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Tenn. nursing homes rank fifth worst in U.S.- 16 cited below average in Tri-Cities area

Christina E. Sanchez • Feb 3, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Poorly staffed nursing homes have put Tennessee among the worst in the nation for quality of long-term care for a second year, a federal report shows.

Only four states had worse standings, according to a Tennessean data analysis. That's because Tennessee has one of the lowest staffing requirements in the country — less than half of what Medicare recommends.

"We don't think the standard is enough," said Traci O'Kelley, assistant administrator at West Meade Place, one of only two nursing homes in the Nashville area to earn top marks in the survey.

Read the full report at the Tennessean Web site.

A full PDF of the state report can be found by CLICKING HERE.

A check of the Medicare Web site containing the rankings shows that with 50 miles of Kingsport there are 16 nursing homes listed with an overall rating of much below average or below average. They are:

Much Below Average Holston Manor - KingsportBrian Ctl Health and Rehab Center - Weber CityChristian Care Center of Johnson CityRidgecrest Manor Nursing and Rehab. Center - Duffield, Va.Life Care Center of Elizabethton Grace Healthcare of AbingdonBelow averageBrookhaven Manor - KingsportWexford house - KingsportGreystone Health Care Center - BlountvilleChurch Hill Care and Rehab Center - Church HillNHC Healthcare - Johnson CityLakebridge Health Care Center - Johnson CityNHC Healthcare - BristolAsbury Place - Johnson CityRogersville Care and Rehab Center - RogersvilleGreeneville Care and Rehab Center - Greeneville

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