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Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center

Updated May 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: A
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5211 Highway 110,
Aurora MN 55705

(218) 229-2211

86.36% estimated occupancy 1

Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center is the only facility we found in Aurora, Minnesota. Featuring an overall score of A, this is without a doubt a superb nursing home. In addition, this nursing home is located in a hospital, which often means the nursing home offers more extensive healthcare services. One of the best aspects of this nursing home's remarkable profile is its long-term care score. Long-term care grades are discussed in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation

Registered Staff Hours

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Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-plus

In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this facility also received an A+ long-term care grade. Facilities that do well in long-term care typically are well-staffed and offer extensive hands on care to patients. 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. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A

One of the other reasons we rated this facility so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing grade. In that category, we gave this nursing home an A. We analyzed the levels of nurses at the facility, as well as the quantity of hours the nurses spent with patients, in computing our rating in this area. This nursing home provides 3.6 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 facility the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as employing a protocol of moving patients more often.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

Another quality feature of this facility is its inspection rating. In that category, we awarded this nursing home an A-. Inspection scores take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these issues by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Fortunately, although this facility had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means CMS didn't deem 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: B-plus

In our final category, we awarded this facility an A- for our short-term care score. This completed an elite profile. Our short-term care grade is typically used to judge a facility's rehabilitation services. In order to provide quality rehabilitation services, facilities generally need to offer higher levels of skilled nursing. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists and other licensed professionals. One reason for this facility's strong score in this category is that it provides more care with registered nurses to its residents than the average nursing home. Finally, we looked at the percentage of residents that ultimately returned home from this facility. 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 18Jun 22

Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 6.9% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This statistic is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients which have pressure ulcers . We use this statistic in calculating both nursing and long-term care grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: C

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 4.36% of Patients had Serious Falls

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who have suffered a fall which resulted in severe injury. Falls can happen 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: C

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 2.82% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percent of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often the result of facilities with worst hygiene practices. Better nursing care reduces the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Keep in mind that this statistic is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have varying reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A+

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 16.53% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients given antipsychotic drugs. These medications are 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, 12.02% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are given to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 4.55% of Patients

This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients demonstrating symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 94.12% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of residents that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 13.22% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of deterioration of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 19.91% Percentage of Residents

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who retained mobility levels. Many in the industry argue that the ability to move around is important for residents' mental and physical health.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Essentia Health Northern Pines Medical Center, 19.91 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.

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

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