Subacute Care at Memorial Hospital of Gardena

The staff who care for patients in Memorial Hospital of Gardena’s Skilled Nursing Facility have an achievement to celebrate.

The 69-bed unit recently received an overall rating of 5 out of 5 and a long-term care rating of “High Performing” in U.S. News& World Report’s annual review of subacute care facilities.

According to Eunice Lim, RN, director of nursing for the subacute unit, this recognition is especially meaningful because the U.S. News Best Nursing Home ratings are based on the most detailed analysis of the country’s skilled nursing facilities. The long-term ratings are based on an assessment of nine quality measures, including staffing, medical outcomes, residents’ complaints, vaccinations and appropriate use of medications.

“I am proud of our staff and happy for the residents because we are doing a very good job in caring for our residents,” Lim said. “Only 16 percent of 15,000 plus skilled nursing facilities in the U.S. meet this standard.”

Lim said that she chose this area of clinical care because subacute care is a much-needed service that can make a big difference in a resident’s life.

Interim hospital CEO Matt Whaley explained that subacute care is challenging as it requires a high-level of care and specialized training, as well as specific licensing for short- and longer-term complex care.

“I am proud of our staff for achieving this honor that recognizes their hard work, and the honor reflects well on our hospital as a whole,” Whaley said.