Methodist Hospital awarded top Medicare rating
Methodist Hospital of Southern California has been awarded a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Methodist Hospital is the only hospital in Los Angeles County to be given this rating.
“When I heard the news, I said ‘This is unbelievable,’” Methodist Hospital Foundation Board Member Kin Hui said. “We have to let people know how great the hospital is.”
Methodist Hospital is one of only 102 hospitals given a five-star rating nationwide. 4,599 hospitals were rated all together. Medicare ranks hospitals every year, based on 64 individual metrics that measure everything from patient care to breadth of treatment.
Previous years have seen the hospital receive only four stars. Methodist Hospital Foundation President Mike Driebe says efforts in community outreach and program expansions finally pushed the Arcadia healthcare center into the top two percent of all hospitals in the U.S.
“This hospital is what it is because of the community,” Driebe said.
Hospital officials also took the time to tout their new stroke treatment program. This program uses cutting edge technology pioneered by Methodist Hospital’s Dr. K. C. Tan to treat blood clots without invasive brain surgery.
According to Board of Directors Chairwoman Sherry Wang, Tan was recruited from a Las Vegas hospital specifically for this program, at the behest of Methodist Hospital CEO and President Dan Ausman.
On Oct. 8, the hospital will also host its 27th Annual Crystal Ball fundraiser, to honor major donors and raise funds to expand its stroke treatment program.
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