration.”

About Sanford Chamberlain

Sanford Chamberlain includes a hospital and clinics in Chamberlain and Kennebec and the Sanford Chamberlain Care Center. Sanford Chamberlain is a 25-bed facility that employs nearly 200 people. Founded in 1907, Sanford Chamberlain is dedicated to providing the best healthcare services to the Tri-County area of Brule, Buffalo and Lyman Counties. Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD and Fargo, ND and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford Health is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation.

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