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How NY nursing homes fared during COVID’s winter surge, 2020-21: Check new ratings

David Robinson
New York State Team

New York nursing homes received mixed ratings for their handling of COVID-19 outbreaks during the winter surge that began in October 2020, including 56 facilities ranked among the worst-performing nationally, federal data show.

The ratings stemmed from a new USA TODAY analysis of COVID-19 data filed by more than 15,000 nursing homes nationally, including 610 facilities in New York.

The ratings system is based in part on rates of COVID-19 infections and deaths, with each nursing home getting school-style report card grades from A to F for the best to worst performers. It also looked at staffing levels related to federal standards.

Among the findings for New York nursing homes:

  • A total of 56 nursing homes received an F for COVID-19 mortality.
  • A total of 77 nursing homes received an F for COVID-19 infections.
  • Another 145 nursing homes received an A for limiting infections.
  • And 231 facilities got an A for limiting COVID-related deaths.

The new analysis comes as more than 140,000 people have died from COVID-19 in nursing homes across the U.S., including more than 15,000 resident deaths in New York. It looked at the five-month surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths beginning in October 2020.

The ratings are based on weekly data facilities provided to federal health regulators through March 28, 2021. Nursing homes can amend these numbers at any time.

The database offers a snapshot from a uniquely challenging period. Since then, a facility may have changed ownership, staffing, supplies or protocols.

Keep in mind the surge spanned the winter holidays, when staffing is low. Nursing homes faced delays acquiring tests, protective gear and vaccines. Companies were required to report COVID-19 deaths even if residents declined recommended care like intubation.

Consumers should consider this point-in-time USA TODAY database alongside other tools, such as the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ratings, to evaluate nursing homes.

More: This nursing home chain stood out for nationally high death rates as pandemic peaked

How local NY nursing homes fared in COVID ratings?

Weekly COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes

What follows are the USA TODAY grades for COVID mortality for nursing homes across the Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and Hudson Valley regions. Facilities that submitted inadequate data were excluded from the list.

Finger Lakes

  • Aaron Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Fairport: D
  • Conesus Lake Nursing Home in Livonia: A
  • Church Home of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Rochester: C
  • Crest Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center in Fairport: A
  • Creekview Nursing and Rehab Center in Rochester: A
  • East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw: A
  • Edna Tina Wilson Living Center in Rochester: B
  • Elm Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canandaigua: A
  • Fairport Baptist Homes: B
  • Hamilton Manor Nursing Home in Rochester: A
  • Hill Haven Nursing Home in Webster: F
  • Kirkhaven in Rochester: B
  • Latta Home Nursing Home East in Rochester: A
  • Latta Home Nursing Home West in Rochester: F
  • Maplewood Nursing Home in Webster: F
  • MM Ewing Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua: B
  • Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester: C
  • Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Canandaigua: C
  • Park Ridge Nursing Home in Rochester: B
  • Penfield Place: N/A
  • Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home: D
  • Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Waterloo: C
  • St. Ann’s Community in Rochester: B
  • St. Ann’s Community in Webster: F
  • St. John’s Health Care Corporation in Rochester: D
  • The Brightonian in Rochester: A
  • The Friendly Home in Rochester: F
  • The Hurlbut in Rochester: N/A
  • The Jewish Home in Rochester: B
  • The Pearl Nursing Center of Rochester in Rochester: F
  • The Shore Winds in Rochester: F
  • The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehab Center in Albion: A
  • Unity Living Center in Rochester: D
  • Wayne County Nursing Home in Lyons: B
  • Wesley Gardens in Rochester: F
  • Woodside Manor Nursing Home in Rochester: A
  • Wyoming County Community Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw: B
A 62-year-old nursing home resident receives a COVID-19 booster shot in New York on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.

Mohawk Valley

  • Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Little Falls: D
  • Betsey Ross Rehabilitation Center in Rome: A
  • Bethany Gardens in Rome: F
  • Colonial Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Rome: B
  • Charles Sitrin Health Care Center in New Hartford: B
  • Chemung County Health Center in Elmira: B
  • Crouse Community Center in Morrisville: A
  • Foltsbrook Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Herkimer: B
  • Katherine Luther Residential Health Care and Rehabilitation in Kirkland: D
  • Masonic Care Community in Utica: B
  • MVHS Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Utica: B
  • Presbyterian Home for Central New York in New Hartford: A
  • Oneida Health Rehabilitation and Extended Care in Utica: B
  • Oneida Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Utica: D
  • Rome Memorial Hospital RCHF in Rome: B
  • The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Mohawk in Ilion: C
  • The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome: A
  • The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Utica: A
  • The Pines at Utica Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Utica: A
  • Utica Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Utica: A
  • Valley Health Services in Herkimer: C

