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5 stars

St. Luke’s honored with national recognition for patient experience

COLUMBUS—St. Luke’s Hospital is one of 266 hospitals nationwide and only 7 in North Carolina to recently receive a 5-star rating for patient experience by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The federal administrator of the nation’s major healthcare programs assigned a patient experience star rating to 3,478 hospitals based on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores collected from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019.

Of the results, 85 hospitals received 1 star; 528 hospitals received 2 stars; 1,479 hospitals received 3 stars; 1,120 hospitals received 4 stars and 266 hospitals received 5 stars.

“We are honored that St Luke’s has received national recognition for 5 Stars from CMS in the area of Patient Experience,” said St. Luke’s CEO Michelle Fortune. “Many patients tell us that we treat them like family here at St. Luke’s and truly, it is our intention to ensure that is the case. Every member of our team realizes that our community has choices for healthcare services and we want to provide high quality, personalized care that keeps our patient as the focus.

“We are worthy of 5 Stars because of the skilled, competent, compassionate team that makes up our organization. Without our people, none of this would be possible. In order to rank as a 5 star organization for patient experience, consistency is key. Every interaction, every time we must be focused on exceptional care, responsiveness and communication. To have our patients report that we have met this goal is the highest honor we can receive so we are thrilled with these results!”

St. Luke’s was one of 7 hospitals in the state to receive 5 stars, along with Cape Fear Valley Hoke Hospital in Raeford; Asheville-Oteen VA Medical Center in Asheville; Chatham Hospital in Siler City; Novant Health Medical Park Hospital in Winston-Salem; North Carolina Specialty Hospital in Durham and Davie Medical Center in Mocksville.

Prisma Health Patewood Hospital in Greeneville, S.C. was the only 5-star recipient in South Carolina.