Meridian Health's Nursing & Rehab Facilities Receive Highest Rating From U.S. News & World Report

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Meridian Health's Nursing & Rehab Facilities Receive Highest Rating From U.S. News & World Report

Meridian Nursing and Rehab facilities at Brick, Shrewsbury, Manor By the Sea in Ocean Grove, and Wall, all members of Meridian Health, have received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report's sixth annual Best Nursing Homes.

"We are extremely proud of this continued recognition of our long-term care facilities and committed to providing quality health care to our community," said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. "We believe our five star ratings speak to the collaborative efforts of our physicians, nurses, and team members overall who are focused every day on providing excellent care for our patients."

Every day, families across the country are faced with the difficult decision of finding a nursing home to care for their loved one. According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 60 percent of individuals over 65 will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime and over 40 percent will receive care in a nursing home for some period.

"The rising number of five-star homes is encouraging," says Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. "It speaks to care that is steadily becoming more skilled and compassionate."

The Best Nursing Homes 2014 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. U.S. News' goal is to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home in 2014 find a home with a strong track record of good care.

Best Nursing Homes draws on data from the Centers for Medicare & 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.

The rankings are available online, exclusively at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.

About Meridian Health

Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For", and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. For more information, please visit www.MeridianHealth.com.