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Northside Health Care

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B
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Northside Health Care's website

700 Hutchins Avenue,
Gadsden AL 35901

(256) 543-7101

73.82% estimated occupancy 1

Located in Gadsden, Alabama, Northside Health Care is one of four available facilities in the city. It looks like this is a good facility. We awarded it an overall grade of B, which is a favorable score. You can definitely do much worse than this facility. The best aspect of this nursing home's impressive report card is its inspection grade. We discuss inspections in the next paragraph

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • X-Ray
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

In addition to performing well in its overall grade, this nursing home performed at an even higher level in the area of inspections. In fact, it received a nearly flawless inspection report this year. As a result, it received one of our highest grades in that category with a score of A. Inspection grades are tied to several datapoints found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that excel in this category have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these places should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. Although this place had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were major deficiencies based on CMS' deficiency scale. We should point out that deficiency-free inspections are rare in the industry.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B

Adding to its profile, this facility also earned a grade of B for its long-term care rating. This is a well above average score in this category. Nursing homes that do well in long-term care tend to provide residents with closer supervision and stay on top of routine medical care. After considering the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we turned to the nursing home's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is far higher than the average nursing home. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B

Another one of this facility's impressive category grades came in the area of nursing care. We awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with a grade of B. The nursing grade is based on several datapoints, most of which are tied to levels of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as employing a policy of moving a resident even once per day.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The last category we scored was short-term care. This nursing home was given a B- for the category. Our short-term care grades are based on a facility's quantity of skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This includes a vast spectrum of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, in addition to other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last statistic we looked at in this area is the percentage of residents who eventually returned home from the facility. We found that just 4.8 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home. This figure was below the national average.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Northside Health Care Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: D

In Northside Health Care, 9.23% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This metric tells you the percentage of long-term care residents that developed new or worsened pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are a solid measure of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Northside Health Care, 3.48% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of residents that suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls are often the result of lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A-minus

In Northside Health Care, 3.13% of Patients had UTIs

This statistic measures the percentage of long-term patients who had UTI's. UTI's may be an indication of worse hygiene protocols. However, this datapoint may be misleading for some nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In Northside Health Care, 19.45% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be vital to many patients, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Northside Health Care, 23.11% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percentage of patients given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety medications are given to patients experiencing anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Northside Health Care, 1.27% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents who are demonstrating symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A-minus

In Northside Health Care, 92.58% of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In Northside Health Care, 12.92% Percentage of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and taking a bath. Many in the industry argue that this is a measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: D

In Northside Health Care, 15.91% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percentage of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: C

In Northside Health Care, 1.62 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A

In Northside Health Care, 15.91 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-minus

In Northside Health Care, 11.46 Percentage of Patients

Measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-minus

In Northside Health Care, 73.73% Percentage of Resident

This metric measures the percentage of short-term care residents who saw functional improvements.

Scores for Gadsden, AL

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

Looking for more options? Gadsden, Alabama has 3 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Gadsden Regional Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 2.43 miles away1007 Goodyear Avenue Gadsden Alabama 35903Proprietary(256) 494-4000
  • Riverview Regional Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 3.93 miles away600 South Third Street Gadsden Alabama 35901Proprietary(256) 543-5200
  • Floyd Cherokee Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 19.39 miles away400 Northwood Dr Centre Alabama 35960Voluntary non-profit - Private(256) 927-5531

Nearby Dialysis

  • Rtc-Southeast, Lp2.52 miles away300 Medical Center Drive Suite 100 Gadsden Alabama 35903Dialysis Stations: 10 (256) 492-4970
  • Fresenius Kidney Care Gadsden Acq, LLC2.55 miles away800 Goodyear Avenue Gadsden Alabama 35903CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 22 (256) 456-1242
  • Gadsden Dialysis3.77 miles away409 South First Street Gadsden Alabama 35901Dialysis Stations: 24 (256) 547-2457
  • Fresenius Medical Care Coosa River, LLC4.01 miles away708 S 4th St Gadsden Alabama 35901Dialysis Stations: 10 (256) 439-5948
  • Rainbow City Dialysis8.3 miles away2800 Rainbow Drive Rainbow City Alabama 35906Dialysis Stations: 16 (256) 413-3245
  • Fresenius Kidney Care Attalla, LLC8.79 miles away801 Gilbert Ferry Rd Se Attalla Alabama 35954Dialysis Stations: 10 (256) 691-0766
  • Boaz Dialysis15.68 miles away16 Central Henderson Road Boaz Alabama 35957CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 12 (256) 840-5931
  • Cherokee Community Dialysis, LLC16.82 miles away485 Northwood Drive Centre Alabama 35960Dialysis Stations: 9 (256) 266-1471