JC Blair Rated in Top 22% of Nation's Hospitals

Huntingdon, PA (7/28/2016) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday released star ratings for hospitals on its Hospital Compare website (www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare). J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon rated in the top 22% with a four star rating, one of 934 hospitals out of a total of 4,599 hospitals nationwide. Only 102 hospitals, or 2.2%, received the top rating of five stars.

The new Hospital Compare overall rating summarizes up to 64 reported quality measures that are divided into seven categories: mortality, safety, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging, to calculate the single star rating. The rating looks at common conditions that all hospitals treat, such as heart attacks and pneumonia, and shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S. The data comes from hospitals to CMS through a variety of required reporting. Some of the data is from Medicare patients only and some comes from all patients. The website displays an overall rating for about 80% of hospitals on Hospital Compare, as some hospitals did not have enough data to calculate a star rating.

Marlene Pierce, Vice President of Quality Improvement at J.C. Blair, says she is pleased with the four star rating. “Our physicians and staff look for opportunities every day to improve quality, safety, and the overall patient experience,” Pierce said. “We have teams working together to improve infection rates, our administration makes regular patient safety rounds, and our Journey to Excellence program is focused on improving the overall patient experience. It’s nice to see our efforts paying off with this commendable rating by CMS, as compared with hospitals nationwide. Of course, we will continue to strive for a five star rating. Residents of Huntingdon County and surrounding areas deserve the best in the country!”

J.C. Blair Chief of Staff Dr. Molly Ettenger is also pleased to see J.C. Blair recognized for its exceptional care. “I don’t think our community realizes sometimes what a gem we have in our community hospital and in the credentials of our medical staff. We have high standards and high expectations for our physicians and staff to perform at the highest level for our patients.”

National distribution of overall star ratings

The following table shows the national distribution of the overall star rating based on July 2016 data.

Overall Rating

Number of Hospitals (N=4,599, %)

5 stars

102 (2.2%)

4 stars

934 (20.3%)

3 stars

1,770 (38.5%)

2 stars

723 (15.7%)

1 star

133 (2.9)%

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937 (20.4%)