Southern Tier

  • Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehab Endicott in Endicott: C
  • Aurelia Osborn Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta: C
  • Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Ithaca: B
  • Bridgewater Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Binghamton: C
  • Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ithaca: A
  • Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Horseheads: F
  • Elizabeth Church Manor Nursing Home in Binghamton: F
  • Good Shepherd-Fairview Home in Binghamton: B
  • Good Shepherd Village at Endwell: F
  • Hornell Gardens in Hornell: A
  • Ideal Senior Living Center in Endicott: C
  • James G. Johnston Memorial Nursing Home in Johnson City: C
  • Kendal at Ithaca: A
  • River View Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Owego: C
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility in Elmira: A
  • Susquehanna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Johnson City: A
  • United Health Services – Binghamton Hospital TCU in Binghamton: A
  • Vestal Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Vestal: A
  • Willow Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Vestal: B
This photo from Sunday March 28, 2021, shows Adam Sternbach, right, hugging his 89 year-old mother Maryann Sternbach for the first time in over a year inside the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in Bronx N.Y. The Hebrew Home received a B score for infection and mortality rates as part of USA Today's investigation into  nursing homes' handling of the COVID-19 pandemic during the winter surge of 2020-2021.

Hudson Valley

  • Adira at Riverside in Yonkers: A
  • Andrus on Hudson in Hastings-on-Hudson: B
  • Bethel Nursing Home in Ossining: A
  • Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Croton-on-Hudson: C
  • Briarcliff Manor Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in Briarcliff Manor: A
  • Cedar Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ossining: B
  • Cortlandt Health Care in Cortlandt: C
  • Dumont Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in New Rochelle: A
  • Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers: A
  • Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck: B
  • Fishkill Center Rehabilitation and Nursing in Beacon: B   
  • Glen Island Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in New Rochelle: A
  • Kendal on Hudson in Sleepy Hollow: F
  • Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hudson: C
  • Lutheran Center at Poughkeepsie: F
  • Highland Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Middletown: A
  • King Street Home in Port Chester: B
  • Marine Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in White Plains: C
  • Middletown Park Rehab and Health Care Center in Middletown: B
  • New Paltz Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in New Paltz: C
  • North Westchester Restorative Therapy and Nursing Center in Mohegan Lake: F
  • Northern Dutchess Residential Health Care Facility in Rhinebeck: A
  • Northern Manor Geriatric Center in Nanuet: C
  • Northern Metropolitan Residential Health Care Facility in Monsey: B
  • Nyack Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Valley Cottage: D
  • Pine Valley Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Spring Valley: B
  • Putnam Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Holmes: B
  • Putnam Ridge in Brewster: B
  • Regency Extended Care Center in Yonkers: D
  • Riverside Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Castleton-on-Hudson: D
  • Sapphire Nursing at Wappingers: A
  • Sapphire Nursing at Meadow Hill in Newburg: B
  • Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Yonkers: A
  • Schaffer Extended Care Center in New Rochelle: A
  • Sky View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Croton-on-Hudson: C
  • Sprain Brook Manor Rehab in Scarsdale: D
  • St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry: B
  • Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center in Ossining: A
  • Sutton Park Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in New Rochelle: A
  • Tarrytown Call Care Center in Tarrytown: B
  • The Eleanor Nursing Care Center in Hyde Park: A
  • The Emerald Peek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Peekskill: B
  • The Enclave at Port Chester Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Port Chester: B
  • The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley in Poughkeepsie: C
  • The Grove at Valhalla Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Valhalla: C
  • The New Jewish Home, Sara Neuman in Mamaroneck: A
  • The Osborn in Rye: B
  • The Paramount at Somers Rehab and Nursing Center in Somers: A
  • The Pines at Poughkeepsie Center for Nursing and Rehab in Poughkeepsie: F
  • The Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehab in Goshen: B
  • The Wartburg Home in Mount Vernon: B
  • The Willows at Ramapo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Suffern: B
  • Tolstoy Foundation Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Valley Cottage: A
  • United Hebrew Geriatric Center in New Rochelle: B
  • Waterview Hills Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Purdy Station: D
  • Wingate of Dutchess in Fishkill: B
  • Wingate at Beacon: A
  • Westchester Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Mount Vernon: A
  • White Plains Center for Nursing Care in White Plains: A
  • Yonkers Gardens Center for Nursing and Rehab in Yonkers: B
  • Yorktown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Cortlandt Manor: A

For further details about these ratings, or to search for other facilities in New York, check the USA TODAY national analysis here.

Jayme Fraser of USA TODAY and USA TODAY Network staff contributed to this report.

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David Robinson is the state health care reporter for the USA TODAY Network New York. He can be reached atdrobinson@gannett.com and followed on Twitter:@DrobinsonLoHud