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Donnellson Health Center

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Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B-minus
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Donnellson Health Center's website

901 State Street,
Donnellson IA 52625

(319) 835-5621

Donnellson Health Center is a small facility located in Donnellson, Iowa. Featuring an overall rating of B-, this looks like a middle of the pack nursing home. Based on our assessment, there are definitely much worse facilities out there. This facility is better in some categories than others, but it didn't have any poor grades in any of the major categories discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.

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Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Home Making
  • Dialysis Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2022)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: B

It should also be noted that this facility's inspection score outpaced its overall grade. We gave it a grade of B for its inspections grade, which is a very solid score. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in calculating these inspection scores. One key factor is deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of the deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some of these are relatively minor. This nursing home was assessed 5 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered to be major deficiencies. This tells you that the inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies to cause an immediate threat to resident health or safety. Keep in mind that deficiency-free inspection reports are rare in this industry.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B

In addition, we also would like to draw your attention to the fact that this nursing home was awarded favorable short-term care marks this year. We gave them one of our higher grades in this category, with a B. This turned out to be the facility's second best score. In computing these short-term care grades, we assess the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. Our objective is to create a tool for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different facilities. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that this facility submitted data regarding its registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. Finally, we considered the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 4.4 percent of this facility's patients returned home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

One of this facility's better category grades was in the area of nursing care. In that area, we gave this facility a grade of B-. The nursing category consists of a handful of factors, most of which are based on levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Lastly, nursing ratings also consider quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. Despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours, this nursing home performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is typically a good indicator that a facility has sufficient quality controls in place. Some falls could be avoided if a nursing home supplies enough nurses to assist its patients.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The final area we rated is long-term care. For that category, we awarded this facility a grade of B-. Our long-term care scores are pivotal for prospective residents needing personal care. Once we concluded our assessment of the amount of nursing care, we turned to the facility's vaccination record. We were a bit concerned this facility vaccinated a relatively low 85.71429 percent of its patients for pneumonia. Fortunately, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Donnellson Health Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Donnellson Health Center, 9.62% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: F

In Donnellson Health Center, 7.69% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percent of residents who have had a fall which caused major injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-minus

In Donnellson Health Center, 2.22% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes associated with insufficient hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Donnellson Health Center, 25.61% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percentage of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic medications are prescribed to residents for many conditions, including cognitive disorders. Tragically, in some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: C

In Donnellson Health Center, 25.64% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients given antianxiety medications. These medications are commonly used to treat residents suffering from anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Donnellson Health Center, 2% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients exhibiting symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In Donnellson Health Center, 91.67% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: F

In Donnellson Health Center, 26.47% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and continence.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-plus

In Donnellson Health Center, 32.78% of Residents

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who maintained mobility.


Grade: A-plus

In Donnellson Health Center, 0.2 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 the physical health of residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: F

In Donnellson Health Center, 32.78% of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical well-being of patients.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: D

In Donnellson Health Center, 20.36% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-minus

In Donnellson Health Center, 85.84% of Resident

Measures the percentage of short-term residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many in the industry argue that this is a reliable measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Fort Madison Community HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 9.95 miles away5445 Ave O Fort Madison Iowa 52627Voluntary non-profit - Private(319) 372-6530
  • Unitypoint Health - KeokukAcute Care Hospitals 19.06 miles away1600 Morgan Street Keokuk Iowa 52632Voluntary non-profit - Private(319) 524-7150

Nearby Dialysis

  • Southeastern Renal Dialysis, Lc - Ft Madison10.41 miles away4703 Avenue L Fort Madison Iowa 52627Dialysis Stations: 12 (319) 372-7829
  • Southeastern Renal Dialysis, l.c. - Lee County19.16 miles away1419 Morgan St. Keokuk Iowa 52632Dialysis Stations: 10 (319) 524-2105