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Westridge Gardens Rehabilitation & Health Care Center get 5 star rating

Tutera’s Westridge Gardens Rehabilitation & Health Care Center Recognized on
U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Nursing Homes 2015” List

USNEWS Best Nursing Homes 2015 Badge

120-Bed Skilled Nursing Facility Earns 5-Star Rating for Third Consecutive Year

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Westridge Gardens Rehabilitation & Health Care Center — owned and operated by Tutera Senior Living & Health Care — has been recognized byU.S. News & World Report on its annual “Best Nursing Homes 2015” list. The prestigious recognition marks the community’s third consecutive year to earn a five-star rating for its consistently high standard of quality care. Westridge Gardens is a 120-bed skilled nursing facility located in Raytown, a suburb of Kansas City, Mo.

To qualify, Westridge Gardens Rehabilitation & Health Care Center had to earn an overall five-star quality rating from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. Each year, U.S. News & World Report awards a “Best Nursing Homes” designation to facilities that earned the agency’s highest overall rating of five stars for performance in three categories: state-conducted health inspections, how much time nurses spend with residents, and the quality of medical care.

“This national recognition is a tremendous honor,” said Joe Tutera, CEO of Tutera Group. “It reflects the intensive, daily dedication of the entire staff at Westridge Gardens. They continue to raise the bar in delivering Tutera’s commitment to consistent, quality care that meets the individualized needs of our residents and their families.”

Westridge Gardens’ profile on the US News & World Report website now displays a “Best Nursing Homes” badge to recognize their status as one of America’s best nursing homes. Only 22 percent of all nursing homes in Missouri earned an overall five-star rating. Westridge Gardens’ record of success also includes being recognized locally as the “Business of the Year” by the Raytown Chamber of Commerce in 2013. For more than 20 years, Westridge Gardens Rehabilitation & Health Care Center has provided a safe, residential environment offering a range of services including 24-hour skilled nursing care; physical, occupational and speech therapy, and short and long-term rehabilitation.

As one of the nation’s premier senior care providers, Tutera Senior Living & Health Care operates 47 senior living communities in 13 states.

Now in its seventh year, the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2015 highlights the top nursing homes in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. It is designed to help the several million Americans who will spend at least some time in a nursing home in 2015 rehabbing after a hospital stay or as long-term residents. On a given day, 1.4 million people, most of them 65 and older, live in nursing homes, according to U.S. News & World ReportU.S. News & World Report evaluated nearly 16,000 facilities across the country for its annual report.

Best Nursing Homes provides data and information on care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for virtually all U.S. nursing homes. A searchable database lets users find highly rated nursing homes by distance as well as by location. Each facility’s profile displays health and fire safety violations, performance in important clinical categories and how much time nursing staff spends with residents.

About Tutera Senior Living & Health Care

Tutera Senior Living & Health Care is a locally-owned diversified post-acute senior health care provider operating 47 senior living communities in 13 states throughout the United States. As one of the nation’s premier senior care providers, Tutera Senior Living & Health Care offers its residents independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, post-surgery rehabilitation, memory care and home health and hospice care.  In 1983, Dominic F. Tutera MD founded Tutera to provide compassionate patient care with the uncompromising values of integrity, accountability and commitment.  Tutera Senior Living & Health Care still embodies those values today.  Tutera is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of its residents and their families through senior living and health care experts who inspire and promote individuality and personal happiness. For more information, visit www.Tutera.com.

Raytown Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

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On Saturday, September 27th, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Raytown Police Department will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The public may bring medications for disposal to the parking lots of Raytown City Hall, 10000 E. 59th Street, or Apple Market, E. 350 Highway and Raytown Road. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

During this event, officers will be accepting unwanted prescription medications, but will not be accepting aerosols, inhalers, hypodermic syringes or other sharps.

The Raytown Police also have a receptacle for citizens to deposit their unwanted prescription drugs at any time. The mailbox-shaped, steel box is located in the lobby of Police Headquarters. The public may drop off unwanted prescription and over the counter drugs, excluding sharps/syringes, and pressurized aerosols/inhalers, at any time, anonymously. The box was donated by the Public Water Supply District #2 as a means to protect the public and our water supply.

Go Red for Women

Dear Editor:

 This year is the 10th anniversary of the Go Red for Women movement, it’s more important than ever before for women to stand side-by-side to end heart disease. It’s time to shout louder, stand stronger and demand change. It’s time for even more women to Go Red!
 
More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved. But the fight is far from over.  Because this No. 1 killer is still taking the lives of our loved ones and because heart disease is taking a woman’s life every minute.  Heart disease strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women versus men, and are often misunderstood.
 
Heart disease in women requires more attention, more research and swifter action. With the right information, education and care, heart disease can be treated, prevented and even ended.
 
Together, we can end heart disease. Join me, and millions of other women across the country by wearing a red, our public symbol of the fight, on National Wear Red Day – Friday, February 7th
 
We must not be silent.  Raise your voice!! 
 
LaTasha James, Go Red Ambassador