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Samaritan Medical Center Receives 4 out of 5 Stars for Overall Hospital Quality

Published on: July 7, 2021

High rating reflects Samaritan’s ongoing efforts to enhance safety and quality for its patients

Watertown, N.Y. – Samaritan Medical Center has achieved a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in their Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. Despite the unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic this past year, the hospital outperformed last year’s rating of three out of five stars, which represents the national average.

The Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating encompasses more than 50 inpatient and outpatient measures across five areas of quality into a single star rating (between one and five) for each hospital. The five areas include mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, and timely and effective care. The rating corresponds with data submitted to CMS by Samaritan in October 2020.

“The four-star rating reflects our successful efforts to continuously improve patient safety and quality of care at Samaritan Medical Center,” said CEO Thomas H. Carman. “Our robust Quality and Safety Program includes a comprehensive review of over 30 quality and safety indicators, each having set targets that we strive to achieve. We also regularly conduct focus groups within our organization to help reduce preventable readmissions, decrease hospital-acquired conditions and increase our patients’ overall experience while under our care.”

“I cannot thank all of our Samaritan caregivers enough for their unwavering commitment to our patients and residents during what has been a challenging year for all of us, and healthcare in general,” Carman added.

To learn more about CMS’ Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings, click here.