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Pinecrest recognized for perfect inspection score

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Mt. Morris Village President Dan Elsasser presents Pinecrest Community Director Ferol Labash with a plaque Friday in recognition of Pinecrest's perfect score in a federal inspection earlier this year. Appalauding are Jolene LeClere, Administrator of Health Services, and Meg Unger, Director of Nursing. Photo by Vinde Wells

Pinecrest Community officials and staff members were recognized last week for earning a perfect score in a federal inspection.

At a ceremony attended by village officials and Pinecrest employees on Friday, Mt. Morris Village President Dan Elsasser presented Pinecrest Director Ferol Labash with a plaque on honoring the facility for its accomplishment.

“This is just outstanding,” Elsasser said. “It’s quite a monumental task.”

Labash said that when the facility had its first federal inspection last spring it was found to be in substantial compliance with federal nursing home regulations – that means not a single citation was issued. 

“I’m very proud to say our staff worked so hard we had zero citations,” she said. “It’s quite an accomplishment.” 

The plaque reads, “The Village of Mt. Morris hereby recognizes Pinecrest Community for its ‘outstanding compliance’ with federal and state nursing home regulations.”

A team of surveyors from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services regional office in Chicago spent four days in March at Pinecrest to conduct a comparative survey. 

The team observed resident care, conducted interviews with residents, family members and staff, and reviewed policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all federal standards of care for nursing homes.  

Federal surveys are a key CMS oversight tool in ensuring the adequacy of annual state surveys.  

Only five percent of nursing homes are surveyed by federal inspectors each year.  

That means that out of approximately 1,200 long term care facilities in Illinois, Pinecrest is one of approximately 60 Illinois nursing homes to receive a federal survey this year. 

Pinecrest Community and all licensed nursing homes in Illinois are inspected each year during an unannounced visit by a team of surveyors from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

IDPH surveys are conducted to determine compliance with both state and federal nursing home regulations.  

This health survey is a significant component of the CMS Five Star Quality Rating.  

This rating includes staffing levels, and quality measures in addition to the health survey to determine a star rating from one to five stars.  

Pinecrest has held the highest 5-star rating from CMS for a number of years.

Pinecrest Community, which was started in Mt. Morris by the Church of the Brethren in 1893, is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community .  

It has grown to a community that serves approximately 175 residents and employs nearly 200 staff.  

Pinecrest offers care at all levels including duplex homes for active seniors, independent living apartment homes, intermediate and skilled nursing care, specialized memory care and short-term rehab following an illness, injury or surgery on both an inpatient and out-patient basis.  

For more information, visit the website at www.pinecrestcommunity.org or call 815-734-4103.