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Good Samaritan Society - Newell

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Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese

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

415 West Highway 7,
Newell IA 50568

(712) 227-3938

Good Samaritan Society - Newell is a small non-profit nursing home in Newell, Iowa. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of B+. A grade of this caliber requires solid scores in most areas. Based on our assessment, you can do much worse than this facility. The best part of this nursing home's impressive profile was its nursing score. We discuss nursing in the next section

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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

Specialized Services

  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling

Nurse Quality

Grade: A

One of the reasons this place received a great overall grade is that it received a very impressive nursing rating. In fact, nursing turned out to be its best category. In that area, we awarded this facility an A. Our nursing grade focuses on the nursing home's nurse staffing levels. We weigh both the levels of skill of the nurses and the number of hours spent with residents. This nursing home provides 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well when it comes to minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

One of the other reasons we rated this facility so highly is that it received a dominant short-term care score. Indeed, short-term care is its second most favorable category score. In that category, we gave this facility a score of A-. Our short-term care grade is generally used to assess a facility's rehabilitation services. In order to provide good rehabilitation services, facilities generally need to provide higher levels of skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other highly skilled individuals. We were not able to locate information about this nursing home's registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. The last statistic we considered in this area is the percentage of residents that ultimately returned home from the nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B

This facility was given a favorable long-term care score as well. We awarded it one of our better grades in that category with a grade of B. Long-term care grades of this caliber generally require both around the clock care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine healthcare services. On top of assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 95.454544 percent of its patients, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia sadly is often a dangerous condition for nursing home residents so we like it when a nursing home doesn't take any chances. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B

Turning to the final category we assessed, this nursing home earned a decent score in inspections as well. We gave it a score of B for that category. This facility didn't have any major weak links. Inspection grades take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these items by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. While this facility had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G through L. This tells you that the government inspectors did not consider 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.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Good Samaritan Society - Newell Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In Good Samaritan Society - Newell, 4.76% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage due to staying in one position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Good Samaritan Society - Newell, 0% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of patients that suffered from a fall resulting in serious injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Good Samaritan Society - Newell, 0% of Patients had UTIs

This is an indication of the percentage of long-term care residents that have suffered from a urinary tract infection. Although more infections could reflect poorly on a facility's cleanliness, it is difficult to compare different nursing homes due to varying reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-plus

In Good Samaritan Society - Newell, 2.38% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric measures the percent of long-term residents taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Good Samaritan Society - Newell, 20.51% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percentage of patients who were given antianxiety medications. These medications are prescribed to residents experiencing anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Good Samaritan Society - Newell, 7.69% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients showing signs of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Good Samaritan Society - Newell, 97.73% of Patients

This is the percent of patients that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Good Samaritan Society - Newell, 14.29% of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term care residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and using the bathroom. Many in the industry would argue that this is a reasonable measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A

In Good Samaritan Society - Newell, 25.02% of Residents

Measures the percentage of long-term residents who remained mobile levels. Some would argue that the ability to move around is vital to patients health.


Grade: A-plus

In Good Samaritan Society - Newell, 0.34 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: D

In Good Samaritan Society - Newell, 25.02% of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Buena Vista Regional Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 11.23 miles away1525 West 5th Street Storm Lake Iowa 50588Government - Local(712) 732-4030
  • Loring HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 12.89 miles away211 Highland Avenue PO Box 217 Sac City Iowa 50583Voluntary non-profit - Private(712) 662-7105
  • Pocahontas Community HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 19.22 miles away606 N W 7th Street Pocahontas Iowa 50574Government - Local(712) 335-3501

Nearby Dialysis

  • Renal Center of Storm Lake, LLC10.4 miles away1426 N Lake Ave Storm Lake Iowa 50588Dialysis Stations: 16 (712) 732-6900