East Jefferson General Hospital, (EJGH) earned four stars when the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its much-anticipated Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings.
Their four stars places the institution among the top 20 percent of 4,599 rated hospitals in the country, according to data released by CMS. This rating comes on the heels of both Leapfrog and CareChex, two independent hospital rating services, which awarded EJGH their highest rankings with CareChex naming EJGH Louisiana’s Number One Hospital in Overall Hospital and Medical Care.
“Every day, our guiding principle is putting the patient first, and this honor, along with other recent accolades, confirm that we are succeeding in delivering care built around the specific needs of each individual patient,” said EJGH President and CEO Gerald Parton. “These rankings are based upon a combination of our clinical data/outcomes and patient surveys.” Parton went on to say, “Rankings like these make it easy for people to choose the best healthcare possible for themselves and their families. I’m thrilled, yet not surprised, that we received such a high rating.”
The CMS ratings are a composite metric of one to five stars, conveying the overall quality of more than 4,000 hospitals in the United States. CMS uses 64 different measures to assess the quality of hospitals, all of which are posted on the Hospital Compare site.
"With this bold move, CMS came down on the side of patients and their families, helping make healthcare data more meaningful and actionable," said Leah Binder, CEO of the Leapfrog Group, the nation's leading nonprofit advocate of healthcare transparency.
"Healthcare data should never again be locked away in an ivory tower accessible only by providers or policymakers. Which hospital you choose can mean the difference between a quick recovery or a dangerous hospital-acquired infection; between feeling respected and cared for, or ignored and distrusted. By putting meaningful metrics into the hands of consumers, we allow them to make informed decisions, and every American deserves that opportunity."
EJGH is one of just two hospitals in the New Orleans area with four stars while four earned three stars and three hospitals earned two stars. The national average came in at 3.09 stars.