St. Clair Nursing Center has earned the designation of a U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Home for 2017-18.

U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 homes nationwide, in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. This year, only about 15 percent of the nursing homes evaluated earned the designation of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home.

St. Clair Nursing Center is an Americare skilled nursing community and one of seven that earned the U.S New Best Nursing Home designation.

“Finding a nursing home that meets an individual’s specific needs is a difficult decision that several million families across America face each year,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “The Best Nursing Homes ratings, advice and tools were designed to help navigate this important life decision and make the process a little easier.”

Since its inception in 2009, the U.S. News nursing home ratings have relied on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.

This year, in order to provide an evaluation standard for consumers consistent with its other health ratings, U.S. News has created a 5-level rating scale for nursing homes, ranging from “Top Performing” to “Poor.”

“Selecting the right nursing home that offers exceptional care for a loved one can be particularly challenging,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis. “For the Best Nursing Homes, U.S. News analyzed objective data to arm consumers with the information and confidence they need to help them choose a home capable of providing the quality care seniors deserve.”

Based in Sikeston and established in 1981, Americare operates 23 skilled nursing and post-acute communities and 110 assisted living and memory care assisted living residences throughout Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Illinois and Tennessee.