The Transitional Care Unit (TCU) at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital was ranked among the nation’s best nursing homes by U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes rankings. This is the second consecutive year that the TCU has earned the top five-star rating from the survey.

The 16-bed TCU is a short-term healthcare facility where patients receive the focused care they require before being discharged home or to another facility for those requiring extended therapies.

"I congratulate our TCU staff for the high quality of care that has once again earned them this prestigious distinction," said Mather Hospital President Kenneth Roberts.

The Best Nursing Homes 2013 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. The rankings are available at

Best Nursing Homes draws on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories – health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care – and gives each an overall rating. U.S. News awarded the "Best Nursing Home" designation to homes that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2013.

Also cited on U.S. News’ 5-star list was Jefferson’s Ferry, a Life Care Community, in South Setauket, which includes a skilled 60-bed nursing facility along with residential housing and assisted living. Jefferson’s Ferry, which also received the top rating for the second consecutive year, is sponsored by Mather Health System, a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit corporation.