New York State Veteran's Homes and Helen Hayes Hospital Named By U.S. News & World Report Among the Best Facilities Providing Skilled Nursing Services In New York

Less Than 20% of the More Than 15,000 Facilities Throughout the U.S. Received this Recognition

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ALBANY, N.Y. (December 11, 2023) – The New York State Department of Health congratulates our staff at the NYS Veterans Homes in Batavia, Oxford, and St. Albans, and Helen Hayes Hospital, which have all recently been named among the top facilities to provide skilled nursing services in the State for 2024 by U.S. News & World Report. The nursing home in Batavia and Helen Hayes Hospital were rated 5 out of 5 overall, two of only 51 health care facilities in New York to earn that distinction.

"Our Veterans homes and Helen Hayes Hospital are important parts of the New York State Department of Health. As a Navy veteran, I am thankful for the staff who provide such excellent care and being recognized as among the best health care facilities in New York is a testament to the exceptional care our staff provides," State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said. "The compassionate work of these individuals inspires and reflects our efforts to provide the very best health care for veterans and all New Yorkers."

The rigorous U.S. News & World Report standards for Best Nursing Homes in New York is determined by state-conducted health inspections, nursing staffing, and medical quality measures. They evaluate more than 15,000 nursing homes on care, safety, infection rates, staffing, and health inspections. Of the more than 550 nursing homes in New York, the State-run Veterans Homes were cited as being among the best in the State.

State Health Facilities Management Director Ryan Ashe said, "The staff that comprise the NYS Veterans Homes and Helen Hayes Hospital continue to do a tremendous job in delivering the best quality of life and care for veterans and patients. Recognition by U.S. News & World Report is a testament to the team's efforts and the extent that we value veterans and their families, and patients, entrusted to our care."

The Batavia Veterans Home also earned a rating of 3/3, or High Performing, for the nursing home's ability to care for residents who need daily assistance with medical needs, such as administering medications, and non-medical needs, such as dressing and eating. More information about Batavia's rating can be found here.

The Veterans Home at Oxford was rated 4/5 overall and earned 3/3 rating of High Performing for its short-term rehabilitation. Short-term rehab includes post-acute care for patients recovering from a hospital stay after stroke, heart attack, infection, or accidental injury. The rating details for Oxford can be found here.

St. Albans Veterans Home in Jamaica, New York City, earned an overall rating of 4/5, with their short-term rehabilitation rated as 3/3 or High Performing. Additional rating details for St. Albans can be found here.

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw also earned a rating of 3/3, or High Performing, for short-term care in the long-term and transitional care units. More information about the rating for Helen Hayes Hospital can be found here.

To learn more about the State's veterans homes, visit here.