Signature HealthCARE touts COVID successes amid reform talks

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A major nursing home operator has praised the success of its providers in responding to COVID-19 even as questions about the quality of care in nursing homes take center stage at the federal level.

“We realize that our call to serve the most vulnerable in our communities and those most vulnerable to COVID-19 puts us under a larger microscope, and we and our heroic staff have taken on that responsibility,” Mark Wortley, Chief Operating Officer of Signature HealthCARE, based in Louisville, KY, said in a statement Monday.

“While we, and the healthcare industry as a whole, are not without losses in this pandemic, our numbers tell a brave story that is not being told by the media,” he added.

Results released by Signature showed on Monday that it recorded an overall recovery rate of 94% among residents and staff diagnosed with COVID-19.

Federal data shows that, on average, Signature admitted 42 COVID-positive patients per center, while the national average for COVID-positive admissions per center sits at 27. These are numbers that have led some to misinterpret the levels. quality of care.

The company, which operates more than 100 skilled nursing, home care, assisted living and home care facilities in 10 states, has opened more than 70 COVID units at its facilities during the pandemic. It had a death rate of 12.5% ​​per resident COVID case, which is lower than the reported national average of 16.3%.

The company’s report comes after the release of USA Today’s highly critical survey that highlighted a five-month increase from October 2020 to February 2021, when approximately 71,000 nursing home residents died of COVID. -19.

Signature noted that it spent about $80 million on COVID-related expenses from March 2020 to February 2022.

The company credited investments in its personalized viral mitigation platform, infection prevention, vaccination program and 24/7 care resource line for its pandemic success. . Executives also touted the company’s COVID data transparency to federal health officials.

“We know that we are not immune to imperfection, as no human being or healthcare system is, but to focus on just one healthcare sector and continually hit the industry is shameful,” said Wortley. “Our heroes deserve better.”

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