Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc

Updated Nov 1, 2019 by Sara Levinsohn

Historical Rating
Grade: A
Oct 18: A-Nov 18: B+Dec 18: B+Jan 19: B+Feb 19: B+May 19: B+Jun 19: B+Jul 19: A-Aug 19: A-Sep 19: A-
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166 Montana Ave E,
Big Sandy MT 59520

(406) 378-2188

58.18% estimated occupancy 1

Note: Data for Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc has not been updated recently. This page shows historical performance which may not be representitive of current service levels.

Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc is located in Big Sandy, Montana, a city with a population of 1,030 people. We awarded this facility an A overall grade, ranking it in the top 20 percent of all facilities in the nation. In addition, this nursing home is based in a hospital, which often means the facility offers a wider array of healthcare services. Headlining this nursing home's remarkable report card is its inspection score, which you can find in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • Has Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation

Facility Inspections

Grade: A

In addition to receiving a strong overall rating, this nursing home performed well in inspections, which is based on its recent inspection reports. We gave it an A for this category. Inspection grades are based on several datapoints found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that receive favorable grades in this area tend to have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. Although this facility had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were severe based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A

This nursing home also received a very impressive nursing grade. In fact, this turned out to be its second best category grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of A. Our nursing grade is mostly associated with the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This place provided 3.2 hours of nursing care per resident each day. Roughly one-fourth of those hours were provided by registered nurses, which are among the most skilled nurses. This is a high ratio of skilled nursing care. We weight these hours more in computing our nursing grades. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This facility performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A

Moving on our next category, this nursing home received first-rate long-term care score. In fact, it received a grade of A in this area. Long-term care ratings in this range generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine healthcare services. After considering the amount of nursing care, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is an impressive figure. Pneumonia is often a dangerous health condition for nursing home patients so we prefer when a facility doesn't leave its residents vulnerable. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

In the final category we analyzed, this facility was given a very favorable grade of B+ in our short-term care category. With this grade, the facility completed an elite profile. Short-term care grades are based in part on a nursing home's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This means a wide spectrum of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, in addition to other types of therapy. When we assessed this facility's nursing hours, we found it offered substantially more care from registered nurses than most nursing homes. The final datapoint we assessed in this category is the percentage of residents that who were able to eventually return home from the facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jun 22

Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 7.73% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percentage of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 5.17% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure tells you the percentage of long-term patients who sustained falls resulting in major injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be an indication of lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: F

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 3.13% of Patients had UTIs

This metric indicates the percentage of long-term patients who experienced a UTI. While a higher rate of these infections could reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it is difficult to compare between facilities due to differing reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 16.56% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of residents given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are given to residents for many conditions, such as cognitive disorders. Sadly, in limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may mean a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 15.24% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care patients who are administered antianxiety medication. These drugs are commonly used to treat patients experiencing anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 5.37% of Patients

This is the percentage of patients showing depressive symptoms. High levels of depression could be an indicator a lower level of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 93.08% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 16.19% Percentage of Patients

This is the percent of residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: D

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 20.41% Percentage of Residents

This is the percent of residents who remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 20.41 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the health of patients.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Big Sandy Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 0.03 miles away166 Montana Ave E Big Sandy Montana 59520Voluntary non-profit - Private(406) 378-2188

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