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CMH Transitional Care Unit Earns 5-Star Rating

The Transitional Care Unit (TCU) at Calvert Memorial Hospital has received an overall 5-Star rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The rating system was created to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing and rehabilitative facilities more easily. Those with five stars are considered to have much above average quality.

“We are very proud of the Transitional Care Unit staff for the outstanding care they provide to our patients,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis. “This is an important program for those who need a stepping stone in their recovery between the hospital and returning home.”

CMS is an agency of the U.S. Government Department of Health and Human Services. Stars are assigned based on data gathered from health inspections, staffing and quality measures at the facilities. The results are then combined to calculate an overall rating.

“These ratings reflect our ongoing commitment to deliver the best possible patient-centered care in a safe, pleasant and family-like environment,” said TCU Director Mathew Wheaton.

The 18-bed unit at Calvert Memorial provides “transitional” care for patients who have completed their stay in the hospital but require skilled nursing and rehabilitative services before returning home. The TCU provides rehabilitative care for patients following total joint replacement, orthopedic surgery, stroke and multiple trauma as well as medical care for those who need IV medication management, wound care or respite care.

Each patient’s plan of care is customized to their specific needs and is designed to help them return to their prior functional level as quickly as possible. According to Wheaton, Calvert’s TCU has a much higher than average registered nurse-to-patient ratio.

The highly skilled transitional care team at CMH also includes experienced physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, wound care specialists, social workers, case managers, nutritionists, pharmacists, recreation/activity therapists and physician services.

Calvert Memorial Hospital offers a full-service Transitional Care Unit for patients who no longer require acute care but have ongoing medical and rehabilitative needs, which require skilled care 24 hours a day.

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