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Quality Improvement Group Recognizes Roosevelt Care Center For Exceeding Benchmarks

May 16, 2008 -- Roosevelt Care Center in Edison was recognized by a national quality improvement organization for exceeding the quality care targets in two areas: chronic care pain and physical restraints.

Roosevelt, owned and operated by the Middlesex County Improvement Authority, was honored for the successes it made as a voluntary participant of the nationwide Nursing Home Quality Initiative, a three-year project sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Care Center was recognized during a recent awards ceremony hosted by Healthcare Quality Strategies Inc., which is under contract to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, to improve the quality of services in long-term care centers.

Roosevelt is one of 9,600 nursing homes that participate in the STAR system, developed by Healthcare Quality Strategies Inc. The facilities use STAR, a web-based tool that provides methods to set improvement targets and to help track performance goals. STAR is available to all Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes.

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Dr. Frank Damiani, Administrator and Director of Resident Care, said: “We are always grateful for an opportunity to improve care, and the STAR site has encouraged us to raise the bar in terms of care. It is a credit to the entire nursing staff that we have surpassed the benchmarks in these two important care areas.”

“These are important initiatives that we felt could help significantly improve healthcare outcomes for our residents,” Damiani said. “Our goal is to extend these successes to additional clinical areas.” .

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