February 26th, 2003

Great River Klein Center is among about 15 percent of nursing homes nationwide and one of 70 in Iowa participating in the Nursing Home Quality Initiative recently launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The initiative combines health-care quality information for consumers with new educational resources for nursing homes to improve the quality of care for residents.

“Providing the best possible care for our residents has always been our mission,” Klein Center Administrator Dick Miller said. “We are excited about the new resources available to help us bring quality of care to an even higher level. The national focus gives us an opportunity to share information and learn from other facilities.”

The Iowa Foundation for Medical Care, the state’s Medicare quality-improvement organization, and other long-term-care associations and advocacy groups are providing no-cost educational and technical assistance to the Klein Center.

In January, the Consumers’ Research Council of America named the Klein Center one of America’s Top Nursing homes. The council is the nation’s leading consumer group that evaluates professional services throughout the country.

As part of the Nursing Home Quality Initiative, Medicare is providing information about nursing home quality to consumers to help them make informed decisions. This information is available by calling (800) MEDICARE or visiting its Web site, www.medicare.gov.