Walter Lawson Children's Home in Loves Park, Ill. has achieved a deficiency-free annual survey (June 2014) as administered by the Illinois State Department of Health.
"I am so proud of our team members who strive for excellence each day. It is through their efforts we were able to achieve a deficiency-free survey," said Melissa Thornbloom, Executive Director at Walter Lawson Children's Home. "At Walter Lawson, we strive to create not only a caring, friendly, and nurturing environment, but also excellent developmental programs that serve each child's unique needs. It is an honor to be recognized with this achievement through the annual deficiency-free survey," continued Ms. Thornbloom.
It is unusual for a pediatric skilled nursing facility to achieve a deficiency-free survey, meaning that all services provided at the center meet and/or exceed all state and federal standards. A deficiency-free survey in Illinois' rigorous annual examination is one of the top indications of excellence for nursing facilities.
Pediatric skilled nursing facilities are inspected annually to evaluate services and renew state licensure. Unannounced, surveyors come in to interview, observe, and check records for several days. Surveyors determine compliance with regulations governing areas such as quality of care, residents' rights, confidentiality and quality of service. If each of the many applicable regulations is met, the skilled nursing center is awarded a "deficiency-free" survey.