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Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center

  • Nursing Home

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A
Oct 18: ANov 18: ADec 18: AJan 19: A-Feb 19: A-May 19: AJun 19: AJul 19: AAug 19: ASep 19: AJan 20: AMar 20: AApr 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: AMay 21: AJun 21: AJul 21: AAug 21: ASep 21: AOct 21: ANov 21: AJan 22: AFeb 22: AMar 22: AApr 22: AMay 22: AJun 22: AAug 22: ASep 22: A
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Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center's website

5211 Highway 110,
Aurora MN 55705

(218) 229-2211

93.63% estimated occupancy 1

Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center is the lone nursing home located in Aurora, Minnesota. After receiving an overall grade of A, this facility is ranked among the most impressive facilities we found. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it in the top fifth of all facilities nationally. Keep reading to find this nursing home's category scores, which also impressed us. You just can't do much better than a straight A profile.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Laboratory
  • X-Ray
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-plus

In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this nursing home received an A+ in the area of long-term care. Long-term care grades of this caliber generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. In addition to assessing the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients. Vaccines are critical to keeping patients healthy. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. 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

Among its many impressive grades, this facility received an excellent nursing grade. In fact, we gave it a grade of A in that category. Nursing ratings are primarily based on the facility's nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this facility excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any nursing home the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by having a policy of moving a patient more often.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

Tallying yet another strong category grade, this facility also excelled in the area of inspections, where it received an A-. Few nursing homes fared better in this category. Our inspection scores account for several factors included in a facility's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we look at is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with better grades in this category typically have few severe deficiencies. Fortunately, although this facility had a few minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means the inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

The fourth area we graded was short-term care, where this facility was given a grade of A-. This wrapped up an elite report card. Very few nursing homes earned an A- or better in all four categories. Short-term care ratings are meaningful for patients requiring rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically requires additional highly-skilled nursing services. This means a vast spectrum of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we considered the percentage of residents that ultimately returned home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 6.69% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percent of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a measure of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often the result of residents staying in one position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 4.21% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of residents that have had a major fall. Falls resulting in serious injury are often linked to lower levels of patient supervision. Closer supervision reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 2.83% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely the result of a facility with worst hygiene practices. Nevertheless, this datapoint can also be skewed for certain facilities due to different reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A+

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 16.64% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percentage of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These medications may be used for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-plus

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 12.33% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This figure measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who were prescribed antianxiety medication. These medications are prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 4.58% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term patients who are exhibiting symptoms of depression. Some experts would argue that this is a reliable measure of patient quality of life.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 93.31% of Patients

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for nursing home patients, making these vaccines critical to patient safety.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 13.09% Percentage of Patients

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and continence.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-minus

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 18.07% Percentage of Residents

Measures the percentage of long-term stay residents that remained mobile levels.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 18.07 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 0.06 miles away5211 Highway 110 Aurora Minnesota 55705Voluntary non-profit - Private(218) 229-4222

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fmc Dialysis - Eveleth14.77 miles away233 Mckinley Ave Eveleth Minnesota 55734Dialysis Stations: 12 (218) 744-3226