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Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc

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Updated Nov 1, 2019 by Nick Lata

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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Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc's website

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 in Big Sandy, Montana, a city with a total of 1,030 people. This turns out to be a grade A facility, which is a high-end score. We also wanted to point out that this facility is located in a hospital. Typically, this indicates that more intensive healthcare services are offered. This facility also received very consistent ratings in all of our categories. More information about its category grades can be found below.

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


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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

With an overall grade this high, it should come as no surprise that this nursing home performed well in the area of inspections, where it received a grade of A. Perhaps the most significant factor we consider in computing our inspection scores is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a facility's inspection reports. Facilities with better grades in this category typically avoided the more severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. While this place had a few deficiencies on its report, none were serious 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

To complement its strong performance in other areas, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A for our inspections rating. Nursing grades are largely based on the facility's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in the area of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A

Turning the page to our next category, this nursing home received first-rate long-term care score. In fact, it received a score of A in this area. Nursing homes that do well in this category tend to provide patients with closer supervision and stay on top of routine medical care. After considering the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is much higher than the vast majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

Turning to our fourth area, this nursing home received a highly favorable short-term care grade. We gave it a grade of B+ in that area, rounding out one of our finer profiles. Short-term care grades are based in part on a nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This means a vast spectrum of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we considered the number of patients that returned home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents were able to return home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Dec 23

Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 8% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This datapoint tells you the percentage of long-term residents that are suffering from pressure ulcers or bed sores. We factor in this statistic in computing our nursing grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 0% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percentage of patients who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in serious injury are often linked to lower levels of patient supervision. Additional nurse staffing minimizes the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: F

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 10.71% of Patients had UTIs

This is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents who have had UTI's. Although a higher rate infections could reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it is problematic to compare between facilities due to facilities having reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 23.08% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric measures the percentage of long-term care patients who were administered antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may mean that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such drugs are not medically indicated. However, some facilities need to rely on these drugs due to an increased number of patients with Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 23.21% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients that were administered antianxiety drugs. These medications are used to treat patients suffering from anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 14.55% of Patients

This tells you the percent of residents who are exhibiting symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 100% of Patients

This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for seniors, making these types of vaccines vital to patient care.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 13.46% of Patients

This tells you the percent of residents that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living could indicate decline of a resident's health.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 9.47% of Residents

This metric measures the percentage of long-term care residents that maintained mobility. Some believe that mobility is critical to residents' physical and mental health.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Big Sandy Medical Center Ltc, 9.47% of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care.