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Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center

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Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A
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Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center's website

5211 Highway 110,
Aurora MN 55705

(218) 229-2211

88.18% estimated occupancy 1

Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center is a small hospital-based nursing home in Aurora, Minnesota. With an overall rating of A, this nursing home is ranked among the most impressive nursing homes we found. In fact, we ranked this facility in the top ten percent of all facilities in the United States. Scroll down to find this nursing home's category grades, which are equally impressive. You really can't do much better than a straight A report card.

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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

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Nurse Quality

Grade: A

To pair with its excellent overall grade, we gave this nursing home an A for its nursing grade. Our nursing grade weighs several subcategories, but the main one is the quantity of nurse hours spent with patients. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this place 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 Minnesota in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as by having a policy of moving residents more frequently.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A

Adding to its strong resume, this nursing home also performed well in our long-term care area. In fact, it received a grade of A for that area. Facilities that excel in this category tend to provide patients with better supervision and stay on top of routine medical care. One of the criteria we considered in addition to nursing hours is vaccines. This facility provided the pneumonia vaccination to 100 percent of its residents. Vaccination is a great way to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations for the elderly population. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

Building on its fine profile, this nursing home also was given a superb short-term care grade, with a grade of A. In computing our short-term care scores, we size up a nursing home's levels of skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists speech therapists and other highly trained professionals. This area is generally a useful assessment of the facility's rehabilitation. Fortunately, it appear that this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last item we looked at in this category is the percentage of patients that ultimately were able to return home from the facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

Another impressive feature for this facility is its inspection rating. In that category, we awarded this nursing home an impressive grade of A-, wrapping up its straight A performance. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in computing these inspection ratings. One key factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of these deficiencies is usually more important than the number of deficiencies, as some end up being quite insignificant. This place received 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This means that the government inspectors did not deem any of these deficiencies an immediate risk to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 6.76% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percentage of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 0% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of residents that sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in major injury are often caused by lower quality nursing care. Additional nurse staffing minimizes the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 1.89% of Patients had UTIs

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

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A+

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 0% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited situations, increased usage of these drugs may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A+

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 0% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percent of residents who were given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to residents experiencing depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 0% of Patients

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who are exhibiting signs of depression. Many believe this is a measure of patient quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 100% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients that were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines critical to patient care.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 6.74% of Patients

This is the percent of residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living may be a sign of the decline of a patient's health.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 10.44% of Residents

This tells you the percent of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 10.44% of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric tracks the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. Minimizing rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical well-being of residents.

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