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News Release - August 2016

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War Memorial Hospital Receives 4 Stars in Hospital Quality

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – War Memorial Hospital has received 4 out of 5 stars in the recent quality star rating from the Hospital Quality Initiative.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) use the Hospital Quality Initiative as a “way to help stimulate and support improvements in the quality of care delivered by hospitals. The intent is to help improve hospitals’ quality of care by distributing objective, easy to understand data on hospital performance, and quality information from consumer perspectives,” according to the Medicare.gov website.

     Hospitals’ are ranked on five criteria; mortality, safety care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging.  They can receive a rating of above national average, same as national average, or below national average.  War Memorial received ratings of “same as national average” in four categories, and one “above national average” in the category of “patient experience.”  Their score of 4 out of 5 stars ranks them higher than Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry, and even University of Michigan Health Systems in Ann Arbor, all who received 3 out of 5 stars. 

     “We are happy to see that WMH was rated a 4 star hospital in the initial release of the star ratings for hospitals by CMS.  I know that all of our team at WMH strive to deliver high quality, safe patient care each and every day and this 4 star rating from CMS validates that we are doing a lot of things right,” says War Memorial Hospital CEO David Jahn.  “The credit needs to go to our physicians, nurses and the rest of the patient care team who do a great job of serving the healthcare needs of our community.”  Nation-wide 4,599 hospitals were rated by CMS, placing War Memorial Hospital in the top quartile in the Nation for hospital safety.  “The intent of the Star Rating program is to convey the overall quality of US Hospitals using a scale most consumers are already familiar with from other industries (hotels, restaurants, etc),” says Emily Bochniak War Memorial Hospital Quality Management Director.  “We recognize that our patients have a choice in where they receive healthcare. This is why we are dedicated to providing our community the level of quality we want for our own families.”

     The 4 Star Quality Rating, is in addition to War Memorial Hospital receiving an ‘A’ for patient safety from the national hospital watchdog group, Hospital Safety Score, and The Gold Standard for Workplace Fitness from the American Heart Association.

     For more information on War Memorial Hospital services and physicians, visit the War Memorial Hospital website at www.warmemorialhospital.org .  You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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