Essentia Health receives CMS four-star ratingMay 04, 2021 03:58PM ● By Med Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2021 ratings for hospitals as part of its Care Compare program.
Essentia Health-Fargo received the only four-star overall rating among Fargo hospitals. In addition, Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes received a four-star rating.
The overall rating is based on how well a hospital performs across different areas of quality, like treating heart attacks and pneumonia, readmission rates and safety of care.
These Essentia facilities also each achieved a four-star patient survey rating. The patient survey rating measures patients’ experiences of their hospital care. Recently discharged patients were asked about important topics like how well nurses and doctors communicated, how responsive hospital staff were to their needs, and the cleanliness and quietness of the hospital environment.
“High quality patient care and safety is the standard at Essentia Health,” shares Dr. Bill Heegaard, president. “This high rating is one more way to let the public know receiving care at Essentia Health is safe and the highest quality.”
When making health care decisions, patients should use all the tools at their disposal, such as talking with friends and family as well as consulting with doctors, nurses and other trusted health care providers. The Care Compare website is another tool that patients can use to research high quality care.
You can find the ratings for a variety of facilities on the Medicare's care compare website.