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Published on December 28, 2017

Palos Hospital Receives Five-Star Rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

Palos Hospital received a five-star rating−-the highest possible−-from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that runs the Medicare program. Overall hospital ratings were published on December 20, 2017 on the Hospital Compare website.

Across Illinois, 161 of 185 hospitals were rated. Only 20 Illinois hospitals received a five-star rating.

Palos Hospital previously had a four-star rating from CMS. The new, improved rating makes Palos one of only two five-star community hospitals in the south suburbs of Chicago.

“The five-star rating from CMS offers further support that our goal to provide high-quality, compassionate health care to our community is being met,” said Terrence Moisan, M.D., President and CEO of Palos Health. “Our high marks for quality in many categories speak to the commitment and dedication of our staff at Palos to achieving the best possible outcomes for patients.”

CMS awards an overall rating to hospitals throughout the country of one to five stars based on 57 quality measures. The ratings were developed to help consumers make informed decisions about where to seek medical treatment and other kinds of care.

The quality measures evaluate each hospital’s performance in seven areas: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging.  Star ratings demonstrate how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the United States.

CMS ratings began in 2016 and are published annually, although there are plans to issue the ratings semi-annually beginning in 2018.