OMC, Jefferson Healthcare receive 5-star rating from Hospital Compare

Both Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles and Sequim and Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend received five stars from Hospital Compare, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services online guide.

The guide allows consumers to view quality data for more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the nation. Ratings can be found at www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html.

Five stars is the highest number given any hospital, the website says.

The most common rating is three or four stars, the website says. Forks Community Hospital was awarded three stars, but several categories had no data available. In the categories rated, the Forks hospital was ranked equal to or higher than the national average.

OMC was found to be above the national average in safety of care, readmission and efficient use of medical imaging, and equal to the national average in mortality, patient experience, effectiveness of care and timeliness of care.

Jefferson Healthcare was rated above the national average in readmission and patient experience and equal to the national average in mortality, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging.

Forks Community Hospital lacked data for the mortality and effectiveness of care categories and had too few instances to rate in the areas of safety of care and patient experience.

In 2020, only 407 hospitals of the more than 4,000 rated (about 8.9 percent) received a five-star rating, the group said.

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