Awards and Recognition

5 Star Rating - In December 2017, Pinecrest Manor, a service of Penn Highlands Elk, earned the prestigious five-star overall rating - the highest possible - from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS. The 138-bed skilled nursing facility has continued to maintain the rating since that time. The rating is based on overall performance in health inspections, staffing and quality of resident care measures. CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which they may want to ask questions. Consumers can visit the Nursing Home Compare site at and enter their zip code to view the ratings of all facilities within a specific radius.

CORE Award for the promotion of organ donation. Penn Highlands Elk was the recipient of the Gold Award for activities it participated in during Donate Life Month last year to raise awareness of the life-saving potential of organ donation. We will continue to participate in this education as our own staff and patients are organ recipients and living donors.