Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital receives 4-star rating from CMS

Published in News

Author: Staff

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on July 27th. Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital received a 4 star rating.

The Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating methodology takes 62 existing quality measures already reported on CMS’ Hospital Compare website and summarizes them into a unified rating of one to five stars. Star ratings are commonly used in other industries and are familiar to most consumers.

Kate Goodrich, Director for CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, stated, “The rating includes quality measures for routine care that the average individual receives, such as care received when being treated for heart attacks or pneumonia, to quality measures that focus on hospital-acquired infections, such as catheter-associated urinary tract infections.”

Nationally, 2.2% of hospitals received a 5 star rating, 20.3% received a 4 star rating, 38.5% a 3 star rating, 15.7% a 2 star rating and 2.9% a 1 star rating.

“Rice’s results are the outcome of the efforts of many in a variety of disciplines working together to achieve optimal results for our patients,” said Teri Beyer, Chief Quality Officer at Rice.

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) recommends that consumers use CMS’s “Hospital Compare” website and Minnesota Community Measurement’s “HealthScores” website to access quality information that is relevant to the types of care they need.

Hospital Compare has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. Visit https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html.

HealthScores has information about quality, patient experience and general cost at more than 1,400 clinics, 535 medical groups and 140 hospitals in Minnesota and neighboring communities. Visit http://www.mnhealthscores.org/.