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Good Shepherd Health Center

  • Nursing Home
  • Home Health Agency
  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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Good Shepherd Health Center's website

302 Second Street Ne,
Mason City IA 50401

(641) 424-1740

76.76% estimated occupancy 1

Good Shepherd Health Center is a very-large non-profit nursing home located in Mason City, Iowa. We awarded this facility an overall grade of D. A grade in this range generally indicates some concerning datapoints. Mason City received a city grade of B-, so there are some other options in the city worth looking at. Despite all this, one of the few highlights of this facility's profile is its impressive inspection reports. You can continue reading to find out about inspections and other category scores

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • Is CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Church related
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Amputee Recovery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Pain Management
  • Lymphedema Care

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

While we were not high on this nursing home overall, we awarded it an A for our inspections rating. This score is significantly more impressive than the facility's overall grade. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in calculating these inspection ratings. One critical factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some can be quite minor. This nursing home was hit with 7 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This tells you that the inspectors didn't deem any of these deficiencies to cause an imminent risk to resident safety or health. A few minor deficiencies aren't necessarily the end of the world.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

We also want to point out that this facility received a decent grade in our nursing category. We awarded it a grade of B- in the area. There are several criteria included in this category. Most of the factors are tied to the quantity of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages just 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient on a daily basis, which is well below average. Lastly, despite not having the highest total nursing hours, this facility performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is generally a good indicator that a nursing home has sufficient quality controls in place.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: D

This facility's second lowest score was short-term care, where it received a grade of just D in that category. This is a well below average score. Our short-term care scores are vital for patients seeking rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally mandates higher levels of highly-skilled nursing services. This includes a wide range of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other types of therapy. With a grade in this range in this area, we weren't shocked to find this nursing home was below average in several staffing figures we looked at. It offered far fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per patient than most other facilities. The last datapoint we looked at in this area is the percentage of patients who ultimately were able to return home from the nursing home. This nursing home struggled quite a bit in this metric as well, with just 3.1 percent of its patients returning home. Unfortunately, this was well below the national average.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: F

The last area we looked at was long-term care. It received an abysmal F in this area, which is an abysmal score. Nursing homes that receive this kind of grade in this category may not provide the kind of consistent around the clock care that some other facilities offer. Once we assessed the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination records. This facility vaccinated 93.59606 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which happens to be a bit lower than we expected but still a decent percentage. Surprisingly, this facility was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility had less hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes. 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 18Sep 22

Good Shepherd Health Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Good Shepherd Health Center, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols reduces the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: C

In Good Shepherd Health Center, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure measures the percent of long-term patients that have experienced falls leading to serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be a sign of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-plus

In Good Shepherd Health Center, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of patients who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely linked to a facility with worst hygiene practices. Nevertheless, this metric can be misleading for some facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Good Shepherd Health Center, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. In limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Good Shepherd Health Center, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety medications are given to residents suffering from depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Good Shepherd Health Center, 4.48% of Patients

This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who are showing symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In Good Shepherd Health Center, 94.58% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home residents, making these vaccines critical to patient care.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-minus

In Good Shepherd Health Center, 16.82% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as taking medications and continence. Many argue this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-plus

In Good Shepherd Health Center, 19.24% Percentage of Residents

This metric tracks the percentage of long-term residents who retained mobility levels.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Good Shepherd Health Center, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is critical to the physical well-being of residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Good Shepherd Health Center, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Good Shepherd Health Center, 11.86 Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-minus

In Good Shepherd Health Center, 79.45% Percentage of Resident

This indicates the percentage of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.

Scores for Mason City, IA

  • Overall Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of B-plus
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of C
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus

Looking for more options? Mason City, Iowa has 3 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Mercy Medical Center-North IowaAcute Care Hospitals 1.09 miles away1000 Fourth Street Sw Mason City Iowa 50401Voluntary non-profit - Private(641) 428-7000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fmc - Mason City3.52 miles away910 N Eisenhower Ave Mason City Iowa 50401Dialysis Stations: 21 (641) 423-6015