Continuing Care Neighborhood at Highland Springs Earns 5-Star Rating from Federal Agency

DALLAS, TX---The Continuing Care Neighborhood at Highland Springs retirement community attained the maximum score in three signature categories of the Five-Star Quality Rating System administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Erickson Living community earned a 5-star rating in the Overall, Health Inspection and Quality Measure categories.  CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to assist consumers, their families and caregivers to compare the nation's 17,000 nursing homes that are certified by Medicare or Medicaid.  The quality system assigns each nursing home a ranking of 1 through 5 stars, with a 5-star rating indicating a "much above average quality" level of care. Jerry McDonald is the Director of Continuing Care at Highland Springs.  "We take great pride in the fact that Highland Springs earned these 5-star ratings in our first year," stated Mr. McDonald.  "It is a tribute to the professionalism and compassion of our employees who care for our residents each and every day." The CMS system provides a "better understanding of how we are regulated and judged in the quality of service provided to our residents, and the rankings are an important tool for families and caregivers," noted Mr. McDonald. Highland Springs provides a full continuum of care, featuring 437 residences in independent living that offer a variety of one and two bedroom floor plans and pricing options.  The Continuing Care neighborhood offers skilled nursing, assisted living, post-acute rehabilitation and memory-care services to residents and guests. More information, including the nursing home compare tool, can be found at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/CertificationandComplianc/FSQRS.html. About Highland Springs:  Highland Springs is one of seventeen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in North Dallas, Texas, the scenic 89-acre campus is home to more than 600 residents.  Highland Springs is the ideal greater Dallas retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.

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