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Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle

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Updated Nov 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B-plus
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Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle's website

326 Summerset Box 38,
Fontanelle IA 50846

(641) 215-6504

56.52% estimated occupancy 1

Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle is a small non-profit nursing home located in Fontanelle, Iowa. This nursing home proved to be a quality facility, with an overall grade of B+. At the end of the day, this place looks like a good fit for most people. As you can see below, this nursing home also performed just fine in our category ratings. It would be hard to find any major flaws in this facility's profile.

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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
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2022)
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Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

On top of performing well in its overall grade, this nursing home received even higher grades in the category of short-term care. In fact, it earned one of our highest scores in that category with an A-. Our short-term care grade is commonly used to judge a nursing home's rehabilitation services. To offer highly rated rehabilitation services, facilities generally must feature higher levels of highly skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other highly trained professionals. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we considered the percentage of residents who were able to return home from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B-plus

Adding to its impressive profile, this facility also performed at a high level in the area of inspections. In fact, it received a nearly flawless government inspection report this year. As a result, it earned one of our best grades in that area with an B+. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in calculating these inspection ratings. One critical factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of these deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some of these end up being quite insignificant. While this place had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none of them were serious based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

In addition, this facility also received favorable nursing grades this year. In fact, we awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with a grade of B+. We weighed the levels of nurses working for the nursing home, as well as the quantity of hours the nurses worked with patients, in determining our grade in this area. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can typically be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

The fourth category we analyzed is long-term care, where this facility received a grade of B+. This finished off a very favorable profile. Very few nursing homes earned a B+ or better in in each area we assessed. Facilities that do well in long-term care typically are well-staffed and provide extensive hands on care to residents. After considering the quantity of care provided by nurses, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 99.07407 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia can be a life or death condition for nursing home patients so we like it when a nursing home does not take any chances. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 8.33% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who have pressure ulcers . We use this statistic in calculating our nursing grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 3.7% of Patients had Serious Falls

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents which suffered falls resulting in major injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indication of lower quality nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 5.61% of Patients had UTIs

This measures the percentage of long-term residents which experienced a UTI. Although a higher rate infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's nursing care, it can be difficult to compare between facilities due to facilities having inconsistent reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 11.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications may be helpful for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B

In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 18.89% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who are given antianxiety medication. These drugs are used to treat patients suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 0.94% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients who are demonstrating depressive symptoms. High rates of depression may be a sign worse patient care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 96.26% of Patients

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

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 19.77% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living could be a sign of decline of a patient's health.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 20.04% of Residents

This indicates the percentage of patients who maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.


Grade: A-plus

In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 0.57 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. There is typically a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of long-term care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 20.04% of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Adair County Memorial HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 5.83 miles away609 Se Kent Greenfield Iowa 50849Government - Local(641) 743-2123
  • Greater Regional Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 18.03 miles away1700 West Townline Street Creston Iowa 50801Government - Local(641) 782-7091

Nearby Dialysis

  • Creston Dialysis18.03 miles away1700 W Townline St #2b Creston Iowa 50801Dialysis Stations: 8 (641) 782-5202