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Hospitals Earn Four Stars in CMS Quality Star Ratings

From Dr. Stephanie Stovall, Lee Health’s chief clinical officer quality/patient safety and hospital-based care

At Lee Health, high-quality care and patient safety are our top priorities.

We are pleased to announce that three of our four acute care hospitals have been awarded four stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital all maintained their four-star status in this period, and Cape Coral Hospital earned a high three-star rating. Children’s hospitals are not included in this ranking system.

We are committed to constant improvement and we are always striving to provide the safest, highest level of care possible.

In the past five years, all Lee Health hospitals have risen from two-stars to three and four-stars by finding ways to constantly improve patient care. These newly-released ratings reflect the continuous improvements Lee Health takes to provide the highest quality of care to the community it serves.

CMS’s overall star rating is based on how well a hospital performs across different areas of quality, such as treating heart attacks and pneumonia, readmission rates and safety of care. The rating shows how individual hospitals perform compared to all hospitals across the country for the 5 groups or categories of quality measures that make up for the overall star rating.

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare hospitals more easily. The scores are based on previously reported quality and safety data points including: patient satisfaction, value and outcomes, among others. 

We are proud to be recognized by CMS for the high-quality care we provide to the Southwest Florida community, and I want to thank the entire Lee Health team for their dedication to excellent patient care.

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