SMGS – Top 5% in the Nation for 6 Years!

April 24, 2014

St. Mary’s Hospital Thanks the Community – Top 5% in the Nation for 6 Years!

St. Mary’s Hospital has again achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. This performance is extremely high, the top five percent in the nation and they have maintained this level for six years. St. Mary’s Hospital was identified as providing outstanding performance in the delivery of positive experiences for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

To be eligible for the Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, Healthgrades evaluated 3,582 hospitals that submitted patient surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), covering admissions from March 2012 – April 2013. Of these hospitals, 3,000 hospitals met additional clinical quality requirements to be considered for this Healthgrades distinction. The top 15 percent of this group or 477 hospitals achieved the award. St. Mary’s Hospital performance is in the top 5% in the nation.

“First, I want to thank our patients for rating us so high”, states Bruce Merrell, President of St. Mary’s Hospital. “We have great employees, physicians and volunteers at St. Mary’s Hospital. I want to thank them for continuing to make our patient’s safety and wellbeing the number one priority, each and every day”, Merrell continues, “I want to thank this community for trusting us to care for you and for your loved ones”.

Healthgrades evaluated St. Mary’s Hospital’s performance as assessed by the hospital’s patients across 27 different questions that roll up to ten distinct measures. Ranging from cleanliness and noise levels in a patient room to factors such as pain management and responsiveness to patient’s needs, the measures also include whether a patient would recommend this hospital to friends or family.

“As consumers are becoming more active participants in their healthcare, measured performance surrounding the patient experience at a hospital is an increasingly important consideration for patients in choosing where to receive their care,” said Evan Marks, Healthgrades EVP of Informatics and Strategy. “Consumers can rest assured that those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Patient Experience Award demonstrate a commitment to exceptional focus on the needs of the patient during their stay at the hospital.”

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