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Published on December 21, 2017

Five Stars for Cone Health

Several Cone Health hospitals earn top quality ratings from the federal government.


Four Cone Health Hospitals earn five stars when it comes to quality. Another hospital earns two stars. The latest ratings are from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The stars give consumers easy-to-understand guidance about the quality of hospital care. Annie Penn Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Women’s Hospital have been awarded five-star ratings. Alamance Regional Medical Center received two-stars.

Quality is determined by measuring the performance of more than 4,000 hospitals on 57 quality measures.  The measures are grouped into seven categories:

  • Mortality (Death rate in seven conditions.)
  • Safety of care (How well infections are avoided.)
  • Readmission rates (Avoiding unplanned return visits to the hospital.)
  • Patient experience (Variables from understanding the doctor and nurse to willingness to recommend hospital to others.)
  • Effectiveness of care (Were people with heart attack, stroke and other conditions treated quickly and correctly?)
  • Timeliness of care (How quickly people were treated in the emergency room.)
  • Efficient use of medical imaging (Making sure expensive MRIs and CT scans are done only when appropriate.)

“These are great results. Four of our five acute care hospitals were recognized by CMS as high performing. We were not surprised with the two-star rating at Alamance Regional Medical Center,” says Bruce Swords, chief medical officer, Cone Health. “CMS uses data that is several years old when comparing hospitals. If you look at more recent ratings from Healthgrades, CareChex and Leapfrog, you will see that Alamance Regional is a very high-performing hospital.”

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