Oakbrook celebrates Five Star facility rank

The staff of Oakbrook Village, in Huntington, poses during a celebration of the facility’s Five Star rating on Friday, Sept. 1. The front row includes, from left, “Brady” the golden retriever, who has been coming to the home with his nurse owner since he was 8 weeks old; Shane McVoy, Oakbrook Village administrator; Andrea Huff, Mechell Wilhelm, Casey Jones, Kristin Crump, Susan Pinkerton, Kaitlin Klemm, Sheena Gouvan, and Rod Seabolt; with other staff members gathered behind.
The staff of Oakbrook Village, in Huntington, poses during a celebration of the facility’s Five Star rating on Friday, Sept. 1. The front row includes, from left, “Brady” the golden retriever, who has been coming to the home with his nurse owner since he was 8 weeks old; Shane McVoy, Oakbrook Village administrator; Andrea Huff, Mechell Wilhelm, Casey Jones, Kristin Crump, Susan Pinkerton, Kaitlin Klemm, Sheena Gouvan, and Rod Seabolt; with other staff members gathered behind. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The staff of Oakbrook Village, in Huntington, was treated to a cookout on Friday, Sept. 1, to thank them for their part in achieving a Five Star rating for the facility.

“We just wanted to honor the staff for all their hard work,” Oakbrook Village Administrator Shane McVoy said.

The nursing home earned the rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which evaluates nursing homes on the basis of their staffing, state surveys and quality measured such as infection rates and pain management.

Oakbrook Village previously had a Four Star rating, McVoy said, but learned about a month ago that it had earned the Five Star rating, the top award from CMS, McVoy says.

The local facility had also achieved a Five Star rating in 2012, McVoy says, but adds that current requirements are more stringent than they were five years ago.
“CMS has changed their guidelines,” McVoy says. “It’s harder to get now than it was in 2012.”

Oakbrook Village currently has 41 residents.