S.F. Mayor Edwin M. LeeSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services raised the quality rating for San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center to the highest rating of five stars. It is the third quality rating increase for Laguna Honda in two years.

“A five-star Laguna Honda confirms San Francisco’s status as a health care leader,” said Mayor Lee. “We have made real progress to meet the needs of seniors and residents with disabilities for long term care and community integration.”

“It’s a new era for Laguna Honda,” said Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center Executive Administrator Mivic Hirose. “Laguna Honda is the most modern nursing facility in the country, and the federal recognition certifies that the quality of our care matches the quality of our built environment. San Franciscans can expect the best from us.”

“This is a testament to the public health vision of the City’s voters,” said DPH Director of Health Barbara Garcia. “When voters overwhelmingly agreed to rebuild Laguna Honda in 1999, they were making an investment in the future health of the city. The five-star rating is confirmation that the Department of Public Health has kept its promise to deliver a new center of excellence at Laguna Honda.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Nursing Home Compare report rates facilities on three criteria: staffing, health inspections and quality measures. The hospital is rated at five stars on the staffing and quality measures categories. The health inspection rating is three stars. The hospital’s goal is to attain five stars in all categories by 2014.

Laguna Honda is a branch of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, providing acute care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing services to a safety net population of 765 seniors and adults with disabilities.