Penrose-St. Francis Health Services received four stars on a new five-star rating system released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) late last week.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services surpassed hospitals evaluated in the region, stated a news release sent by Penrose.

University of Colorado Health – Memorial Hospital Central earned two stars.

The new rating systems are part of an initiative by CMS to use a five-star rating system across all of its websites, intended to help consumers compare the quality of health care providers. The data for the ratings was compiled through the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, which evaluates patients’ experiences at the hospitals.

The ratings were assigned using data gathered from surveys provided to a random sampling of patients between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. The survey assesses patients’ opinions about factors such as hospital staff responsiveness, quality of care transitions and how well information about medications is communicated. The survey also asks about cleanliness and quietness of the hospital and whether or not the patient would recommend it to others.

Over 3,500 hospitals across the U.S. received a new summary rating applied to their Hospital Compare pages. Penrose-St. Francis was among 1,205 hospitals that received four stars and only 251 hospitals earned five-star ratings.

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