Sidney, MT - Sidney Health Center is proud to announce its designation as a 5-star hospital on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Care Compare website. The 5-star rating is a testament to the exceptional quality of care and commitment to patient well-being demonstrated by the hospital's dedicated team of physicians and staff.
The CMS Hospital Care Compare website assesses hospitals' performance across various areas of quality, including the treatment of heart attacks and strokes, readmission rates, and safety of care. Sidney Health Center's overall rating reflects its excellence in these critical areas, highlighting its commitment to providing top-notch healthcare services to the community.
The categories reported to Medicare and rated for the 5-star designation are as follows:
• Timely and Effective Care
• Safety of Care
• Mortality Rates
• Readmissions to the Hospital
• Patient Experience
Within these categories, various performance indicators are evaluated, such as Emergency Department length of stay, the percentage of employees who receive the flu shot, and hospital readmission rates. These indicators are crucial in ensuring the hospital maintains the highest standards of patient care and safety.
Jennifer Doty, Sidney Health Center CEO, expressed her pride in the achievement, stating, "The 5-star CMS rating is a direct result of hard work put in by physicians and staff across the organization. Our team has focused on improving communication, evaluating and enhancing workflows, and achieving outstanding results in several areas. I am extremely proud of their dedication and teamwork as we continually work to create a culture of excellence."
This prestigious recognition marks a significant improvement for Sidney Health Center, which was previously listed as a 3-star hospital. The hospital's transformation can be attributed to the successful implementation of numerous patient-centered care practices. Over the past year, clinical staff has prioritized bedside shift reports, care team rounds with the patients, and readmission evaluations to identify gaps in care and recurring issues.
Care Compare, a consumer-oriented website, plays a crucial role in empowering patients to make informed decisions about their healthcare services. By providing essential information on recommended care and the quality of services offered by hospitals, Care Compare aids patients in choosing the best healthcare provider for their specific needs.
Sidney Health Center remains committed to maintaining its 5-star rating and continuing to deliver outstanding healthcare services to the community. Through unwavering dedication and a steadfast focus on patient-centric care, the hospital aims to be a regional center of excellence in the rural healthcare setting.