UP Health System – Marquette Receives CMS 3-Star Rating

August 4, 2016

August 4, 2016 - MARQUETTE - UP Health System – Marquette announced that the hospital has received a 3-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This rating means that UP Health System – Marquette is in line with the national standard of care across several categories which are used to calculate the star rating.

UP Health System - Marquette scored higher than the national average for teaching hospitals in its CMS star rating.¹ The average CMS star rating for teaching hospitals in the US was 2.87.² UP Health System - Marquette also scored higher than the national average for hospitals of its size. The average CMS star rating for hospitals with 200 or more beds was reported at 2.81.² This new data comes from an official CMS data brief published in July 2016.

The CMS unveiled its new, expanded Star Ratings program as part of its national push to increase healthcare transparency and help patients and their family members make informed decisions about their healthcare. CMS has been posting its quarterly Star Ratings via the web site Hospital Compare since April 16th, 2015. 

The new Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings summarizes existing data on CMS Hospital Compare in order to provide a rating of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 stars, with 5 being the best possible rating. The data used to determine the star ratings includes mortality outcomes, safety outcomes, readmission outcomes, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging.

Jim Bogan, Market President of UP Health System said, “We are pleased by the 3-star rating that UP Health System – Marquette was given through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings program. We attribute our success to our system-wide commitment to quality.” 

Going forward, as part of an organization-wide effort to improve quality and patient outcomes, UP Health System – Marquette will continue to monitor its progress and explore opportunities to further enhance patient care to ensure a positive experience for every patient. 

¹ UP Health System - Marquette CMS Star Rating via CMS Hospital Compare

² "Data Brief: Evaluation of National Distributions of Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings." Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. July 21, 2016. CMS.gov. 

About UP Health System - Marquette

UP Health System – Marquette (UPHS – Marquette) is a federally-designated Regional Referral Center for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP). UPHS - Marquette is a Level II Trauma Center, as verified by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. The Joint Commission awarded the hospital the Gold Seal of Approval for its Primary Stroke Center in 2010, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan gave UPHS - Marquette its Blue Distinction for Spine Surgery in 2010.  In oncology, we have been granted designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. 

Currently a 315-bed specialty care hospital, we are in the construction stage of our new state of the art hospital, anticipated completion in the fall of 2018. As Upper Michigan's Regional Medical Center, UPHS - Marquette recruits for employed and private practice positions in Marquette, Michigan, and similar positions at hospital-owned clinics in eight other communities throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Our dynamic medical staff of more than 200 doctors upholds our high standards of excellence. They work as a team with our employees in caring for approximately 12,000 inpatients and more than 350,000 outpatients a year.   

UP Health System – Marquette’s major services include its Heart & Vascular Institute, Cancer Center, Brain & Spine Center, Rehabilitation Center, Behavioral Health, Digestive Health, Bariatric Medicine & Weight Management Center and Women’s Health, Family Birthing, and Pediatrics Center. The hospital also provides the region’s premier services in imaging, surgery and laboratory and is home to the UP Telehealth Network, a leading telehealth network in the nation. We also service many of the communities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with 42 primary and specialty care clinics spread throughout the region.

About Duke LifePoint Healthcare

Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Health (NASDAQ: LPNT), was established to build a dynamic network of hospitals and healthcare providers. The joint venture, which brings together LifePoint's experience in community-based hospital management and Duke's world-renowned leadership in patient safety and clinical quality systems, is strengthening and improving healthcare delivery by providing community hospitals the clinical, quality and operational resources they need to grow and prosper.

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