Larsen Pavilion at Shell Point Earns Five-Star Rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( February 26, 2015) – The Larsen Pavilion at Shell Point Retirement Community recently earned a Five-Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for overseeing the quality ratings of skilled nursing facilities that participate in Medicare or Medicaid.

The Five-Star Quality Rating System is used to rank nursing facilities in order to provide residents and their families with an easy-to-understand assessment of nursing home quality, and to make meaningful distinctions between high- and low-performing nursing homes.

The rating system reviews facility performance for four types of performance measures: health inspections (measures based on outcomes from state health inspection surveys), staffing (measures based on staffing levels), RN staffing (measures based on RN staffing levels), and quality measures (based on the CMS Minimum Data Set that records outcomes of care).

The Larsen Pavilion received a coveted five out of five star rating overall, as well as five out of five stars in the categories of quality measures, staffing, and RN staffing, placing it in the top 10 percent of the best nursing facilities in the nation.

“We are honored to receive the five-star rating by CMS,” said Sherry Brown, director of skilled nursing and Larsen Pavilion administrator. “It shows that our resident care and quality are among the best based on national, federal ratings, which are not easy to obtain. The rating is a major achievement, and we are overjoyed to have earned this recognition.”

Located in the Waterside Medical Complex on The Island at Shell Point, the 219-bed Larsen Pavilion skilled nursing facility offers personalized and compassionate healthcare. The Larsen Pavilion also provides memory care for medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or stroke-related dementia. Its state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Center offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative and individualized therapy to the Southwest Florida community, as well as to Shell Point residents.

“More than 60% of Larsen Pavilion admissions are individuals who experience successful recoveries and are able to return to their homes in a relatively short period,” said Brown. “Our goal is to welcome people, get them healthy, and send them back to the best quality of life possible, which ultimately means the most independence possible.”

The Larsen Pavilion welcomes individuals from anywhere in Southwest Florida and is Medicare-approved. For information about admissions in the Larsen Pavilion or for outpatient services through Shell Point’s Rehabilitation Center, call 239-415-5432.

About Shell Point Retirement Community 

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located in Fort Myers, Florida. A nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry, Shell Point is the largest CCRC in Florida with 2,400 residents and more than 1,000 employees. Located just two miles before the Sanibel Island causeway, Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free boat dockage, four open-to-the-public dining venues, and numerous recreational facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit or call 1-800-780-1131.

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