Jamaica Hospital‰Ûªs Transitional Care Unit Listed Among Top Nursing Homes in the Nation

Contact Information:

Natifia Gaines


April 5, 2011 (Jamaica, NY)‰ÛÓ Jamaica Hospital‰Ûªs Transitional Care Unit (TCU) has recently received the highest ranking of five stars overall in the US News & World Report 2011 Best Nursing Homes for the high quality of care it provides its patients.

The rankings rely on information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces quality standards for all facilities enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. Facilities receive an overall rating, ranging from one to five stars, from the government based on the number of stars they receive in the following three categories: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care. Facilities that ranked highest in Best Nursing Homes 2011 earned overall five star rating and only about one in seven met this standard.

‰ÛÏWe are delighted about our recent accomplishment,‰Û said Dr. Angelo Canedo, Vice President of Jamaica Hospital‰Ûªs Department of Rehabilitation. ‰ÛÏBeing included on US News and World Report‰Ûªs list for top nursing home is an honor and speaks to our commitment to care.‰Û

Jamaica Hospital‰Ûªs TCU is aimed at helping patients reach a comfortable level of independence through individualized and continued care. The unit offers multi-disciplinary services to patients who, while in the hospital, still need additional time for recovery and medical management.

The unit also provides a strong emphasis on educating patients, which has ultimately promoted independence, reduced ER visits, and prevented the number of re-hospitalizations.

The TCU is staffed by a team of certified doctors and dedicated health professionals, who work collaboratively to provide multidisciplinary services, such as complex medical management, skilled nursing services, activities of daily living care provided by Certified Nursing Assistants, physical and occupational therapy, equipment and services, and much more.

‰ÛÏChoosing a nursing home for your parent or loved one is incredibly difficult,‰Û says Avery Comarow, Health Rankings Editor at US News & World Report. ‰ÛÏHomes at the top of our rankings have repeatedly shown high quality and deserve consideration.‰Û

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center serves a population greater than 1.2 million in Queens and eastern Brooklyn. This 421-bed medical center is an accredited community teaching hospital with a large network of community-based ambulatory care centers. JHMC offers an array of acute inpatient, rehabilitation and mental health services, and is one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in New York City. The hospital provides general medical, pediatric, and dental services, in addition to home health services. Jamaica Hospital Medical Center‰Ûªs mission is to serve patients and the community in a way that is second to none. For additional information, please contact Public Affairs at 718-206-6020.