Deborah Names a Top 5-Star Rated Hospital by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Deborah Heart and Lung Center earned a 5-Star top rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Deborah Heart and Lung Center is one of only six hospitals (out of 67 in New Jersey) to receive 5 Stars, and the rating places the Center in the top 8% of hospitals in the country.

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“We are honored to be a CMS 5-Star rated hospital,” said Joseph Chirichella, Deborah President and CEO. “This reinforces our recent 3-Star highest level rating on quality outcomes for cardiac surgery from the Society for Thoracic Surgeons. The staff of the Center work exceptionally hard to ensure our quality measures exceed standards, and that our patient experience is the very best. All of these contribute to Deborah’s overall superior ratings, which is important for patients when making decisions about choosing a hospital for care. While no single rating should determine your care decisions, the CMS rating system is the only one that is standardized across the industry and looks at hospitals equally across the nation. For this reason, it is gratifying to be recognized by the federal government as one of the best hospitals in the country.”

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This is the first time since 2017 that CMS has updated its Hospital Compare ratings. This national rating system calculates more than 60 different quality measures in seven categories: mortality, safety, readmissions, patient experience, timeliness of care, effectiveness of care, and imaging efficiency. It is designed for consumers to compare quality measures and is the most standardized benchmark of hospital quality in the country.

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