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Nursing home earns awards
0202 Coastal Manor award
Coastal Manors Art Rogers, director of nursing; state Sen. Buddy Carter; Celesta Williams, supervisor of resident financial services; and Elise Stafford, chief long-term care officer, stand with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. - photo by Photo provided.

Coastal Manor, a nursing home in Ludowici, recently received a five-star rating from Medicare and a quality award from two statewide health organizations for services provided to its residents.
In October, Coastal Manor was one of 56 nursing homes designated as Medicare five-star centers out of 359 skilled nursing facilities in Georgia. After earning the rating, the five-star centers were featured in the January edition of Georgia Trend magazine.
Also, two weeks ago a team representing the center was recognized at a convention in Atlanta for the nursing home winning a Georgia quality award. Making the trip to the capital was Director of Nursing Art Rogers, Supervisor of Resident Financial Services Celesta Williams and Chief Long-Term Care Officer Elise Stafford.
Stafford said that during the convention, the Georgia Health Care Association in conjunction with the Georgia Medical Care Foundation recognized the center with the award.
“Coastal Manor’s employees have demonstrated the ability to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications, falls and employee turnover,” she said. “The residents and employee satisfaction scores continue to be higher than peer averages in the state.”
While at the conference, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and state Sen. Buddy Carter met with the team to offer congratulations.
“I am proud of Coastal Manor’s ability to serve the coastal communities of Southeast Georgia with excellence,” Carter said. “The Long County community is fortunate to have a nursing facility that exceeds the average standards of quality within our state.”
Stafford said Coastal Manor was built in 1999 as a 66-bed facility. In 2005, a 42-bed specialty-care unit was added to serve residents diagnosed with dementia-related disorders. She said that it now is categorized as a 108-bed nursing and rehabilitation facility and owned and operated by Liberty Regional Medical Center.
Stafford said it is expanding further, adding an adult day care center that should be in operation later this year.

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