Saint Clare’s Achieves Highest Five-Star Rating from CMS
Federal Agency Rates Hospital Among Top Nine Percent in Nation and One
of Only Two Hospitals in New Jersey
Denville, NJ, January 31, 2020 – Saint Clare’s Denville and Dover Hospitals have earned a
five-star overall hospital rating – the highest you can achieve
- by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), placing Saint
Clare’s facilities among the top nine percent of hospitals nationwide,
and one of only two hospitals in New Jersey to receive this recognition.
“This amazing recognition from CMS demonstrates that Saint Clare’s
Health provides the highest quality care and the close family, patient
centered service expected from a community hospital,” said Brian
Finestein, CEO, Saint Clare’s Health. “We are grateful for
the commitment of our physicians and staff, and honored that Saint Clare’s,
again, has been recognized among the best in the nation, and is on the
short list of hospitals in New Jersey to achieve a five-star rating.”
This overall hospital rating is based on measured data publicly reported
on CMS’ Hospital Compare tool (medicare.gov/hospitalcompare). It summarizes up to 51 measures across seven aspects of quality, including
patient experience and effectiveness of care into a single star rating
for each hospital. The hospital rating shows how well each hospital performed
on average compared to other hospitals in the U.S. in treating common
conditions such as heart attack or pneumonia. Participating hospitals
reported data to CMS, the federal agency that runs the Medicare program
through the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. Those hospitals
were given an overall rating ranging from one to five stars, with five
as the highest and four the most common score.
“The physicians and employees of Saint Clare’s demonstrate
their commitment to quality every day, and with every patient interaction,”
said Jan Bednar, CNO, Saint Clare’s Health. “Being one of
only two hospitals in New Jersey to receive this rating assures members
of our community that Saint Clare’s is committed to improving their
health with a safe, effective and compassionate approach.”
About the CMS Five-Star Rating
First made available to patients in 2005, Hospital Compare is based on
rigorously tested quality measures at certified hospitals as well as Veteran
Health Administration and military health system hospitals. The comparison
tool is located at medicare.gov/hospital compare.
What is the Hospital Compare Overall Rating?
The overall hospital rating summarizes a variety of measures on Hospital
Compare reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, such as heart
attacks or pneumonia. The overall hospital rating shows how well each
hospital performed on average compared to other hospitals in the United States.
The overall hospital rating ranges from one to five stars. The more stars,
the better the hospital performed on the available quality measures. The
most common overall hospital rating is three stars.
How can I use the Hospital Compare Overall Hospital Rating?
In an emergency, you should go to the nearest hospital. When you can plan
ahead, the Hospital Compare overall hospital rating can provide a starting
point for comparing a hospital to others locally and nationwide. Along
with the overall hospital rating, Hospital Compare includes information
on many important aspects of quality, such as rates of infection and complications
and patients’ experiences, based on survey results.
Choosing a hospital is a complex and personal decision that reflects individual
needs and preferences. You should consider a variety of factors when choosing
a hospital, such as physician guidance about your care plan and other
sources of information about hospitals in your area.
Where does the Hospital Compare Overall Hospital Rating come from?
Hospitals report data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,
the federal agency that runs the Medicare program, through the
Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program Hospital Outpatient
Quality Reporting (OQR) Program. The Hospital Compare Overall Hospital Rating includes up to 57 of these
measures in the overall rating calculation.