Only 12% of Iowa nursing homes meet vaccine standard

By: - June 28, 2021 2:54 pm

Iowa’s COVID cases are surging again. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Only 50 of Iowa’s 409 nursing homes are reporting that three-quarters or more of their workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19, newly disclosed records show.

That means 88% of Iowa’s nursing homes have yet to meet the industry’s stated standard of having at least three-fourths of their workforce vaccinated against the virus.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began publishing COVID-19 vaccination data from individual nursing homes on its COVID-19 Nursing Home Data website.

Since May 21, nursing homes throughout the country have been required by CMS to submit vaccination data for both staff and residents. When data from only those homes that have complied is considered and compared to data from all 50 states, Iowa has the 21st  highest rate of staff vaccinations, at 59%.

The states with the highest reported rate of overall staff vaccination are Hawaii, Vermont, Arkansas and California, with rates ranging from 75% to 82%. The states with the lowest reported rates are Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Florida, with rates ranging from 43% to 41%.

Although Iowa’s state public health officials have said they’ve never collected data on the staff vaccination rates in privately run nursing homes, the federal government is now collecting that information and is reporting it to the public.

According to the latest CMS data, only the same four states with the highest rates, along with Puerto Rico, have reached the industry’s goal of having 75% of their nursing home workforce vaccinated.

CMS has said it is now enforcing the vaccination reporting requirement, and will be imposing fines against homes to fail to comply.

According to the latest data from CMS, these are the Iowa nursing homes where the percentage of current health care personnel who have received a completed vaccination is 75% or higher:

Manorcare Health Services, Cedar Rapids: 100%

Oaknoll Retirement Residence, Iowa City: 96.28%

Shady Oaks, Lake City: 88.1%

Salem Lutheran Home, Elk Horn:  80%

Azria Health, Clarinda: 76.27%

On With Life, Ankeny: 78.47%

Willow Gardens Care Center, Marion: 86.25%

Genesis Senior Living, Des Moines: 80.77%

MercyOne-Oelwein Senior Care, Oelwein: 89.36%

Good Samaritan Home, Red Oak: 84.31%

Good Samaritan Home, Estherville: 78.67%

Grandview Health Care Center, Dayton: 81.48%

Caring Acres Nursing & Rehab Center, Anita: 89.19%

Good Samaritan Home, Manson: 77.97%

Chautauqua Guest Home #3, Charles City: 80.22%

Ravenwood Specialty Care, Waterloo: 81.67%

Living Center West, Cedar Rapids: 78.67%

Sunrise Hill Care Center, Traer: 97.06%

North Crest Living Center, Council Bluff: 88.24%

Linn Haven Rehab & Healthcare, New Hampton: 83.33%

Colonial Manor, Amana: 75.90%

Dumont Wellness Center, Dumont: 76.60%

Willow Dale Wellness Village, Battle Creek: 79.31%

Manilla Manor, Manilla: 88.89%

Elm Crest Retirement Community, Harlan: 75.41%

Longview Home, Missouri Valley: 77.97%

Simpson Memorial Home, West Liberty: 82.22%

Pearl Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing, Perry: 75.76%

Accura Healthcare, Sioux City: 100%

Stacyville Community Nursing Home, Stacyville: 77.08%

Longhouse-Northshire, Spencer: 78.72%

Westhaven Communiity, Boone: 85.48%

Riceville Family Care and Therapy Center, Riceville: 80.56%

Meth-wick Health Center, Cedar Rapids: 81.67%

Wesley Park Centre, Newton: 83.89%

Windmill Manor, Coralville: 75.65%

Solon Nursing Care Center, Solon: 93.02%

Adel Acres, Adel: 78.38%

West Ridge Care Center, Cedar Rapids: 100%

Green Hills Health Care Center, Ames: 78.62%

Maquoketa Care Center, Maquoketa: 84.85%

Northbrook Manor Care Center, Cedar Rapids: 92.45%

Clarence Nursing Home, Clarence: 75%

Keystone Nursing Care Center, Keystone: 76.84%

Newton Village Health Care Center, Newton: 86.89%

Northridge Village, Ames: 75.56%

Rehabilitation Center, Lisbon: 91.67%

Buchanan County Health Center, Independence: 76.92%

Story County Hospital Nevada: 80.58%

MercyOne Dyersville Senior Care, Dyersville: 79.81%

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.

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