January 24, 2018, Mission Viejo, Calif. – Mission Hospital is pleased to announce it has received the prestigious
5-Star rating award—the highest possible score—for Quality
of Care by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), according
to the December 2017 report by Medicare.gov on the Hospital Compare site.
Mission Hospital is one of only two hospitals in Orange County to receive
a 5-star rating.
“At Mission Hospital our team takes great pride in delivering exceptional,
high quality care to each patient,” said Tarek Salaway, Chief Executive,
Mission Hospital. Salaway continued, “The recognition of excellence
through CMS’s 5-Star Quality of Care designation is a reflection
of the tremendous efforts of each our doctors, clinicians and front line
staff to provide our patients with outstanding healthcare every day.”
The ratings published by CMS are designed to help consumers make more informed
decisions by comparing hospitals evaluating safety, clinical quality and
patient experiences at more than 4,000 hospitals nationwide. Mission Hospital
was one of only 337 hospitals in the United States, and one of only two
hospitals in Orange County, to receive the Five-Star rating for 2017.
The national average for hospitals is three out of five stars.
“We are very proud of our health care team for achieving such an
important distinction for quality and safety,” says James Wickham,
M.D., Chief of Staff for Mission Hospital. Wickham continued, “This
is an incredible recognition that supports our ongoing efforts to provide
great care to our patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
The Star Ratings Program is one of CMS's initiatives to rate and improve
health care quality and make it relatable to consumers. The CMS Hospital
Compare report includes information on over 100 quality measures nationwide.
The Overall Star Rating Report summarizes information in a way that is
useful and easy to interpret for patients and consumers. Consistent with
other star rating programs, the methodology assigns each hospital between
one and five stars, reflecting the hospital’s overall performance
on select quality measures.
Mission Hospital’s performance and overall rating is based on a cumulative
score across seven different areas, including mortality, readmission,
safety of care, patient experience using the Hospital Consumer Assessment
of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, efficient use of
medical imaging, and timeliness and effectiveness of care.
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About Mission Hospital
Mission Hospital is a state-of-the art, 523-bed acute care regional medical
center in Mission Viejo, California. As one of the busiest designated
adult and pediatric Level II Trauma Centers in the state of California,
Mission Hospital provides a full range of reputable specialty health care
services with highly skilled teams treating a multitude of complex conditions.
Services include a full range of expertise in cardiovascular, neuroscience
and spine, orthopedics, cancer care, women’s services, mental health
and wellness, and a variety of other specialty services. Mission Hospital
in Laguna Beach (MHLB) provides South Orange County coastal communities
with 24-hour emergency and intensive care as well as medical-surgical/telemetry
services, orthopedics, general and GI surgery. CHOC Children’s at
Mission Hospital is a 54-bed facility that is the area’s only dedicated
Fully accredited by The Joint Commission and designated as a Magnet hospital
by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence, Mission
Hospital is highly recognized for its high quality of care, evidenced
through a multitude of healthcare quality benchmarks. Mission Hospital
is part of St. Joseph Health, a not-for-profit provider of integrated
health care. Together, we work to improve the quality of life in the communities
it serves in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. For
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