Special Focus Facility Graduation

By Paul Emerson L. Baloy OTD, OTR/L, DOR, The Hills Post Acute, Santa Ana, CA
The Hills Post Acute was officially removed from the Special Focus Facility List as of January 14, 2022, as a result of improved compliance with federal regulations as documented in the findings from the recent recertification surveys and complaint investigations.

Special Focus Facilities are nursing facilities that have a not-so-good history of past surveys that were identified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and were given an opportunity to improve their systems to better the care of the vulnerable elderly entrusted to them.

The Hills Post Acute had to successfully complete two intensive and comprehensive successive surveys. The building under the previous owner and management has been riddled with multiple complaints and poor past survey outcomes, placing the facility on that special focus list last year.

Our new management team was entrusted with this enormous and critical undertaking and, with the help of our cluster partners and resources, devised strategic plans to address problem areas and came up with multiple dynamic systems to cope with the complex and evolving needs of the building.

With the unwavering support and continued dedication of the facility staff to patient care, we finally graduated from that list, completing two successive surveys in record time with a remarkably low number of deficiencies.

This is a true testament to all our collaborative work toward a common vision of bettering the care of our residents:
This is such a huge win! A win that reflects the staff’s everyday effort and trust in our systems.
This is our story. This is our success.
A chapter in our lives that will be etched in the history of our building and of our residents.
Share this win. Share this story. Congratulations, Team Hills!
Thank you very much for all that you do.
Onward and upward… Dignifying post-acute care in the eyes of the world.