The staff of Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center pose for a photo. (Courtesy of Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center)
HANCEVILLE – Each year, nursing homes undergo a recertification visit. The visit is unannounced to the facilities, and the surveys are extensive. Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center, which employs nearly 300 people, was recently recognized by the Alabama Department of Public Health for achieving a “deficiency free” survey.
According to the Alabama Nursing Home Association’s John Matson, “Every Alabama nursing home is inspected annually by a team of employees from the Alabama Department of Public Health. Their play book is a massive list of federal regulations. At Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center, a team of six inspectors spent four days combing through medical charts, interviewing residents and patients, observing staff members and reviewing every aspect of care. A nursing home must meet all the regulations to be declared ‘deficiency free.’ Being ‘deficiency free’ is the nursing home equivalent of your favorite team winning the state championship.”
Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center Administrator Donna Guthrie said, “We are very pleased and proud of our survey. The most regulated industry in our country is nuclear power. Second to nuclear is nursing homes. To have zero deficiencies is a great accomplishment!”
She continued, “For our residents, this is home. We want this to feel like home. Our staff does an amazing job every day.”
Besides the excellent medical and rehab services, the facility keeps residents busy through a full schedule of fun activities.
Guthrie estimated that of the 245 nursing homes in the state of Alabama, less than 10 will achieve deficiency free surveys.
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