The county’s top nursing homes shone once again with Grace Rehabilitation Center earning a five-star rating overall from Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare grading system – the highest possible score and in line with its ratings over the past five years.
Tiny, 24-bed Florida Baptist Retirement Center, the only nonprofit nursing home in the county, tied with 120-bed Willowbrooke Court at Indian River Estates with four stars each.
Steward Sebastian River Medical Center’s rehab center overall rating rose from three stars last year to five stars.
Randall Rees, executive director of the five-star Grace Rehab for the past 10 years, credits the nursing home’s parent company with giving the local organization the flexibility to “serve from our hearts,” he said.
“It’s a special company that allows us to do what we need to do. We try to do the right thing every day by the patients. If we’re taking care of that, the numbers fall in line.”