Just four of the 713 nursing homes regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health went three years with no state citations on annual health survey inspections, thereby qualifying for the department's new Award for Excellence in Health Care Compliance, the department said. The winners were Foulkeways at Gwynedd in Gwynedd, the Meadows at Shannondell in Audubon, the Schuylkill Center in Pottsville, and Pennsylvania Hospital Skilled Care Center in Philadelphia. All Pennsylvania nursing homes were automatically eligible for the award. The number of awardees could grow next year, based on the number of homes that have gone two years without a citation, department spokeswoman Christine Cronkright said.

Harold Brubaker