MT. VERNON – 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 three years in a row.
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 five 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.