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North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center

4680 Cordata Parkway
Bellingham, WA 98226
(360) 398-1966

Data accessed April 27, 2022.

General Information

North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center is a for-profit corporation owned by Empres Washington Healthcare. A Medicare and Medicaid participant, this facility has 122 certified beds and is not located within a hospital or Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Fines and Citations

As a result of the facility’s most recent health inspection on June 23, 2021, the facility received 24 citations for various failures, including to:

  • Prevent the development of pressure ulcers in the case of two residents. For one, the nursing home "failed to implement a turning/repositioning program," whose Stage II pressure ulcer deteriorated to a stage III pressure ulcer. In the case of the other resident, the nursing home did not provide them "a thorough and ongoing skin assessment that included observing for change in risk factors, pressure points, and evaluating effectiveness of interventions," according to the citation.
  • Provide appropriate treatment and care according to professional standards of practice, in an instance in which the nursing home failed to assess and alert a resident's physician of the resident's respiratory symptoms, placing residents "at increased risk for decline in condition."
Fire and Safety Inspections

This facility has automatic sprinkler systems in all required areas. Its most recent fire and safety inspection was on June 10, 2021, and two fire safety citations were issued. The average number of safety citations in Washington is 5.8; in the U.S., 4.4.

Staffing

Number of Residents
The average number of residents per day at this facility is 82.9.
The Washington average is 62.9.
The national average is 76.5.

Number of Nurse Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day
The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day is 3 hours and 20 minutes.
The Washington average is 4 hours and 11 minutes.
The national average is 3 hours and 46 minutes.

Number of RN Hours Per Resident Per Day
The number of RN hours per resident per day is 56 minutes.
The Washington average is 56 minutes.
The national average is 41 minutes.

LPN/LVN Hours Per Resident Per Day
The number of LPN/LVN hours per resident per day is 33 minutes.
The Washington average is 47 minutes minutes.
The national average is 53 minutes.

Nurse Aide Hours Per Resident Per Day
The number of nurse aid hours per resident per day is 1 hour and 50 minutes.
The Washington average is 2 hours 28 minutes.
The national average is 2 hours 12 minutes.

Physical Therapist Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day
The number of Physical Therapist staff hours per resident per day is 4 minutes.
The Washington Average is 5 minutes.
The national average is 4 minutes.

1Vital Statistics
Number of Beds:122 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.

2Key Ratings
Star Rating Summary
Overall Ratinginformation

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 StarsAverage
Health Inspectioninformation

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

Two StarsBelow Average
Staffinginformation

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 StarsAverage
RN StaffingFour StarsAbove Average
Quality Measuresinformation

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

Five StarsMuch Above Average
3Key Short Stay Statistics
DescriptionNorth Cascades Health and Rehabilitation CenterWashington
Average
Percentage of SNF residents with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened
Lower percentages are better.
0%Not Available
Percent of short-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the seasonal influenza vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
86.2%78.9%
Percent of short-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the pneumococcal vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
97.2%83.2%
Percentage of short-stay residents who got antipsychotic medication for the first time
Lower percentages are better.
1%1.5%
4Key Long Stay Statistics
DescriptionNorth Cascades Health and Rehabilitation CenterWashington
Average
Percent of long-stay residents experiencing one or more falls with major injury
Lower percentages are better.
4.7%3%
Percent of long-stay residents with a urinary tract infection
Lower percentages are better.
0.8%2.2%
Percent of long-stay high-risk residents with pressure ulcers
Lower percentages are better.
4.1%7%
Percent of long-stay low-risk residents who lose control of their bowels or bladder
Lower percentages are better.
54.3%54.3%
Percent of long-stay residents who have or had a catheter inserted and left in their bladder
Lower percentages are better.
0.4%1.6%
Percent of long-stay residents who were physically restrained
Lower percentages are better.
0%0.6%
Percentage of long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened
Lower percentages are better.
24%23.3%
Percent of long-stay residents whose need for help with daily activities has increased
Lower percentages are better.
7.9%13.8%
Percent of long-stay residents who lose too much weight
Lower percentages are better.
12.1%6.3%
Percent of long-stay residents who have depressive symptoms
Lower percentages are better.
2.5%13.7%
Percentage of long-stay residents who received an antianxiety or hypnotic medication
Lower percentages are better.
22%12.4%
Percent of long-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the seasonal influenza vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
98.7%95.3%
Percent of long-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the pneumococcal vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
100%95%
Percent of long-stay residents who received an antipsychotic medication
Lower percentages are better.
9.4%13.9%
5COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Rates
DescriptionNorth Cascades Health and Rehabilitation CenterWashington
Average
Resident vaccination
Higher percentages are better.
92.7%89.9%
Resident boosters
Higher percentages are better.
38.2%82%
Staff vaccination
Higher percentages are better.
95.8%92.2%
Staff boosters
Higher percentages are better.
84.8%46.4%
6Inspection Summary

Date of standard health inspection: 6/23/2021
Total number of health citations: 24
Average number of health deficiencies in Washington: 20.3
Average number of health citations in the U.S.: 8.1

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