Hearthstone Receives National Recognition

Our community ranks among the top nursing homes in America, according to U.S. News and World Report! The publication recently named Hearthstone Manor, located at Hearthstone Communities by Heritage in Woodstock, Illinois, as one of America’s Best Nursing Homes for Short-Term Rehabilitation. The publication identified the Best Nursing Homes for 2019-2020 and also released the nursing home finder by ranking more than 15,000 homes across the nation.

Jeremy Rutter, Heritage vice president of skilled nursing operations, said the recognition was due to the hard work and dedication of the staff at Hearthstone Manor. “The reason why (our staff) is here is because they love the residents,” Rutter said. “They’re here because of a calling, (and) that feeling permeates the organization. We do what’s right for the resident, first and foremost.” He said this is the first time the nursing home has been put on the list that he is aware of.

The achievement of being recognized as one of the Best Nursing Homes of 2019-2020 is a reflection of the work going on each day, Rutter said. “I’m proud of the staff here and I feel they are a representative of all the staff at Heritage Ministries, not just Hearthstone Manor,” he said. “Just like I tell my staff, every day we have the chance to prove if we are a top-notch facility or to disprove it. Heritage Ministries is a great organization–what we do is wonderful caring work. Our motto is ‘Caring is Our Calling,’ and I can’t stress how true that is.”


Heritage Ministries, the parent company of Hearthstone, was founded as the Orphanage and Homes of the Free Methodist Church in 1886 and has grown from its original campus in Gerry, NY, to six locations in New York with additional affiliations in the states of Washington, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. As a not-for-profit provider of senior care and housing, Heritage is a leader in the industry, employing approximately 1,500 team members, and serving over 2,500 individuals annually. With locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Washington, Heritage and its affiliates provide rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, independent retirement housing, and assisted living. The Homestead Stables provides intergenerational equestrian opportunities as well as boarding, training, and lessons. In addition, childcare is provided at two campuses, allowing for intergenerational programs. For more information on Heritage Ministries, please visit www.heritage1886.org.