Torrance Memorial Medical Center's Transitional Care Unit (TCU) has received an Overall Quality rating of five stars (the highest possible) from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), putting it among the top 10 percent of nursing homes nationwide. The Overall Quality rating is based on performance measured in four categories: Health Inspections, Quality Measures, Staffing and Registered Nurse (RN) Staffing.
The rating system was created to help customers, families, and caregivers make informed decisions when looking for a nursing home. Ratings are calculated from points that are assigned to the results of nursing home surveys over the past three years, as well as complaint surveys. More recent surveys are weighed most heavily. The state ranks nursing homes based on their score and then assigns the appropriate number of stars based on that ranking. The top 10 percent of nursing homes nationwide receive five stars.
The nursing home inspection reports-complete with information about health code and fire code deficiencies-are available at medicare.gov/NursingHomeCompare. The website is run by the federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. The app version can be found at http://projects.propublica.org/nursing-homes and enables customers to conduct easier database searches of nursing home deficiencies and comparisons with other homes.
The TCU's role at Torrance Memorial is to optimize the patient's quality of life and to help the patient transition out of the hospital. Patients may go directly home from TCU or transition again to another level of care for continuing support, such as an acute rehabilitation unit, a lower level skilled unit, a custodial care situation or hospice care. The team assesses each patient and sets goals for discharge upon arrival into the unit. The care teams at the Torrance Memorial TCU include physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, activities specialists, nurse assistants, nutrition specialists, and others who will work with patients to devise a plan while in the TCU and for the next step in their continuing care.
About Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Founded in 1925 by Jared Sydney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a locally governed, 401-bed, non-profit medical center established to provide quality healthcare services, predominantly to the residents of the South Bay, Peninsula and Harbor communities. Torrance Memorial seeks to offer the most current and effective medical technologies rendered in a compassionate, caring manner. In 2012, it joined the ranks of the top hospitals in the nation by earning coveted Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which recognizes nursing excellence. For more information please visit: www.TorranceMemorial.org.