Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington has been named a 5-Star Hospital by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  The star ratings - 5 stars being the top rating- relate to patients’ experience of care. The ratings are based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey at more than 4000 Medicare-certified acute care hospitals across the country.   The summary star rating combines information about different aspects of patient’s experience of care.

The HCAHPS survey focused on three topics: composite topics, individual topics and global topics encompassing eleven measures which are categorized as follows:

  • Composite topics include nurse communication, doctor communication, and responsiveness of hospital staff, pain management, and communication about medicines, discharge information and care transition.
  • Individual topics reviewed include patients’ perception of cleanliness of hospital environment and quietness of hospital environment.
  • Global topics include hospital rating and willingness to recommend hospital.

“We are honored to receive one of the federal government’s highest commendations for hospitals.  Our entire team works hard and is gratified that our patients feel they receive outstanding care when they choose Fairview Hospital and our Health System.   The Hospital Compare web site is recognized as an important tool for consumers.  In this era of information overload, the CMS 5-Star rating is a trusted source and among the most respected for its quality and value to healthcare consumers,” notes Fairview’s Executive Vice President, Anthony Rinaldi.

Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with organizations representing consumers, hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, and other federal agencies.

The Hospital Compare web site can be viewed at www.hospitalcompare.org.