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Briarwood Healthcare Center

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
Oct 18: ANov 18: ADec 18: AJan 19: AFeb 19: AMar 19: AApr 19: AMay 19: AJun 19: AJul 19: A+Aug 19: A+Sep 19: A+Jan 20: A+Mar 20: A+Apr 20: A+May 20: A+Jun 20: A+Jul 20: A+Aug 20: A+Sep 20: A+Oct 20: A+Jan 21: A+Feb 21: A+Mar 21: A+Apr 21: A+May 21: A+Jun 21: A+Jul 21: AAug 21: ASep 21: AOct 21: ANov 21: AJan 22: A-Feb 22: A-Mar 22: A-Apr 22: A-May 22: A-Jun 22: A-
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Briarwood Healthcare Center's website

605 Greenwood Drive,
Iowa City IA 52246

(319) 338-7912

75.16% estimated occupancy 1

Briarwood Healthcare Center is a small nursing home located in Iowa City, Iowa. Featuring an overall score of A-, this is without a doubt a very good nursing home. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top third of all nursing homes in the nation. This facility's strong profile was highlighted by its inspection score, which you can find in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • Is CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

To pair with its strong overall grade, we awarded this facility an A+ for our inspections rating. Perhaps the most important factor we consider in computing our inspection scores is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities with higher grades in this area most likely dodged the more severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. While this nursing home had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G through L. This tells you that CMS didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

This nursing home also was awarded a strong long-term care grade. Indeed, this ended up being this nursing home's second strongest category grade. In that area, this facility received a score of A-. Long-term care scores in this range generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. After we finished looking at the amount of care provided by nurses, we next considered the nursing home's vaccination data. This facility vaccinated 97.87234 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is an impressive figure. Pneumonia is too frequently a deadly condition for nursing home residents so we like it when a facility does not roll the dice on this issue. Lastly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

The next area we analyzed is short-term care. Adding to its high-end resume, this facility also excelled in this area. In fact, it received a of A- in that area. Our short-term care grades are arguably most meaningful for residents needing a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically mandates more highly-skilled nursing services. This means not only nursing services, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like this facility provided information on registered nurse or physical therapist staffing. Lastly, we considered the percentage of residents who ultimately were able to return home from this facility. We found that 6.3 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: C

The next category we looked at was nursing, where this nursing home received a C. Even though this turned out to be its lowest category grade, this is nevertheless not a major area of concern. There are a host of data points included in this area. Many of these subcategories reflect the quantity of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages just 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low figure. Finally, although this nursing home got dinged a bit for nursing hours, it excelled in some of our quality-based measures. With less than five percent of its residents experiencing pressure ulcers, it fared well in this subcategory.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Briarwood Healthcare Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: D

In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 6.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who developed new or worsened pressure ulcers or bed sores. We consider this statistic when determining our nursing grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B

In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls

This metric is an indication of the percentage of long-term care patients that had a fall leading to severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be a sign of lower quality nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 2.97% of Patients had UTIs

This metric indicates the percentage of long-term care residents who had urinary tract infections. While a higher rate infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it is difficult to compare different facilities due to facilities having reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This gauges the percent of long-term patients who were prescribed antipsychotic medication. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior in scenarios where such drugs aren't medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these drugs due to an increased number of patients with Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 18.76% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This statistic gauges the percentage of long-term patients taking antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 4.77% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who are exhibiting signs of depression. Many would argue this is a measure of quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 94.58% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: D

In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 16.85% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-plus

In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 20.59% Percentage of Residents

Measures the percentage of long-term stay residents that retained mobility levels.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is important to maintaining the physical well-being of nursing home residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 20.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is typically a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A-plus

In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 11.44 Percentage of Patients

This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: C

In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 79.44% Percentage of Resident

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay residents that experienced functional improvements.

Nearby Hospitals

  • University of Iowa Hospital & ClinicsAcute Care Hospitals 0.62 miles away200 Hawkins Drive Iowa City Iowa 52242Government - State(319) 356-1616
  • Mercy HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 1.22 miles away500 E Market Street Iowa City Iowa 52245Voluntary non-profit - Church(319) 339-0300

Nearby Dialysis

  • University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics Dialysis0.71 miles away200 Hawkins Drive w336-4az Iowa City Iowa 52242Dialysis Stations: 20 (319) 356-3047
  • University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics - North Liberty6.26 miles away5 Lions Drive N Liberty Outreach Dialysis Unit North Liberty Iowa 52317Dialysis Stations: 12 (319) 467-7190