Published on August 02, 2022

Essentia hospitals lauded for quality by CMS, including St. Mary’s Medical Center receiving first five-star rating

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2022 ratings for hospitals as part of its Care Compare program, and Essentia Health’s hospitals fared remarkably well.

Essentia Health-FargoSt. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth received Essentia’s first five-star rating, the best rating a health care facility can receive. Of the more than 3,000 health care facilities scored nationwide, less than 14% received a five-star rating.

Four Essentia hospitals earned four stars, meaning they performed better than average compared to similar health care facilities — scoring among the top 29% of CMS-ranked hospitals nationwide. Those four hospitals are Essentia Health-Fargo, Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes, Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Essentia Health-Duluth.

The overall rating is based on how well a hospital performs across different areas of quality, like the patient experience, providing timely and effective care, readmission rates, mortality and safety. 

“Patients can be assured when they come to Essentia facilities they are receiving the safest and highest quality of care,” said Dr. Gratia Pitcher, Essentia’s chief quality and patient safety officer. “This rating is one way to show the communities we’re privileged to serve that safety and high-quality patient care are top priorities for Essentia.”  

When making health care decisions, patients should use all the tools at their disposal, such as talking with friends and family as well as consulting with doctors, nurses and other trusted health care providers. The Care Compare website is another tool that patients can use to research high-quality care.