Puyallup’s nursing and rehab facility, Life Care Center of South Hill, has been named a 2018-2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Home for Short-Term Rehab.

“This is an honor because it recognizes all of the hard work and dedication of each and every South Hill associate,” Justin Polson, executive director at the center, said in a statement. “They are the ones who work the countless hours, nights, weekends, and holidays. They sacrifice important life events to care for the patients of Life Care Center of South Hill. I am extremely humbled and grateful to be a part of a very special group of healthcare professionals.”

This year, the publication changed how it lists its ratings. Centers around the country were rated in an Overall category, and those that offer short-term rehabilitation were rated in an additional category — Short-Stay Rehab. According to Mark White, vice president of specialty marketing at U.S. News, “Only 19 percent of U.S. nursing homes earned at least one badge; some earned both.”

The Short-Stay Rehab category takes into account staffing, outcomes, resident complaints, processes of care, vaccination percentages, nursing staff training, and other measures.

The facility is also ranked at five out of five stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Founded in 1976, Life Care Centers of America is a nationwide health care company. Based in Cleveland, Tenn., Life Care manages more than 200 nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states.


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