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Tennessee nursing homes rank third worst in nation; 10 area homes get lowest ratings

Staff Report • Dec 18, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The Tennessean is reporting that 33 percent of Tennessee nursing homes got the worst possible rating in a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid.Only Louisiana and Georgia have poorer ratings.The first federal effort to rate nursing homes evaluates nearly 16,000 nursing homes nationwide. Most of the 319 Tennessee nursing homes in the report rated well below average, and less than 7 percent were judged well above average.Carrie Ermshar, executive director of the Tennessee Association for Services and Homes for the Aging, an organization that represents long-term care facilities, said the federal report is based upon subjective state inspections.According to the Tennessean's database nursing homes with 1 star are considered to be much below average, although they still meet Medicare's minimum requirements. No area nursing home got a 5 rating but 10 have 1 star rating.They are:Bristol Bristol Nursing Home Cambridge House ElizabethtonLife care Center of Elizabethton ErwinCenter on Aging and Health Erwin Health Care Center Johnson CityAsbury Place at Johnson City KingsportWexford House

Brookhaven ManorRogersvilleRogersville Care & Rehabilitation Center

Weber City

Brian Center Hlt & Rehab/Scott. Co.

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