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Columbine Earns 5 Star Ratings

Updated: Sep 28, 2023


Columbine Earns 5 Star Ratings

Columbine Ranks as Northern Colorado's Top 4 Skilled Nursing Locations


Columbine Health Systems is thrilled to announce that we have achieved a remarkable milestone: earning 5 star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This recognition places Columbine as the top choice for skilled nursing care in Northern Colorado, a testament to our unwavering commitment to providing exceptional care to our residents.


The 5 star rating signifies that Columbine Health Systems' four skilled nursing facilities – Centre Avenue, Columbine West, Lemay Avenue, and Columbine Commons – have been rated as "much above average," the highest achievement recognized by CMS. The rating encompasses several key performance categories:


1. Health Inspections

This category assesses the results of inspections conducted by state survey agencies. Inspectors rigorously evaluate a nursing home's compliance with regulations related to safety and the quality of care provided to residents.

2. Staffing

Adequate staffing is crucial for ensuring the delivery of high-quality care. The staffing rating reflects the ratio of nursing staff to the number of residents in the nursing home. At Columbine, we prioritize having a well-trained and sufficient staff to meet the needs of our residents.

3. Quality Measures

Quality measures encompass our residents' clinical and physical functioning outcomes. These measures include factors like the percentage of residents with pressure ulcers, the use of physical restraints, and the frequency of falls. We are dedicated to continuously improving the well-being of our residents.


Joel Bitner, our Chief Operating Officer, emphasizes our commitment to prioritizing residents above all else. He explains, "At Columbine, we put the residents first, and we are all here – and have jobs – because of them. Bob Wilson started Columbine – and I started here as a nurse and still work for them today – because we provide high-quality care to every resident we serve! Taking care of our staff is our next priority, as we need high-quality, well-trained caregivers to deliver the outcomes we want for the residents that we all love, which is how we became 5 star facilities."


Joel also expressed his pride in the remarkable accomplishment of the Columbine Commons team. Maintaining and operating the only across-the-board 5 star building in Northern Colorado while opening and filling The Lakes, a brand-new addition in February, is genuinely remarkable. We congratulate the dedicated team at Columbine Commons for their exceptional work.


Medicare.gov advises individuals seeking nursing home care to "use the star ratings together with other sources of information" to make informed comparisons. We encourage you to visit the Medicare website to view nursing home ratings in Northern Colorado and explore the exceptional care provided by Columbine Health Systems.


If you'd like to learn more about living at a Columbine Health Care location, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to answer your questions and provide you with the highest level of care and support.


At Columbine Health Systems, we are dedicated to excellence in care, and these 5 star ratings reflect our unwavering commitment to our residents and their well-being. Thank you for entrusting us with your care or the care of your loved ones. We look forward to continuing to serve our community with compassion and dedication.

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