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Life Care Center of South Hill, a skilled nursing and rehab facility in Puyallup, Washington, was recently named a 2018-2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Home for Short-Term Rehab.


This year, the publication changed how it lists its ratings. Centers around the country were rated in an Overall category, and those that offer short-term rehabilitation were rated in an additional category – Short-Stay Rehab. According to Mark White, vice president of specialty marketing at U.S. News, “Only 19 percent of U.S. nursing homes earned at least one badge; some earned both.”


The Short-Stay Rehab category takes into account staffing, outcomes, resident complaints and processes of care, as well as vaccination percentages, nursing staff training and other measures.


“This is an honor because it recognizes all of the hard work and dedication of each and every South Hill associate,” said Justin Polson, executive director at the center. “They are the ones who work the countless hours, nights, weekends and holidays. They sacrifice important life events to care for the patients of Life Care Center of South Hill. I am extremely humbled and grateful to be a part of a very special group of health care professionals.”


The facility is also ranked at five out of five stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.