Oak Hill celebrates another five-star rating

Oak Hill residents and staff recently celebrated the facility’s inclusion in U.S. News and World Report’s list of “America’s Best Nursing Homes” with a five-star rating. Pictured, front row, from left, are Carla Deterding, Helen Sondag (resident), Mike Deptula, Ruth Schmidt (resident) and Kay Floarke; top row: Stephanie Bastien, Elizabeth Smith, Rhonda Hooten, Christina Beggs, Kathy Goodman, Kim Keckritz and Christy Brinkmann. All staff pictured are on Oak Hill’s Spirit Committee, which helps plan events for staff morale. (submitted photo)

Oak Hill elder care facility in Waterloo maintained its five-star rating from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. This resulted in Oak Hill once again being recognized for receiving the highest possible overall rating in U.S. News & World Report’s sixth annual “Best Nursing Homes” report.

Oak Hill also received a five-star rating last year.

Oak Hill is the only skilled nursing facility in Monroe, Randolph or St. Clair counties, with the exception of Memorial Care Center in Belleville, to receive this rating.

Information about the rankings of nursing facilities throughout the U.S. and additional resources about choosing a nursing facility can be found at www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare.

U.S. News & World Report‘s “Best Nursing Homes” report draws on data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories — health inspections, level of nurse staffing and quality of care — and gives each an overall rating.

Oak Hill administrator Kim Keckritz commended the facility’s staff for its outstanding care and services that are provided at Oak Hill, which resulted in this rating.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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