SSM Health in Southern Illinois receives honors

July 28, 2022

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 both 3 years in a row.

Damon Harbison, President of 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 Health 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 for 3 consecutive years ahead of our goal.”

The overall star rating for hospitals summarizes quality information on important topics, like readmissions and deaths after heart attacks or pneumonia. The overall rating, between 1 and 5 stars, summarizes a variety of measures across 5 areas of quality into a single star rating for each hospital. The 5 measure groups include mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, and timely and effective care.

The overall rating shows how well each hospital performed on an identified set of quality measures 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.

“We are very proud of the ongoing commitment that our staff and providers make to offer the best care to our patients. The CMS rating offers national recognition of the hard work and dedication of so many,” says Jeremy Bradford, President of SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital.

Pictured above is SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital with a 5 star care rating.

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