Deerfield received its first Medicare Survey earlier in 2014, and in July 2014, we received our first Medicare Star Rating. Deerfield received a 5 star rating overall, and we also received all five stars in the other categories of Health Inspections, Staffing and Quality Measures. Out of the 420 Medicare Rated Nursing Homes in North Carolina, only 105 are 5 star rated overall, and only 6 are five-star rated in all categories. We are in the 1.4% of Nursing Homes in North Carolina that are 5 star rated in all categories and the only one in the western part of the state.
Honoring Dignity and Choice: Person-Centered Approaches to Dementia.
Deerfield Director of Nursing, Angela Littke, was awarded 2014 Nurse Administrator of the Year by NADONA, the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration Long Term Care.
Andy Strauss, a former Deerfield Board member and attorney with Strauss & Associates in Asheville was honored as “Trustee of the Year” at the Leading Age NC Conference.
Sandra Robertson received the 2014 "Service Exellence Award" from LeadingAge North Carolina on May 14th at the LeadingAge NC Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach!
Sandra has been an outstanding member of the housekeeping staff at Deerfield since 2004. Her performance as a housekeeper has been truly exemplary, both in the quality of her cleaning services and as a devoted and trusted presence in the homes of the residents she serves. These residents have been vocal in their praise of Sandra. She has been a mentor and example of what our employees proudly call "the Deerfield way" - doing every task right, thoroughly, and efficiently, every time. Deerfield residents who are so inclined can post a "Catch a Shining Star" award (on a prominent bulletin board) to express appreciation for any employee for service they believe to be exceptional. Sandra is frequently sited by the residents as one of Deerfield's Shining Stars. She has also received recognition for multiple years of perfect attendance.
Deerfield recently completed the annual Medicare resident care survey for skilled nursing and Assisted Living units. We are happy to announce that our survey by a team from the state of North Carolina ended with NO deficiencies being found, which is incredibly rare. Having a state survey team carefully review the efforts of our staff gives Deerfield the opportunity to have an objective eye on the care we deliver every day. The survey confirms the things that we are doing well and also provides direction on ways to improve in areas where improvement may be needed. The impeccable result of this survey is a testament to our efforts on behalf of the residents we are entrusted to serve.
This survey result will impact Deerfield’s star rating with Medicare, available through their “Nursing Home Compare” website. While the star rating hasn’t been fully processed yet, we anticipate it will allow us the opportunity to distinguish Deerfield from other facilities within the long term care community of Western North Carolina. Congratulations to our skilled and caring staff on this successful outcome!
Welcome to the Deerfield family Dr. Valerie Wilson, a board certified internist and geriatrician with a special research and clinical interest in cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Wilson received her medical school training at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine training at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. She then went on to complete a Geriatrics fellowship at Wake Forest University and subsequently stayed on faculty after finishing fellowship in 2012.
Dr. Wilson has served as the Outpatient Clinic Director of Wake Forest's Outpatient Geriatrics Clinic and Assistant Medical Director of Brookridge Retirement. She has worked teaching the geriatrics fellows in their primary care clinics, Memory Assessment Clinic, and in the long term care setting. She has worked on over a dozen studies at Wake Forest that focus on cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer's dementia, and will continue to be involved in various research studies with Wake Forest.