Good Shepherd’s Long-Term Care Homes Again Recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 Best Nursing Homes

The Good Shepherd Home at the Conrad W. Raker Center in Allentown and the Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem each received a ranking of five stars overall in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Nursing Homes. The rankings highlight facilities across the nation providing high-quality care and focus on health inspection results, nurse staffing and quality measurements. This is the second year in a row that Good Shepherd’s two long-term care facilities have received the five-star designation.
 
Best Nursing Homes profiles more than 15,000 facilities and ranks them by state, using data and quality ratings from the federal government. Facilities that ranked highest in Best Nursing Homes 2012 earned overall five-star ratings. Only about one home in eight met this standard.
 
Since 1908, Good Shepherd has provided long-term care for people with severe neurological and physical disabilities. Today, Good Shepherd offers long-term, residential care at its two facilities that have a total of 159 beds. Unlike traditional nursing homes, Good Shepherd’s long-term care facilities are home to individuals with severe disabilities that require 24/7 nursing care. Residents of the Conrad W. Raker Center and Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem have diagnoses such as multiple sclerosis, brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury and muscular dystrophy. In 2008, Good Shepherd was named a Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Long-Term Care by the National MS Society.
 
“Having our long-term care facilities recognized by U.S. News & World Report with its highest rating confirms the quality of care we provide in our long-term facilities,” says Sally Gammon, president & CEO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. “We take great pride in the abilities of our staff, who provide skilled and compassionate care to the residents we serve at both long-term care facilities.”
 
The U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Homes rankings are compiled based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer website run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This federal 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.