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Loretto’s Infirmary Is Above Average — As We Know!

Posted on May 1, 2019, by Martha Alderson CoL

A photo of Michelle Essex, Loretto Infirmary administrator
Michelle Essex

It is not a surprise that the Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary received an above average rating in nursing homes in Kentucky and, in fact, in the nation. Loretto members, staff and Motherhouse residents know that the Infirmary operates in an excellent manner under the capable direction of Michelle Essex, the Infirmary administrator. Year after year the Infirmary receives high ratings and distinctive praise.

Rated one of 14 best in Bluegrass State

The American College of Health Care Administrators, a national leadership group, has rated the Loretto Infirmary one of the 14 best in Kentucky and one of only 1,129 in the country to meet the strict criteria. Because of this high rating, the Infirmary received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. Only 7 percent of facilities nationwide qualify by meeting these criteria.

Among criteria that must be met include those having to do with very low percentages of short-stay and long-stay pain, short-stay and long-stay pressure ulcers and short-stay and long-stay psychotropic medicines. Also essential is a great improvement in function. There are other specific criteria that must be met as well, such as avoidance of Special Focus Facility status. The Loretto Infirmary met all of the criteria; in fact, it was rated above average.

Residents receive special care

Anyone associated with those living or working in the Infirmary is well aware of the special care given each resident as well as the high standards of cleanliness and attention provided. Loretto is fortunate to have such a competent administrator as well as dedicated staff.

Committed, caring staff

Michelle proudly said, “ The Infirmary is blessed to have committed and caring staff, working together as a team, to provide the highest quality of person-centered care. I am proud to be a part of this team and proud of the recognition our team has achieved in caring for our residents.”

Congratulations, Michelle, and all the staff!


Martha Alderson CoL

Martha Alderson has been a Loretto Co-member since 1984. She is retired from the publishing industry and more recently from being on the Loretto Community staff as coordinator of co-membership services. She served one term on the first Community Forum. For several years she was an editor and layout person for Interchange (Loretto's internal newsletter) and now edits two issues of that newsletter. At the present she is on the Special Needs Committee and the Motherhouse Coordinating Board. She does the occasional proofreading and editing of Loretto publications.
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