CHILLICOTHE, Mo.  – Hedrick Medical Center is one of only two critical access hospitals in Missouri to receive a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). There are 35 critical access hospitals in Missouri. Only nine out of 161 hospitals in Missouri received a 5-star rating, including fellow Saint Luke’s Health System hospitals Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, and Saint Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit. The rating also places Hedrick in the top 15% of all hospitals nationwide.

The Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating summarizes data from existing measures on CMS’s Care Compare website for each hospital to allow users to easily compare hospitals. Patients and caregivers can also compare hospitals’ performance for many common conditions. Hedrick was given a five-star rating based on 48 measures within five categories: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, and timely and effective care.

“The five-star rating underscores our relentless commitment to delivering exceptional health care services and ensuring the wellbeing of our patients,” said Steve Schieber, CEO, Hedrick Medical Center. “I’m incredibly proud of the staff for this achievement, which further motivates us to continue striving for excellence in all aspects of our organization.”

The national average is three out of five stars. CMS created the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating Program to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare hospitals more easily. Hospital ratings can be compared here.

Hedrick Medical Center is a member of Saint Luke's Health System, which consists of 14 area hospitals and several specialty and primary care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.