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Helen Bernardy Center Ranked Among Nation’s Best Nursing Homes

San Diego – February 7, 2012 – For the fourth consecutive year, The Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego has been named to the Honor Roll in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes, released today. The 2012 U.S. News Honor Roll highlights 39 nursing homes with perfect performance ratings over the past year. With 15,500 facilities nationwide, the honor places the Bernardy Center among the nation’s elite.

“Only one home in 400 is able to meet Honor Roll standards by getting the highest possible rating in every category for all four quarters of 2011,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor.

“We are thrilled to once again be ranked among the nation’s best,” said Pamela Dixon, Director of the Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children at Rady Children’s. “This honor reflects the unwavering commitment of our interdisciplinary team of caregivers to provide effective, individualized care to each of our residents. “

Registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, licensed respiratory therapists, and certified nursing assistants provide 24-hour nursing care to all residents at the Bernardy Center. Attending physicians monitor all residents regularly, at which time the resident’s treatment plan and any specialist recommendations are reviewed.

U.S. News’s Best Nursing Homes recognizes top-rated homes in all 50 states and offers important guidance to families and healthcare providers caring for people in need of a nursing home.

U.S. News’s evaluation of nursing homes is based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer website run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The government agency sets and enforces standards for nursing homes (defined as facilities or portions of facilities enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid that provide 24-hour nursing care and other medical services).

Homes earn an overall rating of one to five stars, as well as up to five stars in each of three underlying categories: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care. U.S. News updates each nursing home’s ratings data quarterly.

Using the search tools available at, consumers can identify homes in their state, city or ZIP code, tailor their search to see only non-profit homes or those that accept Medicaid insurance, or in other ways find the best fit.