North Shore-LIJ’s Stern and Orzac Facilities Recognized by US News & World Report in 2012 Best Nursing Homes

GREAT NECK, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Stern Family Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation (CECR) in Manhasset and the Orzac CECR in Valley Stream have earned the top five-star overall quality ranking in US News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes report released today. US News’s Best Nursing Homes recognizes top-rated facilities in all 50 states and offers important guidance to families and healthcare providers caring for people in need of a nursing home.

US News' evaluation of nursing homes is based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer website run by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 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). Facilities earn an overall rating of one to five stars, as well as up to five stars in each of the three following categories: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care. 

Of more than 15,500 nursing homes rated and profiled on the US News website, North Shore-LIJ’s Stern Family and Orzac CECRs were among the fewer than one in eight that received a five-star overall quality rating in all four quarters of 2011.  The Best Nursing Homes 2012 is available at:

 According to US News, more than three million Americans will spend part of this year in a nursing home.  “Nursing homes in New York and across the country vary in quality of care and the healthcare services they provide to residents,” said Maureen E. McClusky, executive director of the North Shore-LIJ Stern and Orzac facilities.  “Earning US News' five-star quality ranking  for our two facilities is a top honor, thanks to the dedication of our clinical teams and our entire staff.  The report also gives concrete quality measures consumers can access on the internet to help them select the best nursing home for family members or loved ones.” 

The Stern facility, with 256 beds, is located on the campus of North Shore University Hospital.  The 120-bed Orzac center is on the grounds of Franklin Hospital.  Both specialize in short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and extended care services.

To contact the Orzac Center, call: 516-256-6700 or the Stern Family Center, at 516-562-8000, or go to


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