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The Oaks, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts, recently earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


The CMS ratings system is designed to assist the public in choosing care for their loved ones. It calculates the ratings based on results of health inspections, staffing and quality measures (including pain management, pressure ulcers, weight loss and number of medications used).


“I am so proud and blessed to be a part of such an awesome team,” said Shawn Morales, executive director. “Without the collaborative efforts of every single associate, department and volunteer, we would have not been able to achieve this wonderful accomplishment.”


Morales shared that he credits the rating to his team’s dedication to excellence.


The center received the rating on Nov. 1.


“I applaud The Oaks for their hard work and commitment to our residents,” said Kate O’Connor, regional vice president of parent company Life Care Centers of America’s Patriot Region. “They have dedicated themselves to exceeding excellence and attaining this superior rating.”