Newton Kansan

The newest nursing home rankings are out — and three of the four facilities in Newton received a five star rating.

"We are fortunate in Harvey  County to have these services. Not everyone is that fortunate. We have a lot of good choices for people," said Rich Hanley, director of the Harvey County Department on Aging. "They have all done well in the past with other reviews as well."

Newton Presbyterian Manor, Asbury Park and Kidron Bethel Village all received a five star rating. Kansas Christian Home received a three star rating on the U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

In addition, two other Harvey County facilities picked up five star honors — Halstead Health and Rehabitilation Center and Schowalter Villa of Hesston. Moundrige Manor, on the county line between McPherson and Harvey Counties, was awarded a five star rating. Pine Villiage of Moundridge received a four star rating. Diversive Care of Sedgwick was awarded a four star rating.

"We should not take this for granted," Hanley said. "In other parts of the state there are fewer options, and options of less quality. We can be confident about the choices we have in this area."

The U.S. News and World Report list uses information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. CMS assigns one to five stars to each community for how well it performs in health inspections, nurse staffing and level of quality care.

Survey teams from the state conduct inspections in each community every 12 to 15 months. The surveys cover a checklist of about 180 items such as medication management, food preparation and delivery, proper paperwork, and resident enrichment activities.

Complete rankings by U.S. News and World Report are available at usnews.com/nursinghomes.