Nursing Home Spotlight: NHC Healthcare, Bristol, VA


NHC Healthcare is a, 120 bed nursing home located in Bristol, Virginia.  According to the government’s Medicare website, the facility received only one out of five stars, which is a much below average rating.  In the past year, the nursing home had sixteen health deficiencies, which is eight more than the average number of health deficiencies in Virginia and eight more than in the United States.  The number of health deficiencies has increased steadily over the past two years, especially in the area of qualify care.

The Virginia Department of Health is in charge of licensing for Virginia nursing home facilities.  The facilities are inspected every two years for state licenses and every twelve months under Medicare/Medicaid certification.

According to the Medicare report, the facility was given a rating of two out of five, meaning minimal harm or potential for actual harm in the following areas:

  • Give each resident care and services to achieve the highest quality of life possible
  • Give professional services that meet a professional standard of quality
  • Make sure that each resident’s nutritional needs are met
  • Develop a complete care plan for each resident
  • Do a new assessment after any major changes in resident’s physical or mental health
  • Make sure that the nursing home area is free of dangers that cause accidents

The sixteen health deficiencies in the past year contributed to the facility receiving one out of five stars.  These many deficiencies are a major concern for the health and safety of residents.

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