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Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare

October 03, 2013 09:00 ET

Alta Vista Rehabilitation & Healthcare Earns Brownsville's Only Top Quality Rating From Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

BROWNSVILLE, TX--(Marketwired - October 03, 2013) - Alta Vista Rehabilitation & Healthcare, Brownsville's premier skilled nursing and post-acute rehabilitation facility, has earned the coveted Five-Star Overall Quality Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The five-star rating is the highest quality rating awarded by CMS to nursing facilities in the United States. In Brownsville, Alta Vista Rehabilitation & Healthcare is the only skilled nursing facility with a five-star rating.

"The Brownsville community can pride itself in having a skilled nursing facility with the highest possible quality rating to take care of its own," said Jose Rolando Amado, Executive Director of Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare. "And we are proud of Norma Guerrero, our Director of Nursing, and our wonderful nursing and therapy departments who, in only three years, have taken our patient care to the next level," he added. 

Dr. Lorenzo Pelly, Alta Vista's Medical Director, explained that the top rating was the result of a concerted long-term effort dubbed the "Alta Project" to improve quality outcomes and care. Among other benefits, "the implementation of the Alta Project resulted in much lower-than-average hospital readmission rates, and better communication between hospitals and Alta Vista," he said.

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing facilities more easily. The system gives each nursing facility a quality rating of between one and five stars, with five being the highest rating. The system scores nursing facilities on State health inspections looking back three years, staffing patterns, and specific quality measures that offer information about how well the nursing facility is caring for its patients' physical and clinical needs. Ratings are published by CMS on its Nursing Home Compare website at

About Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare 

Alta Vista Rehabilitation & Healthcare is a CMS five-star rated, 100-bed skilled nursing community in Brownsville, Texas, providing residents with superior short- and long-term skilled nursing care. Our highly-trained and experienced staff ensures residents receive individualized, warm and compassionate attention while providing a wide range of healthcare services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy and around-the-clock nursing care. Alta Vista is an independent operating subsidiary of The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENSG) based in Mission Viejo, California. For more information, please visit or call Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare at (956) 546-5358.

About Ensign

The Ensign Group, Inc.'s independent operating subsidiaries provide a broad spectrum of skilled nursing and assisted living services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, home health and hospice services, and other rehabilitative, healthcare and diagnostic services for both long-term residents and short-stay rehabilitation patients at 119 post-acute, assisted living and seniors housing facilities, nine home health companies, seven hospice companies, six urgent care locations and a mobile diagnostic business, all spread across California, Arizona, Texas, Washington, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Nebraska and Oregon. More information about Ensign is available at

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