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Etowah Health Care Center

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: C
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Etowah Health Care Center's website

409 Grady Road, PO Box 957,
Etowah TN 37331

(423) 263-1138

49.83% estimated occupancy 1

Etowah Health Care Center is a facility located in Etowah, Tennessee, which has a population of 7,656 people. We awarded it an overall grade of C, which is a middle of the pack rating. This facility has a few things working in its favor. The best part of this nursing home's report card was its stellar inspection grade. We discuss inspections in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Individual
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

While this nursing home's overall grade was decent, it really excelled in the category of inspections. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A for that category, which is one of our highest scores. Inspection ratings account for several factors found on a nursing home's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we rely on is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with better grades in this category tend to have few severe deficiencies. Although this nursing home had a few deficiencies on its report, none of them were serious based on CMS' scale. A couple of minor deficiencies shouldn't stop you from considering a nursing home.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility's second best category was its short-term care grade, where it was awarded a grade of B-. Short-term care grades are often employed to grade a facility's rehabilitation services. In order to offer highly scored rehabilitation services, facilities generally must have better levels of skilled nursing services. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other types of therapists. Unfortunately, this place was below average in terms of its level of physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its residents based on the metrics we assessed. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents returned home. At most nursing homes, closer to half of their patients are able to return home so this figure is below average.

Nurse Quality

Grade: D

Another strength of this nursing home is its favorable grade in nursing. We awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with an D. Nursing ratings are based in large part on levels of nurse staffing. This particular facility offered a meager 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident daily. This figure is far below the national average. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in computing our nursing grades. This place fared well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these statistics to be reliable indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

This facility's weakest area is long-term care, which is the final category we looked at. In this category, we awarded this nursing home a grade of just D. Long-term care scores of this caliber generally are a bad sign for the quantity and quality of care provided by nurses and aids. On top of considering the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. Candidly, we were a bit concerned this nursing home provided the vaccine to only 65.90909 percent of its patients. Surprisingly, this nursing home was actually decent at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. This is its best score in this category.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Etowah Health Care Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Etowah Health Care Center, 8.8% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of long-term care patients who developed new or worsened pressure ulcers . We consider this statistic when determining both nursing and long-term care grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: D

In Etowah Health Care Center, 3.44% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of residents who have had a major fall. Falls resulting in major injury are considered to be an indicator of nursing care . Falls leading to injury are often caused by lower quality nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A

In Etowah Health Care Center, 3.08% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections could be linked to poorer hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Etowah Health Care Center, 15.67% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric indicates the percentage of long-term patients that are prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in scenarios where such medications aren't medically indicated. Nevertheless, some facilities need to rely more on these drugs due to having more residents suffering from dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: F

In Etowah Health Care Center, 29.51% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric tells you the percent of long-term care residents which were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are prescribed to patients experiencing depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Etowah Health Care Center, 9.05% of Patients

This tells you the percent of residents exhibiting signs of depression. High rates of depression may be a sign worse patient care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: F

In Etowah Health Care Center, 89.05% of Patients

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

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: F

In Etowah Health Care Center, 16.44% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-plus

In Etowah Health Care Center, 24.2% Percentage of Residents

This is the percent of residents who retained mobility levels over time. Preserving mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Etowah Health Care Center, 1.27 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Etowah Health Care Center, 24.2 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-plus

In Etowah Health Care Center, 11.03 Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to measure the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In Etowah Health Care Center, 73.13% Percentage of Resident

This datapoint measures the percent of short-term stay residents who experienced functional improvements.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Starr Regional Medical Center AthensAcute Care Hospitals 7.88 miles away1114 W Madison Ave Athens Tennessee 37371Proprietary(423) 745-1411
  • Sweetwater Hospital AssociationAcute Care Hospitals 17.83 miles away304 Wright St Sweetwater Tennessee 37874Voluntary non-profit - Private(865) 213-8200

Nearby Dialysis

  • Total Renal Care, Inc.0.56 miles away109 Grady Rd Etowah Tennessee 37331Dialysis Stations: 16 (423) 263-3666
  • Fmc Athens8.44 miles away943 Decatur Pike Athens Tennessee 37303Dialysis Stations: 7 (423) 507-9712
  • Rocky Top Dialysis17.02 miles away921 New Hwy 68 Sweetwater Tennessee 37874Dialysis Stations: 17 (423) 337-5770
  • Fmc Skyway17.18 miles away783 New Highway 68 Sweetwater Tennessee 37874Dialysis Stations: 17 (423) 337-4534