Coffey County Hospital earned the coveted five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that runs the Medicare program. This rating places Coffey County Hospital among the top 7 percent of the nation’s hospitals.
“Only ten Kansas hospitals earned the five-star rating,” said Coffey Health System Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez. “We are the only hospital in an 80-mile radius, and one of only four community-based hospitals in the state to receive this distinction.”
Hospitals across the country report data to CMS regarding all aspects of patient care. The recently announced star ratings are based upon 2016 data from 4,579 facilities.
“The five-star rating is based upon what truly matters: patient care,” Hernandez said. “It reflects a consistent level of excellence from every department, every day, and with every patient—and we continue to raise the bar with new quality measures. I couldn’t be more proud of our staff.”
According to the CMS Hospital Compare website, the star-rating formula includes 57 measures divided into seven categories: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging. Some categories (mortality, readmission, complications, imaging efficiency, and unplanned hospital visits measures) are based only on Medicare patients, while others (process of care, healthcare-associated infections, and patient experience measures) include all patients.
Other five-star community hospitals in the state are Labette Health, Parsons; Providence Medical Center, Kansas City; and St. Luke South Hospital, Overland Park. Six specialty/private hospitals also made the list: Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita; Kansas Medical Center, Andover; Manhattan Surgical Hospital, Manhattan; Premiere Surgical Institute, Galena; Salina Surgical Hospital, Salina; and St. John Hospital, Leavenworth.
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