WHEELING - The Welty Home of Wheeling, an assisted living facility affiliated with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, has again earned a top rating from the Office of Health Facilities Licensure and Certification Office (OHFLAC). The office helps shape healthy environments for residents of healthcare facilities by promoting quality services and high standards of care; it also ensures that facilities comply with state licensure rules and federal certification regulations.
For the ninth consecutive year, OHFLAC inspectors found Welty Home to be free of any deficiencies. Welty Home Administrator Randy Forzano credits Welty Home employees for the home's perfect record. "Our employees take great pride in the fact that we have gone nine years without deficiencies," he said. "They work hard to earn and maintain the award. It gives them added incentive to do their best for our residents."
Forzano said the annual inspections are educational for the facilities and inspectors. "It's not an adversarial process," he said. "Everyone wants the same thing to ensure that our residents receive the best possible care. It's clear that they're genuinely interested in helping facilities improve."
Earning continuing top ratings is a team effort. Members of the Welty Home team include, seated from left, Barbara Smith; Michelle Redd, Welty Home Administrator; Randy Forzano, Former Administrator and current Good Shepherd Nursing Home HR Director. Second row, standing, from left, are Patty McFadden, Michelle Ruckman, Sharon O’Neill and LaVonne Cruse.
The inspectors have shared many Welty forms and procedures with other facilities, he said. This year they were especially impressed with Welty's staff training program, and asked Nurse Barbara Ball, staff development director for Welty Home and Good Shepherd Nursing home, to speak at their annual conference.
Welty Home, which opened in 1950, has nurses on duty 24 hours a day, along with personal care assistants to help residents as needed.
The home is part a continuum of care offered by the Welty Corporation that includes independent retirement living at Clara and Bertha Welty Apartments and intermediate and skilled nursing care at Good Shepherd, the largest non-profit skilled nursing facility in West Virginia.