SSM Health in Southern Illinois receives top honors for high-quality patient care

March 30, 2020

SSM Health in Southern Illinois receives top ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital received a five-star rating and SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital received a four-star rating.

“We are so proud of the commitment that our staff and providers have made in offering the best care to our patients across all of the communities we serve. The CMS rating offers national recognition of the hard work and dedication of so many every day,” says Jeremy Bradford, President, SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital.

CMS evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide, using the one-to-five-star rating system to reflect and overall hospital score in an effort to make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and understand the quality of care it delivers.

A breakdown of the 2019 ratings includes:
• One star: 228 hospitals
• Two stars: 710 hospitals
• Three stars: 1,191 hospitals
• Four stars: 1,136 hospitals
• Five stars: 407 hospitals

The overall rating summarizes up to 51 quality measures reflecting hospital conditions such as stroke, heart attack or pneumonia. These measures fall within 7 areas; mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging. The rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S. The more stars, the better a hospital performed on the available quality measures. According to CMS, the most common overall hospital rating is 3 stars.

Damon Harbison, President, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, shared the importance of this award. “In 2018, SSM Health developed its True North statement ‘to deliver the highest quality, safest and most affordable health care services, exceeding expectations for every person we encounter.’ SSM agreed to use the CMS 5 Star rating as a proxy measure for quality with the goal of all ministries at a 5 Star rating by 2023. We are thrilled to achieve the 5 star rating three years ahead of our original goal.”

“The CMS four and five-star ratings are a tremendous achievement, and reflect the hard work of more than 2,000 SSM Health caregivers at both St. Mary’s and Good Samaritan Hospitals, who live out our mission by providing regional, cost-effective, quality health services for everyone,” said Dr. Corey Black, Chief Medical Officer.