Morris Hospital achieves 5-star rating from CMS

Only 13% of hospitals in country have highest rating

MORRIS – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has given Morris Hospital a five-star rating for overall hospital quality, the highest rating a hospital can achieve. Only 13% of the 3,355 hospitals in the country have a five-star overall rating on the Care Compare website that was updated April 28 by CMS.

“This is the first time Morris Hospital has received a five-star overall rating from CMS, so this is a tremendous celebration,” said Kim Landers, vice president of patient care services and chief nurse executive at Morris Hospital. “Since the CMS overall star rating began five years ago, it has been our goal to achieve a five-star rating. And here we are, thanks to our incredible team’s commitment to patient experience and our many quality initiatives, including reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.”

CMS’s star rating system, which began in July 2016, is updated annually. For 2021, the overall rating is based on 48 quality measurements in five categories and shows how well each hospital performs compared with other hospitals. Morris Hospital met or exceeded the national benchmark in all five categories, which include patient experience, timely and effective care, readmission, safety of care and mortality.

According to CMS, the purpose of the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating is to summarize quality using measurable information reported on the Care Compare website in a way that is accessible and easy to understand for patients and consumers. Each hospital has a star rating that ranges from one to five stars, with five stars signifying highest quality. Anyone can go to medicare.gov/care-compare and search for a specific hospital by name, ZIP code or town/state and then compare quality and patient perception ratings of up to three hospitals at a time.

“We couldn’t be prouder to be part of one of the nation’s elite five-star hospitals,” Landers said.

Nationwide, 455 hospitals received a five-star rating from CMS, 988 received four stars, 1,018 received three stars, 690 received two stars and 204 received one star.

In addition to the five-star overall hospital quality rating on Care Compare, last week Morris Hospital received its sixth consecutive A on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade that was released April 29, a national distinction that recognizes a hospital’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

Serving patients at 26 locations, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers includes the 89-bed Morris Hospital, as well as physician offices in Braidwood, Channahon, Coal City, Dwight, Gardner, Marseilles, Mazon, Minooka, Morris, Newark, Ottawa, Seneca and Yorkville. Through the services of more than 1,700 health care professionals, physicians and volunteers, Morris Hospital provides lifesaving cardiac intervention with angioplasty and stents, a radiation therapy center for cancer patients, state-of-the-art intensive care unit, sleep center and walk-in care at four urgent care locations. Morris Hospital is a Level II trauma center, Level II perinatal care provider and primary stroke center. The hospital is known for its compassionate and personalized approach to health care and receives national recognition for quality and safety.