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Smith Health Care

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: C
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Smith Health Care's website

453 South Main Road,
Mountain Top PA 18707

(570) 868-3664

77.02% estimated occupancy 1

Smith Health Care is located in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. This facility received an overall grade of C, which is a respectable grade. This place seems to have some things working in its favor. The best part of this place's report card is its remarkable inspection rating. Inspection grades are discussed 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 Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

We want to point out that this nursing home outperformed its overall score in the category of inspections. In fact, it received an excellent government inspection report this year. As a result, we gave it one of our best scores in that category with an A. Arguably the most significant factor we consider in calculating our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's inspection reports. Nursing homes with better scores in this area most likely dodged the more severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. This place received 5 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none were considered to be major deficiencies. This indicates that the inspectors didn't deem any of these deficiencies to be an imminent threat to patient health or safety. A few minor deficiencies should not lead you to cross a nursing home off your list.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B

In addition, we awarded this nursing home a grade of B in our nursing category. This is one of our better grades. Our nursing score is mostly based on a nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this facility 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 nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a system of moving residents more frequently.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The next area we looked at is short-term care. In that category, we gave this nursing home a solid grade of B-. In the area of short-term care, we strive to qualify indicators of a facility's rehabilitation services. We assess a nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as the ones performed by registered nurses and physical therapists. In this place's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less registered nurse and physical therapist hours per patient than the typical facility. The hope is that this does not adversely affect the quality of care. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of patients that ultimately were able to return home from this facility. We found that 4.2 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home. This figure was actually quite a bit below average.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: F

This facility's weakest category was long-term care, which is the final area we scored. We gave it a lowly F for this area. Despite some solid scores in other categories, this score is still disappointing so we would like to to make a note of it. For long-term care residents, the facility's primary goal is to keep patients as healthy and safe as possible. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate patients. Once we looked at the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination record. We were pleased to learn that this nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia. Surprisingly, this place also fared well at keeping its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. Unfortunately, some of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Smith Health Care Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: D

In Smith Health Care, 7.72% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percentage of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a measure of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Smith Health Care, 3.42% of Patients had Serious Falls

This metric indicates the percentage of long-term residents who have suffered falls which caused major injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be a sign of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-minus

In Smith Health Care, 1.92% of Patients had UTIs

This statistic tells you the percent of long-term patients who sustained urinary tract infections. UTI's may be a sign of poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this datapoint could be misleading for some nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A

In Smith Health Care, 15.49% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric tells you the percent of long-term residents who were given antipsychotic medication. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior in scenarios where such drugs aren't medically indicated. Nevertheless, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these drugs due to an increased number of patients suffering from cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-plus

In Smith Health Care, 19.89% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percent of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are generally given to patients experiencing depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B

In Smith Health Care, 3.23% of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term care residents who are showing depressive symptoms. Some argue this is a reliable measure of quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Smith Health Care, 88.5% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-minus

In Smith Health Care, 15.28% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living may indicate decline of a resident's medical condition.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Smith Health Care, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

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

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A-plus

In Smith Health Care, 8.84 Percentage of Patients

This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the quality of rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Smith Health Care, 72.22% Percentage of Resident

This tells you the percentage of short-term residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Wilkes-Barre General HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 9.73 miles away575 North River Street Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania 18764Voluntary non-profit - Private(570) 829-8111
  • Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 10.93 miles away1000 East Mountain Boulevard Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania 18711Voluntary non-profit - Private(570) 826-7300
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital - HazletonAcute Care Hospitals 12.43 miles away700 East Broad Street Hazleton Pennsylvania 18201Government - Local(570) 501-4000
  • Berwick Hospital CenterAcute Care Hospitals 16.3 miles away701 East 16th Street Berwick Pennsylvania 18603Proprietary(570) 759-5020

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Nanticoke6.68 miles away450 West Main Street Nanticoke Pennsylvania 18634Dialysis Stations: 13 (570) 740-4820
  • The Kidney Center of Greater Hazleton10.17 miles away426 Airport Road 2 Beltway Commons Hazleton Pennsylvania 18202Dialysis Stations: 21 (570) 450-0870
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Wilkes Barre10.45 miles away307 Laird Street, Suite 1 Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania 18702CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 33 (570) 825-9531
  • Bio-Medical Applications of Pennsylvania, Inc.10.45 miles away309 Laird Street Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania 18702Dialysis Stations: 4 (570) 822-1280
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Hazleton13.61 miles away110 Butler Drive Hazleton Pennsylvania 18201Dialysis Stations: 12 (570) 454-3558
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Pittston16.36 miles away455 North Main Street Pittston Pennsylvania 18640Dialysis Stations: 13 (570) 655-4115
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Berwick16.8 miles away301 Market Street Berwick Pennsylvania 18603Dialysis Stations: 13 (570) 752-9180
  • Old Forge Dialysis19.68 miles away325 South Main Street Old Forge Pennsylvania 18518Dialysis Stations: 12 (570) 457-3174