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MedStar Union Memorial Hospital Earns Five-Star Rating From CMS

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BALTIMORE—(January 4, 2018) —MedStar Union Memorial Hospital has earned five stars- the highest possible rating- from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Hospital Compare, a program designed to give consumers an overall review of quality of care. Only ten percent of the nation’s hospitals can claim the achievement.

Hospital Compare summarizes up to 57 quality measures in categories of mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging. They are measured on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, and three being the national average score. CMS provides the data on its Hospital Compare website so that patients and families can make a side by side comparison when weighing the performance of hospitals they might choose for medical care.

MedStar Union Memorial rated above the national average in safety of care, readmissions and the efficient use of medical imaging.

“Hospital Compare is one tool in the tool box for patients and families to use when making decisions about where to go for healthcare,” said Bradley S. Chambers, president of MedStar Union Memorial, and Senior Vice President at MedStar Health. “We’re very proud of this achievement, especially as a high reliability organization, where we strive for transparent and consistent excellence in quality and safety for every patient, every day. This is a tremendous recognition which we can’t understate.”

The overall rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S.

Click here to learn more about the CMS Hospital Compare.

About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 223-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. With roots stemming back to 1854, MedStar Union Memorial has provided high quality care for 160 years. As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial is home to: The Curtis National Hand Center, the only hand center designated by Congress as The National Center for the Treatment of Hand and Upper Extremity; MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, a premier cardiovascular program in the mid-Atlantic, aligned with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program; and MedStar Union Memorial Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, the oldest hospital based Sports Medicine Program in Maryland (founded in 1979).  In addition, MedStar Union Memorial offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including oncology, diabetes and endocrinology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). It is the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial is also TJC-certified in hip and knee replacement, CARF-accredited in inpatient rehabilitation and Curtis Work Rehabilitation Services, and has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for Maryland.

MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional health care system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area.

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