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Shawnee Mission Medical Center Earns Second Consecutive Five-Star Quality Rating from CMS’s Hospital Compare
Merriam, KS
10/24/2016 09:20 AM

Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) once again earned five stars from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new Hospital Compare website, the highest possible rating. For the second time in a row, SMMC is the only hospital in the Kansas City metropolitan area to be awarded five stars. Only 112 of the 3,693 U.S. hospitals surveyed achieved the full five-star rating.

The overall rating includes 60 of the more than 100 measures reported to Medicare. Hospital Compare divides the measures into seven categories: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging. Along with the overall rating, Hospital Compare includes information on many important aspects of quality, such as rates of infection, complications and patients’ experiences, all based on survey results.

“We have continued and improved upon the same quality initiatives that earned us a five-star rating in July,” said Chief Medical Officer Larry Botts, MD. “We are proud to once again be the only hospital in the Kansas City area to achieve five stars, and thank our dedicated nurses, physicians and entire staff for their work to make this possible.”

CMS first revealed an overall star rating for hospitals in July 2016. The rating is meant to provide a starting point for comparing a hospital to others locally and nationwide. While patients are encouraged to seek the nearest hospital in case of an emergency, Hospital Compare provides a place for those who are able to plan ahead to research their options.

“Shawnee Mission Medical Center has achieved various quality distinctions, but with only three percent of the eligible hospitals earning five stars from CMS, this is one that we are particularly proud of,” said Administrative Director of Quality and Safety Lori K. Clayman, RN, BSN, MA, CPHQ. “This is a testament to our continuous work to provide safe, high-quality care that is much more than medicine for our patients.”

To see how SMMC’s score compares locally and nationally, visit the Hospital Compare website at


About Shawnee Mission Health

Shawnee Mission Health (SMH) is a network of health care facilities and services located throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and surrounding communities. The network includes Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) in Merriam, Kan., a 504-bed facility with more than 22,000 inpatient admissions and more than 200,000 outpatient admissions annually; SMH – Prairie Star, a comprehensive health care facility located in western Lenexa, Kan.; Centra Care Shawnee Mission Urgent Care locations and physician practices located throughout Johnson and Leavenworth Counties. SMH serves more than 72,000 patients in its emergency departments annually, has the area's first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center and delivers more babies each year at SMMC than any other hospital in the metro area. SMH also has some of the highest customer service (HCAHPS) scores in the Kansas City metro and was the only hospital in the Kansas City metro to earn five stars from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare in July 2016. The network employs more than 3,200 local residents and supports a staff of more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties, the largest medical staff of any full-service hospital in Kansas City. SMH is part of Adventist Health System (AHS), the largest not-for-profit, Protestant health care organization in the nation. AHS affiliates offer a broad continuum of health services that enrich the bodies, minds and spirits of individuals who live in the communities they serve. Visit us online at

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