Allied Services and Heinz Rehab Transitional Rehab Units Recognized

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The U.S. News & World Report recently released the 2018-2019 Best Nursing Homes report. To produce the report and its online Nursing Home Finder tool, U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 homes nationwide. The ratings draw on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.

Traditionally, nursing homes receive an Overall rating based on measures such as quality of medical care, state-conducted inspections and staffing.  For the 2018-2019 ratings, U.S. News introduced a new Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating for those facilities with sufficient relevant volume. According to U.S. News, the new rating is aimed at providing patients with a clearer view of the quality of care provided by nursing homes to short-stay patients in need of intensive rehabilitation or nursing services before they return home after a surgery, stroke, accident or illness.

Only two facilities within 100 miles of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area received the survey’s top rating of “High Performing” in either the Overall rating or the Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating. Allied Services Transitional Rehab Unit in Scranton and Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit in Wilkes-Barre both received the title of “High Performing” in both the Overall and Short-Stay Rehabilitation ratings. This double accolade earns these non-profit health facilities the “Best Nursing Home” designation.

“In the midst of a constantly changing landscape in healthcare, our nursing service delivery model is anchored in best practice and theory which enables our patients to achieve the best outcomes” comments Chris Minich, OTR/L, NHA, Administrator, Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit. “Our fast track rehab program boasts a multitude of therapists who are certified in the latest rehab technology and treatment techniques enabling our residents the ability to return home in a shorter amount of time”

Allied Services Transitional Rehab Unit and Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit have consistently earned top marks for their patient care, receiving the US News & World “Best Nursing Home” title 5 years in a row. In October 2018, Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit increased its capacity to 45 beds in response to a growing community need for short-term rehabilitation.

More information about the data or methodology behind the ratings and the online Nursing Home Finder tool is available at