The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that four Pennsylvania nursing homes have earned the state’s new “Award for Excellence in Health Care Compliance” – and one of those facilities is here in Schuylkill County.
The Schuylkill Center in Pottsville was honored with the award, alongside The Meadows at Shannondell (Montgomery County), Foulkeways at Gwynedd (Montgomery County), and Pennsylvania Hospital Skilled Care Center (Philadelphia). According to a press release by the PA Department of Health, the new award recognizes homes that excel in complying with state regulations.
“We feel it’s important to inform the public of those facilities that go above and beyond the rest,” said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Eli N. Avila. “We hope to inspire other nursing homes to strive to earn this award in future years.”
The Department of Health’s Division of Nursing Care Facilities is responsible for licensing and oversight of 713 nursing homes in the state. About 5,000 inspections are done annually, including licensure and certification surveys, follow-up surveys, and complaint investigations.
The award-winning homes had no state citations over the last three calendar years based on annula health survey inspections.
We applaud the hard work of the staff and administration of The Schuylkill Center and we thank them for the award-winning care they provide to our elderly county residents.