Mercy Circle, a continuing care retirement community in Mt. Greenwood, earned a rating of High Performing for excellence in short-term rehabilitation from U.S. News & World Report.
The 12th edition of the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes combines comprehensive information about care, COVID-19 vaccination requirements for residents and staff, flu and pneumonia vaccination rates, and infection control statistics. The selection methodology includes an emphasis on communities meeting certain standards of patient safety, including staff COVID-19 vaccination rates.
Mercy Circle earned highest marks for resident safety with 100 percent compliance regarding residents vaccinated against the spread of COVID-19 and influenza. After FDA approval of the vaccines, Mercy Circle became one of the first continuing care retirement centers in Chicago to mandate the vaccination for all staff.
Additional high performance factors include the percentage of short-term rehab patients who can return home after discharge, percentage of residents who go to the emergency room during their stay and fall prevention programs.
“U.S. News takes pride in providing relevant, up-to-date information when making any sort of health care decision,” said Zach Adams, health data engineer at U.S. News. “This important information can help families, residents and caregivers make a decision that keeps safety and accessibility at the highest priority.”
For 2021-22, U. S. News & World Report rated 13,500 facilities providing short-term rehab, but only 1,651 earned a High Performing rating; 74 of them are in Illinois.
“We are proud of our excellent team of physical, speech and occupational therapists, nurses, nursing assistants, and, in fact, the entire team at Mercy Circle. They assist our residents with care and professionalism,” said Mercy Circle executive director Frances Lachowicz. “While this national recognition is gratifying, our real reward comes from seeing our residents recover to live their fullest life.”
Mercy Circle is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community with a no-entrance-fee policy. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 773-253-3600 or visit MercyCircle.org.