Ballenger Creek Center

This relatively new Genesis HealthCare facility is located at 347 Ballenger Drive, in Frederick, Maryland. It is a larger facility, with 143 beds, but was only 67% occupied at last check. This could explain why they have a higher than average staffing hours per resident per day percentage which is definately a good thing for residents. Nursing home lawyers see a clear correlation between staffing hours per resident and the likelihood of a malpractice lawsuit against that nursing home.

Overall, the facility’s ratings are slightly below average compared to other nursing homes in Maryland, receiving 2/5 stars for health inspection and 3/5 for the categories of staffing, RN staffing, and quality measures.

The facility has more health deficiencies than the state average, and did not perform well in fire safety tests. Ballenger Creek had seven fire deficiencies, higher than the Maryland average of 4.2 and higher than then National average of 3.3. Of significance, in 2015, the facility was found to have “many” residents affected by faulty sprinkler systems.

Who cares about fire tests? Nursing homes are like any other organization. If you do not do the small things correctly, you are more likely to miss the big things. It would be interesting to see the national correlation between a nursing homes fire inspections and the number of nursing home lawsuits that end in a settlement or verdict. The guess here is that there is a pretty strong association between the two.

  • An article from 2013 in the Frederick News-Post anticipating the opening of the nursing center:
  • An article from 2015 regarding the opening of the facility

We have not been able to find any lawsuits filed online against Ballenger Creek, which may be due to the facility being opened within the past year or two. However, here is some information and sample cases that have been filed against Genesis HealthCare.

  • Details of a 2016 wrongful death lawsuit filed against Genesis in Prince George's County where the resident developed Stage IV bedsores
  • Here is another bedsore lawsuit filed against a Genesis nursing home, this one in Annapolis

You can reach the facility, which specializes in wound care, by calling 301-663-5181.

  • The value of nursing home cases in Maryland
  • Learn more about Genesis from the perspective a medical malpractice lawyer
Competitors

Below are the closest competitors to this nursing home along with the driving distance and miles the competitor is from the facility.

1 Vital Statistics
Number of Beds: 143 certified bedsinformation

Beds in the nursing home that have been approved by the federal government to participate in Medicare or Medicaid.

Accepts: Medicare and Medicaidinformation

Shows if the nursing home participates in the Medicare, Medicaid, or both.

2 Key Ratings
Star Rating Summary
Overall Rating information

Medicare assigns the overall star rating based on a nursing homes's performance on 3 separate measures: Health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. Each of these domains have their own star ratings, with more stars meaning better quality of care

Three Stars Average
Health Inspection information

Medicare assigns the star rating based on a nursing home’s weighted score from recent health inspections. More stars means fewer health risks

Three Stars Average
Staffing information

Medicare assigns the star rating based on the nursing home’s staffing hours for Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practice Nurses (LPNs), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), and Nurse aides. More stars means a better level of staffing per nursing home resident

Three Stars Average
RN Staffing Three Stars Average
Quality Measures information

Medicare assigns the star rating based on data from a select set of clinical data measures. More stars means better quality of care

Four Stars Above Average
3 Key Short Stay Statistics
Description Ballenger Creek Center Maryland
Average
Percent of short-stay residents who self-report moderate to severe pain
Lower percentages are better.
9.0% 10.4%
Percentage of SNF residents with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened
Lower percentages are better.
1.4% Not Available
Percent of short-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the seasonal influenza vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
84.6% 85.3%
Percent of short-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the pneumococcal vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
94.2% 84.0%
Percentage of short-stay residents who got antipsychotic medication for the first time
Lower percentages are better.
1.1% 1.7%
4 Key Long Stay Statistics
Description Ballenger Creek Center Maryland
Average
Percent of long-stay residents experiencing one or more falls with major injury
Lower percentages are better.
1.4% 2.7%
Percent of long-stay residents with a urinary tract infection
Lower percentages are better.
2.7% 2.5%
Percent of long-stay residents who self-report moderate to severe pain
Lower percentages are better.
6.5% 5.4%
Percent of long-stay high-risk residents with pressure ulcers
Lower percentages are better.
9.5% 8.8%
Percent of long-stay low-risk residents who lose control of their bowels or bladder
Lower percentages are better.
60.0% 62.3%
Percent of long-stay residents who have or had a catheter inserted and left in their bladder
Lower percentages are better.
1.9% 1.7%
Percent of long-stay residents who were physically restrained
Lower percentages are better.
0.0% 0.2%
Percentage of long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened
Lower percentages are better.
29.1% 22.5%
Percent of long-stay residents whose need for help with daily activities has increased
Lower percentages are better.
18.5% 18.0%
Percent of long-stay residents who lose too much weight
Lower percentages are better.
5.0% 5.8%
Percent of long-stay residents who have depressive symptoms
Lower percentages are better.
8.0% 3.9%
Percentage of long-stay residents who received an antianxiety or hypnotic medication
Lower percentages are better.
9.3% 16.2%
Percent of long-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the seasonal influenza vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
100.0% 96.7%
Percent of long-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the pneumococcal vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
99.0% 94.1%
Percent of long-stay residents who received an antipsychotic medication
Lower percentages are better.
11.1% 12.4%
5 Inspection Summary

Date of standard health inspection: 11/19/2018
Total number of health deficiencies: 10
Average number of health deficiencies in Maryland: 14.6

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