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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.

For the second consecutive year, no area hospital outshined EJGH. 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 naming EJGH as the region’s number one hospital.

“This is an important indicator for us because it shows that what we are doing, we’re doing right,” 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.”

"With this bold move, CMS came down on the side of patients and their families, helping make health care data more meaningful and actionable," said Leah Binder, CEO of the Leapfrog Group, the nation's leading nonprofit advocate of healthcare transparency.

"Health care 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.

 

* Results include only hospitals located on the East Bank and Southshore.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), previously known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), is a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and health insurance portability standards. In addition to these programs, CMS has other responsibilities, including the administrative simplification standards from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), quality standards in long-term care facilities (more commonly referred to as nursing homes) through its survey and certification process, clinical laboratory quality standards under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, and oversight of HealthCare.gov.