Providence Valdez Medical Center is the sole option we found in Valdez, Alaska. This facility appears to be ranked among the better facilities we looked at. A grade in this range requires very strong marks across the board. In fact, this facility ended up being one of the top 25 nursing homes in Alaska. This place's strong profile was highlighted by its nursing score, which is addressed in the next paragraph.

Additional Details:

Accepts Medicare 1 : TrueA checkmark indicating true.

Accepts Medicaid 1 : 10 Beds TrueA checkmark indicating true.

CCRC : FalseUsed to indicate false.

Government - City

Resident Council: TrueA checkmark indicating true.

Family Council: TrueA checkmark indicating true.

Nurse Quality

A
Oct 18: A+Nov 18: A+Dec 18: A+Jan 19: AFeb 19: AMar 19: AApr 19: AMay 19: AJun 19: AJul 19: AAug 19: ASep 19: AJan 20: AMar 20: AApr 20: AMay 20: AJun 20: AJul 20: AAug 20: A
Historical

On top of earning a great overall grade, this facility also received an excellent nursing grade, with an A. Nursing scores are tied to quality and quantity of nursing care. This facility provided 10.1 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This was one of the better figures we found. In addition, we found that a significant percentage of this care was provided by registered nurses, which are highly skilled nurses. These are both really impressive figures. On top of providing high levels of nursing care, this nursing home was also above average in several of the major quality-based metrics we looked at in this category. It performed well in the area of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls.

Facility Inspections

A
Oct 18: ANov 18: ADec 18: AJan 19: AFeb 19: AMar 19: AApr 19: A+May 19: A+Jun 19: A+Jul 19: A+Aug 19: A+Sep 19: A+Jan 20: A+Mar 20: AApr 20: AMay 20: AJun 20: AJul 20: AAug 20: A
Historical

In addition, this nursing home also earned a nearly flawless government inspection report. As a result, it received one of our best grades in that area with an A. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing these inspection ratings. One of those factors is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some are quite minor. While this facility had some deficiencies on its report, none of them were major deficiencies based on CMS' deficiency scale. We should note that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in this industry.

Short-term Care Quality

A-
Oct 18: A-Nov 18: A-Dec 18: A-Jan 19: A-Feb 19: A-Mar 19: A-Apr 19: A-May 19: A-Jun 19: A-Jul 19: A-Aug 19: A-Sep 19: A-Jan 20: A-Mar 20: A-Apr 20: A-May 20: A-Jun 20: A-Jul 20: A-Aug 20: A-
Historical

The next category we analyzed was short-term care. Contributing to its dominant profile, this facility also excelled in that area. In fact, we gave it a grade of of A- for the category. In crafting our short-term care grades, we look at the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. Our objective is to formulate a scale for comparing the rehabilitation services of different facilities. This nursing home elevated its grade in this category by offering more care from registered nurses to its residents than the average facility. Finally, we considered the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.

Long-term Care Quality

B-
Oct 18: A+Nov 18: A+Dec 18: A+Jan 19: A+Feb 19: B-Mar 19: B-Apr 19: B-May 19: B-Jun 19: B-Jul 19: B-Aug 19: B-Sep 19: B-Jan 20: B-Mar 20: B-Apr 20: B-May 20: B-Jun 20: B-Jul 20: B-Aug 20: B-
Historical

The last area we analyzed is long-term care. In this area, we gave this facility a decent grade of B-. This actually was this nursing home's weakest category. Our long-term care grade is typically used to measure a facility's performance as a traditional convalescent home, as opposed to focusing more on the skilled nursing services offered by a skilled nursing facility. On top of providing favorable levels of nurse staffing, this nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccine to 100 percent of its residents. This percentage is better than the majority of nursing homes. Finally, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Overall Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

Aug 20
Provider:
A-
State:
A-
National:
B
FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Nov 18Dec 18Jan 19Feb 19Mar 19Apr 19May 19Jun 19Jul 19Aug 19Sep 19Oct 19Dec 19Jan 20Mar 20Apr 20May 20Jun 20Jul 20Aug 20
Overall Rating
Nurse Rating
Long-Term Rating
Short-Term Rating
Inspection Rating

Providence Valdez Medical Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Serious Falls

This indicates the percentage of patients that have had a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are often caused by lower quality nursing care. Closer supervision limits the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Provider
B
3.23%
State
B+
3.6%
National
B
3.36%

Percent of Patients with Serious Falls
Lower is Better

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

This is the percent of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a barometer of nursing care . UTI's are often the result of a facility with lower levels of hygiene. Nevertheless, this datapoint could also be skewed for certain nursing homes due to different reporting standards for infections.

Provider
A+
0%
State
B+
2.57%
National
B
2.66%

Percent of Patients with UTIs
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

This measures the percentage of long-term patients that are given antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents in scenarios where such drugs aren't medically required. However, some facilities may need to rely more on these medications due to having more residents suffering from dementia.

Provider
A
6.45%
State
B+
10.9%
National
B
14.15%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients taking antianxiety drugs.

Provider
B
19.35%
State
A-
14.57%
National
B
19.69%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Managing Depression Among Residents

Measures the percent of long-term care patients demonstrating signs of depression.

Provider
A+
0%
State
B-
8.02%
National
B+
5.11%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

This indicates the percent of patients that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Provider
A
100%
State
B
91.44%
National
B
92.01%

Percent of Patients
Higher is Better

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Measures the percentage of long-term care residents who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and continence.

Provider
B-
16%
State
B+
13.73%
National
B
14.47%

Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better