Covenant Shores Mercer IslandThe nursing center at Covenant Shores, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, received five stars, the highest possible overall rating, in U.S. News & World Report’s sixth annual Best Nursing Homes list released Feb. 26.

Out of almost 16,000 nursing centers covered nationwide, the ratings highlight the top providers in each city and state. The goal is to help users find a skilled nursing center with a strong track record of good care. Only 27 of the 97 nursing centers in the Seattle, Wash. metropolitan area earned an overall five-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The metro area includes Bellevue and Tacoma.

“To attain a five-star rating, every employee at our skilled nursing center is dedicated to quality care,” says Pamela Gill, Covenant Shores health care administrator. “We are proud to offer individualized care to rehab patients and seniors in the Seattle area as we support them on their journey to wellness.”

The nursing center at Covenant Shores provides short-term rehabilitation after a hospital stay or illness as well as long-term care.

Best Nursing Homes draws on CMS data in three categories — health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care — and gives each an overall rating. U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to nursing centers that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2014.

Nationwide, approximately 25 percent of the nursing centers considered in 2014 achieved a five-star rating. In 2013, five-star ratings went to just 19 percent.

In making the announcement, Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor said, “The rising number of five-star homes is encouraging. It speaks to care that is steadily becoming more skilled and compassionate.”

The report is available exclusively online at

About Covenant Shores

Covenant Shores, a faith-based, nationally accredited, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, is located at 9150 Fortuna Dr., Mercer Island, Wash. It is administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior services providers. Covenant Retirement Communities serves 5,000 residents at 15 retirement communities nationwide and is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church.  For more information on Covenant Shores,

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