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NORWOOD CROSSING RATED AMONG TOP 10 PERCENT OF NURSING HOMES IN ILLINOIS

Norwood Crossing (formerly known as Norwood Park Home), a not-for-profit long-term care facility at 6016-20 N. Nina Ave. in Chicago, was ranked in the top 10 percent of nursing homes in Illinois as determined by Consumer Reports Nursing Home Quality Monitor. Only 29 nursing homes were grouped in the top category of hundreds that were surveyed. The results appeared in the September issue of Consumer Reports as part of its annual Nursing Home Watch List in conjunction with a feature article on key facts to consider when choosing a nursing home. “ We are particularly pleased to receive this special designation that comes in the wake of two consecutive perfect inspections by the Illinois Department of Public Health,” said Mike Toohey, executive director of Norwood Crossing. “It confirms our ongoing effort to make Norwood Crossing one of the

top not-for-profit nursing homes in the Chicago area. We are constantly measuring the quality of care that we offer our residents, always striving to be the best. It paid off. Norwood Crossing is one of the best in Illinois, and thanks goes to the fine staff that is keeping us there.” In conducting the investigations, Consumer Reports examined three dimensions of quality. They looked at deficiencies cited in each nursing home’s three most recent state inspection surveys, the staffing levels for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses / licensed vocational nurses and a variety of other quality indicators related to resident care. The Consumer Reports Nursing home Quality Monitor identifies for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes that are likely to provide better-quality care and those likely to provide poorer quality care. The Quality Monitor is designed to be a

guide for families in search of a top-quality nursing home. According to Consumer Reports, the most effective use of the Quality Monitor is “to look first to the potentially good facilities in your area and avoid those on the potentially bad list. Particularly worthy of consideration are any good homes close enough that you can visit often. Having a relative in a facility near you is important, and visiting frequently helps ensure better care.” In addition to Skilled Nursing Care, Norwood Crossing offers Assisted Living, Respite Care and Post-Hospitalization Care. It currently is in the process of transitioning from a long-term care facility to a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) that will encompass independent living, assisted living and nursing care on a nearly five-acre campus.

August 31, 2006