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December 18, 2015 – Harris, N.Y. –

Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Awards
Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Skilled Nursing Unit 5-Stars for Overall Quality

The Skilled Nursing Unit at Catskill Regional Medical Center is proud to have received a 5-Star rating for overall quality and quality measures on The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nursing Home Compare public reporting Web site. The primary goal of this rating system is to provide residents and their families with another way to understand assessment of nursing homes quality. The nursing home ratings come from Health inspections, Staffing and Quality measures. To view Nursing Home Compare, visit

The Skilled Nursing Unit at Catskill Regional Medical Center is a 64-bed facility that prides itself on providing the highest quality of care for individuals requiring both long-term care and short-term rehabilitation.

Dr. Gerard Galarneau, Catskill Regional Medical Center CEO/CMO said, “We are extremely proud of our Skilled Nursing Unit and the dedicated and compassionate staff that care for our residents.  A 5-star rating is further evidence that Catskill Regional Medical Center is fully committed to improving the health of our community.”
Nursing homes that participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs have an onsite standard comprehensive survey annually on average. Surveys are unannounced and are conducted by a team of health care professionals. State survey teams spend several days in the nursing home to assess whether the nursing home is in compliance with federal requirements. Certification surveys provide a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home, including assessment of such areas as medication management, proper skin care, assessment of resident needs, nursing home administration, environment, kitchen/food services, and resident rights and quality of life.

Pamela Banker Mann, Catskill Regional Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit Administrator said, “Achieving a 5-star Overall Quality Rating is truly a team effort, but I want to particularly recognize Werner Escobar, DON, and Valerie Michaels, MDS Coordinator, for their profound impact on improving the overall quality of nursing care that is provided to our Residents and the documentation that helps support our efforts.”

Within the Skilled Nursing Unit, caregivers promote the highest level of independence and the best medical care in a home-like setting. The unit features both private and semi-private rooms with breathtaking views of the Catskill Mountains. Residents have spacious activity rooms, lounges, sunrooms and internet access. During the warmer months, residents are able to enjoy the beautiful Woodland Wildings Garden, located on the grounds for both residents and their family members.

The Skilled Nursing Unit also offers the distinct advantage of being on the campus of Catskill Regional Medical Center. In the event of a medical crisis, qualified medical experts are just a few steps away. In addition, a great emphasis has been placed on rehabilitation and successfully transitioning residents back in to the community. The therapy team provides resident specific programming right in the unit.

The health services provided at the Skilled Nursing Unit allow for complete access to the full range of medical services offered at the hospital- 24-hour skilled nursing care; rehabilitation services; physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapies; podiatry services; dental care; and laboratory and radiology services.

To learn more about the Skilled Nursing Unit at Catskill Regional Medical Center, please visit or call 845-794-3300 extension 2193.

Catskill Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

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