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Byline: Angela Couloumbis
Dec. 14--TRENTON, N.J.--Most nursing homes in South Jersey fared well above the state average in providing quality care to residents, but a handful scored abysmally low in nursing care and resident rights, according to a new state report card.
The report card, released by the state Department of Health and Senior Services this week, is based on a new, tougher rating system that ranks New Jersey's nursing homes in five categories: nursing care, administration, food service, resident rights, and resident comfort and safety.
Of the 360 homes graded statewide, a perfect score of 100 went to fewer than 10 percent -- about a …