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Three Regional Health Hospitals Earn Four-Star Rating

Jan 08, 2018 12:58PM ● By MED Editor

Regional Health Rapid City Hospital has been rated a four-star hospital by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), up from last year's three stars. Regional Health Spearfish Hospital retained its four-star rating for this year, and Regional Health Sturgis Hospital was also rated four stars, its first-ever star rating from CMS.  

CMS, the federal agency that administers Medicare and works with state governments to administer Medicaid, launched its one-to-five-star hospital quality ratings in 2016. The agency combines more than 50 measures into a single rating, which is listed on the CMS Hospital Compare website. 

“We work hard every day to ensure that patients have the best possible experience at our hospitals and healing environments. That’s why this four-star recognition from CMS is so rewarding,” said Nicole Kerkenbush, Regional Health Chief Performance Officer. “The CMS Hospital Compare ratings are a great tool for us to review our performance and find ways to enhance service to our patients.” 

In the latest report, Rapid City Hospital was above the national average in three measures: readmission, efficient use of medical imaging and timeliness of care. Spearfish Hospital was above the national average in readmission, patient experience and timeliness of care.  

Regional Health's Rapid City, Spearfish and Sturgis hospitals are the only health care centers in Western South Dakota to be included in the Hospital Compare star ratings. Others, including Regional's acute care hospitals in Custer and Lead-Deadwood, are either too small or too specialized to provide enough data for Hospital Compare's broad list of measures.