Sentara Martha Jefferson earns 5 star CMS rating
In a recent update of its quality of care website Hospital Compare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has assigned 5 stars to Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. A Five-Star rating is the highest quality score that CMS awards to a healthcare facility.
The Overall Hospital rating is based on the most up-to-date quality information available, and includes 64 quality measures that cover the type of routine care that patients receive for problems like heart attack and pneumonia, as well as quality measures that focus on infection control, the value of care and unplanned hospital visits.
“We focus on improving our quality and patient safety every day at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital,” said Paul Tesoriere, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Sentara Martha Jefferson. “Each morning leadership from around the hospital participates in a safety huddle to identify problems, focus on safety issues of the day, and get updates on our performance with quality metrics and patient satisfaction. Our efforts align well with the items that CMS is measuring, and this rating is a reflection of this effort.”
Hospital Compare is a website maintained by CMS to help patients and their families learn about the quality of hospitals in their area, compare healthcare facilities and ask questions about the care provided so they can find the care that is right for them.
“We’re very grateful for this recognition by CMS, but we realize it takes constant attention not only to sustain success but also to achieve our real goal, which is to improve our patient care and safety every day.”
By: Neil Mowbray