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Viewcrest Health Center

  • Nursing Home

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-plus
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Viewcrest Health Center's website

3111 Church Street,
Duluth MN 55811

(218) 727-8801

81.73% estimated occupancy 1

Viewcrest Health Center is one of eight available nursing homes located in Duluth, Minnesota. This facility received a strong grade of B+ overall. We found it to be better than most of the facilities in Duluth, which has a city grade of B. You can definitely do much worse than this nursing home. This facility's impressive profile was highlighted by its nursing rating, which we will address in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Amputee Recovery
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Nurse Quality

Grade: A

In addition to being a quality nursing home overall, this nursing home really excelled in the area of nursing, where it received an A. Nursing scores are based largely on levels of nurse staffing. This facility provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures 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 facility the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a policy of turning a patient more frequently.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

This nursing home fared well in our short-term care category. As a result, we awarded it a score of A- for that category, which is one of our highest scores. Short-term care grades are commonly used to score a nursing home's rehabilitation services. In order to have highly scored rehabilitation services, facilities generally need to offer better levels of highly skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists and other types of therapists. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 5.1 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B

In addition, this nursing home received a very good inspection report this year as well. For this reason, it received one of our better grades in that area with a B. Perhaps the most critical factor we look at in calculating our inspection grades is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's inspection reports. Nursing homes with higher grades in this area typically dodged the more severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. This place was hit with 7 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered severe. This tells you that the inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies to pose an imminent threat to resident health or safety. The fact that the deficiencies were relatively minor made us feel better about this inspection report.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: C

The final area we analyzed was long-term care, in which this nursing home was awarded a C. Although this is its lowest category rating, this is nevertheless not a major area of concern. For patients looking for a permanent residence as opposed to skilled nursing, long-term care grades are an important measure. Once we assessed the volume of nursing care, we next considered the facility's vaccination records. We were pleased to discover that this nursing home vaccinated 95.798325 percent of its residents for pneumonia. Lastly, this nursing home was also able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Viewcrest Health Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In Viewcrest Health Center, 6.69% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage resulting from staying in one position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Viewcrest Health Center, 4.21% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percentage of patients that have had a fall leading to severe injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Viewcrest Health Center, 2.83% of Patients had UTIs

This figure tells you the percentage of long-term care patients which have experienced UTI's. While more of these infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it is difficult to compare between facilities due to nursing homes having varying reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: C

In Viewcrest Health Center, 16.64% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is the percentage of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are given to residents for a variety of medical conditions, including cognitive disorders. Sadly, in some situations, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Viewcrest Health Center, 12.33% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percent of patients who were given antianxiety drugs. These medications are typically prescribed to residents experiencing anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B

In Viewcrest Health Center, 4.58% of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who are showing signs of depression. Some experts would argue that this is a measure of patient quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Viewcrest Health Center, 93.31% of Patients

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

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Viewcrest Health Center, 13.09% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and continence. Many would argue this is a reliable measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-plus

In Viewcrest Health Center, 18.07% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percentage of patients who remained mobile levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a great sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Viewcrest Health Center, 1.31 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Viewcrest Health Center, 18.07 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical abilities of residents.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B

In Viewcrest Health Center, 12.51 Percentage of Patients

This metric tracks the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: C

In Viewcrest Health Center, 76.76% Percentage of Resident

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of short-term residents who experienced functional improvements.

Scores for Duluth, MN

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

Looking for more options? Duluth, Minnesota has 7 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Essentia Health St Mary's Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 3.08 miles away407 East Third Street Duluth Minnesota 55805Voluntary non-profit - Private(218) 786-4000
  • St Lukes HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 3.57 miles away915 East 1st Street Duluth Minnesota 55805Voluntary non-profit - Private(218) 249-5555
  • Essentia Health St Mary's Hospital - SuperiorCritical Access Hospitals 6.58 miles away3500 Tower Ave Superior Wisconsin 54880Voluntary non-profit - Private(715) 817-7000
  • Community Memorial HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 14.74 miles away512 Skyline Boulevard Cloquet Minnesota 55720Voluntary non-profit - Private(218) 879-4641

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Medical Care - Spirit Valley2.96 miles away4700 Mike Colalillo Drive Duluth Minnesota 55807Dialysis Stations: 22 (218) 624-7787
  • Fmc Dialysis - Duluth3.25 miles away530 East 2nd St Duluth Minnesota 55805Dialysis Stations: 18 (218) 786-1533
  • Fmc Dialysis - Superior6.66 miles away3500 Tower Avenue Superior Wisconsin 54880Dialysis Stations: 8 (715) 395-2199
  • Fresenius Medical Care - Cloquet14.73 miles away512 Skyline Blvd Cloquet Minnesota 55720Dialysis Stations: 8 (218) 879-3051