Riverside Rehabilitation and Convalescent Center of West Point earns best nursing home rating from US News & World Report

aluck@tidewaterreview.com

Riverside Health Rehabilitation and Convalescent Center of West Point was recently recognized for its nursing home care.

The center was rated as one of the best nursing homes in the country by U.S. News & World Report, as well as three other Riverside Health facilities, according to a news release by Riverside Health.

The ratings were published in U.S. News’ online nursing home finder, a system to help people who are looking for a nursing facility for themselves or a loved one in need of short-term rehabilitation or long-term nursing care.

The system rates more than 15,000 nursing homes and centers with data collected by the U.S. government. The West Point Riverside Health Center and three other locations also were rated “high performing” in short-stay rehabilitation, according to the news release.

Riverside of West Point also received a “better than average” overall rating, which looks at the care of short- and long-term residents.

Riverside Rehabilitation and Convalescent Center of West Point director of rehab services and interim administrator Crystal Calvert said their passion is their residents.

“We take pride in the quality of care that we provide to our residents,” Calvert said. “As our Riverside mission states, we care for others as we care for the ones we love.”

The center offers short-term rehabilitation, long-term nursing care and physical and speech therapy, inpatient and outpatient, according to Calvert.

“We usually range between 55-60 residents, with about 45 of them being here for long-term nursing care,” Calvert said.

The center also offers educational opportunities for high school and college students who are interested in the health care field. King William High School senior and pre-practical nursing student McKenzie Beall said Riverside has helped her further her interest in nursing and caring for others.

“If I can provide quality care to someone in need, I’ve done my job,” Beall said. “Being at Riverside has made me realize how important it is to care for people in the community.”

Beall and other students from high schools around the area are learning in the field at Riverside through a dual enrollment pre-practical nursing class by Rappahannock Community College in partnership with Bridging Communities Regional Technical Center.

Riverside West Point interim director of nursing Lynne Harris said her nursing staff goes the extra mile for the residents.

“Our nurses deeply care about the residents,” Harris said. “They know their favorite desserts or notice when they aren’t feeling themselves. We want to make our center comfortable and our residents happy.”

The center always is looking for caring and passionate staff. To find out more about the center, visit riversideonline.com, click on “hospitals and locations,” then “continuing care,” then “24-hour nursing care.”

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com or @ashleyrluck on Twitter

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