Clark Regional Medical Center earns high CMS rating

Published 2:44 pm Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Clark Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Winchester has been awarded five stars in the latest round of Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

CRMC’s Overall Hospital Quality 5-Star Rating puts it among the top 14 percent of all eligible hospitals in the U.S. with respect to patient safety and the overall patient experience. Only 455 of the more than 3,300 hospitals received five stars. Clark Regional is one of only five hospitals in Kentucky to receive the rating.

“We have an amazing team here at Clark, and they work diligently to evaluate and improve the care and experiences provided to our patients and their families,” said Matt Smith, chief executive officer of Clark Regional Medical Center. “We are so proud to have received this 5-Star recognition from CMS and look forward to continuing our efforts to enhance the healthcare delivery for our community and advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier.”

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The Star Ratings program is designed to increase health care transparency and help patients and their family members make informed decisions about healthcare. CMS’ Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings measure hospitals based on their performance across seven quality areas: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging.

Clark Regional Medical Center has launched several initiatives in recent months aimed at further enhancing the quality of care provided to patients, including but not limited to: hard wiring the Foundational 5 initiatives, teach back, just culture, greater than 3 and VIP patients identifiers and pro-active methodologies to prevent the next possible harm.

“We are honored to serve the health care needs of our communities,” said Barbara Kinder, chief clinical officer for Clark Regional Medical Center. “We thank our providers, clinical teams and staff for their commitment to our patients and to one another. It is their dedication that made this five-star rating possible and that will continue to drive our quality improvement initiatives going forward.”

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