HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center, Lee Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit Earn “Best Nursing Home” Status From U.S. News and World Report

Lee Health Facilities Garner Highest Marks for Long-Term, Short-Term Care

Submitted By: Pat Dolce

Fort Myers, FL – HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center has again been listed as a 2019-2020 Best Nursing Home by U.S. News & World Report, earning two top badges for quality care. The Skilled Nursing Unit (SNU) at Lee Memorial Hospital also earned top marks for short-term care.

New this year, U.S. News is assigning most facilities two ratings – one for “short-stay rehab” and a new “long-term care” rating. This new methodology is intended to provide prospective residents who need help with daily activities, and their families, with specific information about the quality of care provided by nursing homes. The rating includes data on staffing, success in preventing ER visits and pneumonia vaccination rates, among other metrics. Out of 13,685 nursing homes that received a long-term care rating, 1,139 were designated as High-Performing, according to U.S. News.

“We’re proud to receive three ‘high-performing’ ratings from U.S. News for excellence in both short-term and long-term care,” said Dave Cato, Lee Health’s chief administrative officer of outpatient services. “Our compassionate team strives to be a national leader in quality skilled nursing and this recognition shows that we are providing the highest level of care for our patients, whatever their needs.”

HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center is one of only two facilities in Lee County that earned a “Best Nursing Home” designation for both long- and short-term care.

Analyzing data provided by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. News provides each facility a rating ranging from 1-5, with five being the highest. This rating evaluates a broad range of resident conditions and care at each nursing home, including both shorter-term rehabilitation and long-term chronic care.

HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center is a skilled nursing facility with 112 beds located adjacent to HealthPark Medical Center, where focused medical care is combined with personalized support services to help patients achieve their optimal health and independence. The SNU is an 18-bed unit within Lee Memorial Hospital that opened in 2017. Both facilities have also earned five-star ratings from CMS for top-quality care.

Additional information about each nursing home rated and about the methodology used in the ratings is available online at

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at


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