Mar 25, 2014

Mary’s Meadow at Providence Place named to list of ‘Best Nursing Homes’



(Photo courtesy of Sisters of Providence Health System)

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HOLYOKE – Mary’s Meadow at Providence Place has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report with a ranking in the publication’s “Best Nursing Homes 2014,” which highlights the top nursing homes in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. The ratings cover almost 16,000 nursing homes nationwide and are available online at

“Mary’s Meadow at Providence Place has developed a reputation for providing high quality, individualized care for residents and patients in a beautiful, homelike setting,” said Daniel P. Moen, president and chief executive officer, Sisters of Providence Health System. “This recognition by U.S. News and World Report is another example of the remarkable commitment of our staff to those we serve every day. We are privileged to manage the facility for the Sisters of Providence Congregation.”

“As the first skilled nursing facility modeled on ‘the small house concept’ in New England, Mary’s Meadow at Providence Place provides an integrated social/medical model of care that puts our residents and patients at the center of everything we do,” said Sister of Providence Kathleen Popko, president of the Sisters of Providence. “ The warm, homelike environment at Mary’s Meadow, coupled with our competent and compassionate staff’s approach to care, makes the patient and resident experience unparalleled,”

“Best Nursing Homes 2014” provides data and information on care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly every nursing facility in the U.S. Each nursing home’s profile displays health and fire violations, performance in important clinical categories and how much time nursing staff spends with residents.

To create “Best Nursing Homes 2014,” U.S. News and World Report drew on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. The designation as a “Best Nursing Home” was given to facilities that recently earned the agency’s highest overall rating of five stars. 

“Staff members at Mary’s Meadow at Providence Place take great pride in the work that they do, always treating our residents, patients and their family members with respect and compassion,” said Christopher McLaughlin, chief operating officer, Mercy Continuing Care Network. “This recognition from U.S. News and World Report is the latest indication of their commitment to the delivery of high quality care.”

For the past three years, Mary’s Meadow at Providence Place has received the “Excellence in Action” award from My InnerView, the nation’s leading provider of performance-improvement solutions for the senior care industry. The “Excellence in Action” recognizes Mary’s Meadow at Providence Place for continuous quality improvement and superior resident and patient satisfaction. 

Additionally, Mary’s Meadow at Providence Place has earned deficiency-free surveys from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) for the past two years. To earn such a survey, skilled nursing facilities must successfully complete a rigorous evaluation for compliance with federal and state standards regarding staffing levels, quality of care, safety, food services and cleanliness of facilities.