Centers for Living and Rehabilitation earns high marks

Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) Centers for Living and Rehabilitation (CLR), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Bennington, recently earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

"We always work very hard to ensure patients receive the highest quality of care," said Suzanne Anair, facility administrator. "Apart from the positive comments we hear from patients themselves, this affirmation from our most important regulatory organization is the most gratifying achievement."

The CMS rating system is designed to assist the public in choosing care for themselves and their family members. Facilities are rated based on results of health inspections; levels of staffing, including the number of registered nurses providing care; and quality measures, including patient outcomes, infection rates, pressure ulcers, and falls.

"We are successful based on our consistent effort to improve, our commitment to staffing levels, and the development of processes that support excellent outcomes," Anair said. "None of this can be achieved without the hard work of our teams. I am grateful for their dedication to providing the absolute best care possible."

The number of facilities that can be given the highest rating is capped at 20 percent per state, so the rating is a reflection of both how well CLR is performing and how it compares to others in the state. To review ratings from area nursing homes, consumers can visit


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