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Buchanan County Health Center

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A
Oct 18: A-Nov 18: A-Dec 18: A-Jan 19: AFeb 19: AMar 19: AApr 19: AMay 19: AJun 19: AJul 19: AAug 19: ASep 19: AJan 20: AMar 20: AApr 20: AMay 20: AJun 20: AJul 20: AAug 20: ASep 20: AOct 20: AJan 21: AFeb 21: AMar 21: AApr 21: A+May 21: A+Jun 21: A+Jul 21: A+Aug 21: A+Sep 21: A+Oct 21: ANov 21: AJan 22: A+Feb 22: A+Mar 22: AApr 22: AMay 22: AJun 22: A
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Buchanan County Health Center's website

1600 First Street East,
Independence IA 50644

(319) 332-0999

90.51% estimated occupancy 1

Buchanan County Health Center is a nursing home in Independence, Iowa, a city with a total of 8,648 people. With an overall grade of A, this is the number one rated facility in Independence. In addition, this is a hospital-based facility, which may add peace of mind for prospective patients with significant health conditions. This facility also received consistently good scores in each of the major categories. More information about these categories is available below.

Quick Details

  • No Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Government - County
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Laboratory
  • X-Ray

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

One of the reasons this place ended up being a great nursing home is it earned an A+ inspection grade. This is as good as it gets in this category. Our inspection scores are based on datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities that score well in this area typically have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these places generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. This place was hit with 5 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered severe. This means that the inspectors did not consider any of these deficiencies to pose an immediate 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-plus

We also gave this nursing home a score of A+ for its long-term care grade. Facilities that do well in this category tend to provide residents with closer supervision and stay on top of routine medical care. Once we finished looking at the amount of nursing care, we next considered the facility's vaccination record. This nursing home vaccinated 97.76119 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is an impressive figure. Pneumonia is often a deadly condition for nursing home patients so we strongly prefer when a facility does not roll the dice on this issue. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A

Adding to its strong resume, this facility also received an excellent nursing score, with a grade of A. Nursing scores are based in large part on quantity of nursing care available. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. 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 many times be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

The final area we rated is short-term care, where this facility received a grade of B+. This finished off a first-rate report card. Only a select few nursing homes received a B+ or higher in every category. Our short-term care scores are based on the facility's quantity of highly-skilled highly skilled professionals. This means a vast spectrum of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, not to mention other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final datapoint we considered in this area is the percentage of residents who were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Buchanan County Health Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Buchanan County Health Center, 6.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This figure is is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients which have pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are a great measure of a facility's nursing care quality.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: C

In Buchanan County Health Center, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of patients who have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are routinely caused by poor nursing care. Closer supervision reduces the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In Buchanan County Health Center, 2.97% of Patients had UTIs

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who have suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's may be an indicator of a facility with lower levels of hygiene. However, this metric may also be skewed for certain facilities due to different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: C

In Buchanan County Health Center, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some situations, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Buchanan County Health Center, 18.76% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric tells you the percent of long-term patients receiving antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Buchanan County Health Center, 4.77% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of residents showing signs of depression. Increased rates of depression could indicate worse patient care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Buchanan County Health Center, 94.58% of Patients

This is the percentage of patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In Buchanan County Health Center, 16.85% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percent of patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: F

In Buchanan County Health Center, 20.59% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percent of residents who retained mobility levels over time. Preserving mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B

In Buchanan County Health Center, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Buchanan County Health Center, 20.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Buchanan County Health CenterCritical Access Hospitals 0 miles away1600 First St East Independence Iowa 50644Voluntary non-profit - Other(319) 332-0999
  • Mercyone Oelwein Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 14.36 miles away201 Eighth Avenue Se Oelwein Iowa 50662Voluntary non-profit - Church(319) 283-6000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Buchanan County Dialysis0.04 miles away1600 1st Street East Independence Iowa 50644Dialysis Stations: 12 (319) 334-7437