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Etowah Health Care Center

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

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

409 Grady Road, PO Box 957,
Etowah TN 37331

(423) 263-1138

52.91% 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 B-, 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
  • Has Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • 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-plus

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. The fact that the deficiencies were relatively minor made us feel better about this inspection report.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility was given its second best category grade in the category of short-term care. We awarded this facility a grade of B- in this area, which is a reasonably acceptable score. Short-term care ratings are critical for individuals looking for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually utilizes additional skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes a vast spectrum of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last metric we considered in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We discovered that just 5.3 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is actually below average.

Nurse Quality

Grade: C

This nursing home's nursing grade appears to be one of its better features. The facility received a grade of C in this category. Our nursing grade analyzes the nursing home's nurse staffing levels. We consider both the levels of licensure of those nurses as well as the amount of time spent with residents. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Lastly, although this nursing home got dinged a bit for its nursing hours, it excelled in a few of our quality-based metrics. With fewer than five percent of its patients sustaining pressure ulcers, it fared very well in this metric.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

The final category we analyzed is long-term care. We awarded this facility a D in the area of long-term care, rendering this the nursing home's least impressive category. Facilities that do not fare well in this category often don't provide as much nursing care and also may be struggling in a few of the areas of routine personal care we looked at. After considering the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we then looked at the facility's vaccination data. Frankly, we were a bit concerned this nursing home vaccinated 66.82243 percent of its patients against pneumonia, which is several points below what we were hoping for. Surprisingly, this facility actually fared well at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had just 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. This was its best feature in this category.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Etowah Health Care Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Etowah Health Care Center, 9.06% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This measures the percent of long-term care residents that are suffering from pressure ulcers. We find that pressure ulcers are a reliable indicator of quality of care.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: D

In Etowah Health Care Center, 3.4% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percentage of patients that sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are often the result of poor nursing care. More supervision limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A

In Etowah Health Care Center, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many experts to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely linked to worse hygiene protocols. However, this metric could be skewed for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Etowah Health Care Center, 15.49% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is the percentage of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications may be vital to 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 a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: F

In Etowah Health Care Center, 29.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric indicates the percentage of long-term patients taking antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Etowah Health Care Center, 8.67% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients exhibiting signs of depression. High rates of depression could be an indicator worse patient care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: F

In Etowah Health Care Center, 89.63% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term residents that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: F

In Etowah Health Care Center, 16.71% Percentage of Patients

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

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-plus

In Etowah Health Care Center, 26.22% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percent of patients who remained mobile levels over time. Optimizing mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Etowah Health Care Center, 1.21 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is key to preserving the physical well-being of nursing home patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Etowah Health Care Center, 26.22 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In Etowah Health Care Center, 72.9% Percentage of Resident

This is the percentage of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with activities of daily living usually correlates with successful rehabilitation.

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