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Monday, November 26, 2012 - 1:35am

New Website Maps Health Centers

The state has launched a new website to help you find the best hospital, nursing home or other licensed health care facility. It uses geomapping technology.

The state Department of Community Health was looking for a way to find health care facilities near each other in case of disaster evacuations. But the website they came up with does much more.

Brian Looby, Chief of the Division of Health Care Facility Regulation, says the public can use to compare a variety of facilities and find out if the state has reported deficiencies.

“There’s ambulatory surgery centers, hospitals, nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living communities, drug abuse treatment centers. There’s about 19 different types of facilities.” he says.

He says you enter your address and the website will point out all the facilities close to you.

“You’ll be able to get the contact information for the facility, the administrator’s name. The type of license that it has, and deficiency reports for the previous 24 months. You’ll also be able to see an overhead or aerial view of the facility. And where it is in relation to interstates, shopping malls and other points of interest.” says Looby.

Looby says you can also check out hospital and nursing home services. And there is a link to federal inspections of the facilities.

You can also look at their surveys to find out what services are offered, and demographic information.

Check out the website here.

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