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Washington County Hospital

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Updated Jan 1, 2021 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
Oct 18: ANov 18: ADec 18: AJan 19: AFeb 19: AMar 19: AApr 19: B+May 19: B+Jun 19: B+Jul 19: AAug 19: A+Sep 19: A+Jan 20: AMar 20: AApr 20: A+May 20: A+Jun 20: A+Jul 20: A+Aug 20: A+Sep 20: A+Oct 20: A+Jan 21: A-
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Washington County Hospital's website

400 East Polk,
Washington IA 52353

(319) 653-5481

43.02% estimated occupancy 1

Note: Data for Washington County Hospital has not been updated recently. This page shows historical performance which may not be representitive of current service levels.

Washington County Hospital is one of a mere three available facilities in Washington, Iowa. This nursing home was given an A- overall, which is one of our better scores. In addition, this is a hospital-based facility, which is a positive for prospective residents with significant health conditions. This place's impressive profile was highlighted by its inspection score, which you can find in the next section.

Quick Details

  • No Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Government - County
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Laboratory
  • X-Ray
  • Optometry
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Lymphedema Care


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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

In addition to being a strong nursing home overall, it also earned A+ inspections in recent years. Its inspections were nearly flawless. Arguably the most important factor we look at in calculating our inspection grades is deficiencies. These deficiencies are found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes with higher scores in this category most likely avoided the more severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. Fortunately, although this facility had a few minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G through L. This tells you that CMS didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

Among its many elite scores, this facility was awarded a top-shelf short-term care score. In fact, we gave it a grade of A- in that area. Our short-term care ratings are likely more critical for those needing a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically mandates additional skilled nursing. Skilled nursing means not just nursing, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that this nursing home submitted data regarding its registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. The last measure we assessed in this category is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents were able to return home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

The next category we assessed was long-term care. This facility received an above average long-term care grade, with a grade of B+ in this area. For prospective patients in need of a permanent place to live rather than rehabilitation, long-term care is a very important category. After assessing the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination record. This facility vaccinated 67.5 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which happens to be a few points less than we were hoping for but still a reasonably acceptable percentage. While its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we hoped for, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

The next category we scored is nursing. We gave this nursing home a solid grade in this area, with a B-. While this was not as high as many of its other grades, it is still not a poor grade. When determining our nursing ratings, we analyze both nursing hours and the training levels of those nurses. This particular facility provided just 0 hours of nursing care per patient per day. This figure is far below the national average. Finally, our nursing ratings also consider quality-based metrics, such as avoiding major falls. Despite not having the highest total nursing hours, this nursing home actually performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is usually a good indicator that a place has quality controls in place. Some falls could be avoided if a nursing home provides enough nurses to assist its patients.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Washington County Hospital Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Washington County Hospital, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percent of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely caused by residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: F

In Washington County Hospital, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of patients who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in major injury are routinely linked to lower levels of patient supervision. More supervision minimizes the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: F

In Washington County Hospital, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often caused by nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Better hygiene protocols can minimize the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. We want to point out that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Washington County Hospital, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of residents given antipsychotic medications. These drugs may be used for treating a variety of conditions, such as dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Washington County Hospital, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric is an indication of the percent of long-term care residents taking antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Washington County Hospital, 4.48% of Patients

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

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Washington County Hospital, 94.58% of Patients

Measures the percent of long-term stay patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Washington County Hospital, 16.82% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and using the bathroom.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Washington County Hospital, 19.24% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percent of patients who remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.


Grade: B-plus

In Washington County Hospital, 1.24 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: C

In Washington County Hospital, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical well-being of patients.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Washington County Hospital and ClinicsCritical Access Hospitals 0 miles away400 East Polk Street Washington Iowa 52353Voluntary non-profit - Other(319) 653-5481

Nearby Dialysis

  • University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics - Washington0.06 miles away414 E. Polk St. Washington Iowa 52353Dialysis Stations: 6 (319) 653-4171