OSF Saint Luke earns prestigious 4-star rating from the National Rural Rating System

1/09/2024 - Kewanee, Illinois

  • Mission Partners with Award Certificates

OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center, a committed health care provider in Kewanee, is proud to announce it has been awarded a prestigious four-star rating by the National Rural Rating System (NRRS), a program recognizing excellence in rural health care.

This esteemed designation is a testament to the dedication of OSF Saint Luke to delivering high-quality care and exceptional patient experiences. The NRRS evaluates hospitals based on rigorous standards, including patient satisfaction, quality of care, and overall hospital performance.

Jackie Kernan, president of OSF Saint Luke, is proud of the work done to achieve this impressive rating. “Our Mission Partners strive each day to provide compassionate high-quality care. This award recognizes their commitment to serving with the greatest care and love.”

The four-star rating reflects the ongoing commitment of OSF Saint Luke to meet the unique health care needs of the rural communities we serve. This recognition highlights the hospital's success in providing outstanding medical services, despite the challenges often faced by rural health care facilities.

Brian Lee, chairman of National Rural Rating System reflects, “This award is a testament to their unwavering commitment, dedication, expertise and compassionate care provided to the community every day. In a rural setting, where health care challenges are unique and often complex, achieving this level of excellence signifies not just clinical capabilities, but also a deep connection to the community. This recognition reaffirms rural health care to be a beacon of health, hope, and healing.”

OSF Saint Luke extends a heartfelt thanks to its dedicated team of health care professionals, whose tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to patient care have made this achievement possible.

The five-star rating system ranks rural and critical access hospitals – with five stars being the top ranking and one star being the lowest. The star ratings are like the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) star systems, which allow hospitals/clinics to promote their success and are used as high-quality recognitions. Most small and rural hospitals (60%) do not qualify because of a low number of qualifying inpatients for the CMS rankings, but are held to the same high patient satisfaction criteria. This new program recognizes the hard work and dedication rural and critical access hospitals provide across the country. The rankings will include overnight hospital stays (HCAHPS) and are based on data collected by certified CMS patient satisfaction vendors. For more information visit FiveStarRatings.org.



Samantha Harker Rux
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