(MARLETTE )-- Marlette Regional Hospital's long-term care unit has earned a deficiency-free annual state survey as a result of a recent on-site inspection by the Bureau of Health Care Services. The stringent inspection program is designed to ensure that residents receive the highest quality of care and quality of life in accordance with all state and federal requirements. Survey and certification activities assure that vulnerable nursing home residents are protected from abuse, neglect, misappropriation of personal property, and inadequate or inappropriate care and services. The annual health survey is conducted to ensure compliance with federal participation requirements for nursing homes certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A deficiency-free survey is an honor as the regulations are stringent. There are 430 Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes in the State of Michigan. Approximately five facilities per year achieve a deficiency-free status. As a result, the Marlette Regional Hospital long-term care unit has been recognized statewide by the Health Care Association of Michigan.