Belle Plaine Specialty Care Named “Best Nursing Home”

(Belle Plaine, IA – December 12, 2016)  Belle Plaine Specialty Care was named a “Best Nursing Home” by the U.S. News & World Report 2016-17 Nursing Home Finder report released last month. Nursing homes are eligible to receive this distinction if they score between a 4.5 and 5.0 on a 5.0 scale. According to the report, Belle Plaine Specialty Care received a perfect 5.0 rating and is recognized as a “Top Rated Nursing Home.”  The report uses existing federal nursing home rating information and federally reported health care data to come up with their own rating system. Criteria such as annual state survey results, medical quality measures, staffing levels and rehabilitation outcomes are all formulated to reach the rating. In all, 15,506 skilled nursing facilities in the United States were reviewed by U.S. News & World Report.  Over 2,000 were chosen in the category of “Best Nursing Home,” and in Iowa there were 60 facilities earning the honor, which accounts for roughly 12% of the nursing homes in Iowa. 

This recognition is in addition to Belle Plaine Specialty Care’s 2016 deficiency-free survey from the state of Iowa’s Department of Inspections and Appeals.  Administrator Jalissa Simmons says the caring environment the staff provide every day is the reason for their success.  “We have such a great staff who take pride in what they do and how they care for our residents. Receiving deficiency free surveys or being named a top nursing home by U.S. News and World Report’s Nursing Home Finder are achievements based on certain measurements. We don’t receive those accolades unless we meet high standards. It’s our caring staff that make the difference.”

Belle Plaine Specialty Care is a non-profit, 66-bed skilled nursing facility offering rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care, long term care and hospice care. Its parent organization is Care Initiatives, which proudly serves over 3,000 Iowans through 44 skilled nursing care locations, eight assisted living locations, three senior housing apartment locations, and six hospice office locations. Care Initiatives, based in West Des Moines, Iowa is committed to providing compassionate care for Iowans through all of life’s health transitions.   For more information about, visit or call 319.444.2500.