Palo Alto County Hospital is in Emmetsburg, Iowa. This nursing home is an A+ facility. Receiving an A+ in our rating scheme requires superb scores across the board. In addition, this is a hospital-based nursing home, which may add peace of mind for prospective patients with significant health conditions. This nursing home was also given strong grades in all of the major categories we assessed. More information about these categories can be found below.
Palo Alto County Hospital
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
3201 First Street,
Emmetsburg IA 50536
98.18% estimated occupancy 1
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- No Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Government - County
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Best Nursing Home in Emmetsburg, Iowa Awards 2019
Top Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Emmetsburg, Iowa Awards 2020
Top Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2021
Best Nursing Home in Emmetsburg, Iowa Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to being a great overall grade, this facility also received A+ health inspections in recent years. Its inspections were virtually flawless. Inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these factors by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. While this nursing home had some minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G through L. This tells you CMS didn't 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.
Long-term Care Quality
An additional reason we graded this facility so favorably is that it was awarded an A+ long-term care grade. This is simply as elite as it gets in this area. When facilities receive this type of grade in long-term care it is a good sign for resident care and indicates that the nursing home is well-staffed with nurses and aids. Once we looked at the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination data. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is much higher than the majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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To complement its strong performance in other areas, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for our inspections rating. The nursing grade includes many datapoints, most of which are based on quantities of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality-based metrics and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by having a protocol of moving residents more often.
Short-term Care Quality
In our last area, we gave this nursing home a grade of A+ for our short-term care rating. This topped off a very impressive report card. With our short-term care rating, we seek to forge a sound measure for rehabilitation services. In doing so, we look at a nursing home's levels of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, based on the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of patients that ultimately returned home from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Palo Alto County Hospital Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Palo Alto County Hospital, 6.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This statistic measures the percent of long-term stay residents which suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are a solid barometer of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Palo Alto County Hospital, 3.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a fall which resulted in major injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Palo Alto County Hospital, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a barometer of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often linked to worse hygiene protocols. However, this metric can also be misleading for some facilities due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Palo Alto County Hospital, 17.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term care residents which were administered antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents in situations where such drugs are not medically indicated. Nevertheless, some nursing homes may need to rely on these medications due to having more residents with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Palo Alto County Hospital, 19.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic tells you the percent of long-term care residents taking antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Palo Alto County Hospital, 4.67% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents demonstrating symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Palo Alto County Hospital, 93.67% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Palo Alto County Hospital, 17.07% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Palo Alto County Hospital, 16.9% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percent of patients that remained mobile levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Palo Alto County Hospital, 1.48 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. There is a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Palo Alto County Hospital, 16.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is typically a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.
- Palo Alto County HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 0 miles away3201 1st Street Emmetsburg Iowa 50536Government - Local(712) 852-5500