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PBMC Health Facilities Receive Five-Star Rating From Medicare

Originally Posted: January 14, 2013

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

Riverhead - Peconic Bay Medical Center's Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Pegasus House Palliative Care units receives a Five-Star Quality Rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), identifying the PBMC Health facilities as "much above average".

As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one of the goals of the CMS is to provide residents and their families with an assessment of nursing home quality with meaningful distinctions between high and low performing facilities. Ratings are based on health inspection surveys, staffing assessment and quality of care measures. The five star rating is the highest and most respected rating.

"Peconic Bay Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation and Pegasus House Palliative Care are extremely proud of this recognition. A five-star rating is a tremendous accomplishment and Anna Law, RN & Director of Nursing and her entire team should be congratulated for their outstanding achievement. Our highly trained interdisciplinary staff are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of care and ensuring they function to their fullest potential in a compassionate and caring environment", said Ronald McManus, Senior Vice President of Business Development.

The Peconic Bay Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is a well-resourced 60-bed facility that offers a unique combination of advanced-technology rehabilitation techniques and traditional compassionate care. The facility provides patients and residents with 24-hour medical coverage and the assurance that emergency services are only a few steps away at Peconic Bay Medical Center. With a highly trained patient-care team of expert therapists, rehabilitation specialists, nurses and support staff, the facility provides intensive, short-term care for patients recovering from surgery, illness or injury, as well as long-term care for those who can no longer manage their physical health at home.

The Pegasus House Palliative Care Center is located within the Peconic Bay Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and is a six-bed specialized unit dedicated to offering an enhanced level of pain-relief and compassionate care to patients facing challenging health issues, in the comfort of a family-friendly setting. Not limited to hospice care patients, Palliative Care can be provided to anyone across any disease spectrum. The Palliative Care Program seeks to ease pain and suffering while providing the best possible quality of life for patients afflicted with chronic or life-limiting illnesses. It embraces the patient's family, because not only are family members key to providing care and comfort to the patient, but they also are in need of compassion and comfort themselves.

"Five-Stars is the highest possible ranking reserved for a very select few nursing homes in the country and we are extremely proud of such recognition", said Andrew J. Mitchell, FACHE, President and CEO of PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center. "Being able to provide our community with a facility that exceeds the quality standards set by CMS is another affirmation of our commitment to provide quality comprehensive and compassionate care close to home."

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Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline

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