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.
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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 - Kingsport
Brian Ctl Health and Rehab Center - Weber City
Christian Care Center of Johnson City
Ridgecrest Manor Nursing and Rehab. Center - Duffield, Va.
Life Care Center of Elizabethton
Grace Healthcare of Abingdon
Brookhaven Manor - Kingsport
Wexford house - Kingsport
Greystone Health Care Center - Blountville
Church Hill Care and Rehab Center - Church Hill
NHC Healthcare - Johnson City
Lakebridge Health Care Center - Johnson City
NHC Healthcare - Bristol
Asbury Place - Johnson City
Rogersville Care and Rehab Center - Rogersville
Greeneville Care and Rehab Center - Greeneville