Aurora, Colo - HCA Healthcare/HealthONE's The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) has received a five-star rating for overall quality from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the most recent release of their Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. This is the second time that TMCA has received a five-star rating in the CMS Hospital Compare Program. The ratings are based on quality data as recent as October 2019.

"I am extremely proud of our organization for receiving another five-star rating," said Ryan Simpson, President and CEO of The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. "Our colleagues and physicians make this achievement possible with their dedication to providing safe, high-quality care to our patients."

CMS uses the overall hospital rating system to publicly report how well 4,500 U.S. hospitals perform in seven key quality measures - mortality, the safety of care, readmission, patient experience, the effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging. The overall hospital rating ranges from 1 to 5 stars and hospitals with more stars performed better in these measures. In the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings for 2020, CMS gave 407 hospitals a five-star rating.

Hospital Compare is part of the CMS Hospital Quality Initiative. The goal of the program is to help improve hospitals' quality of care through easy to understand data on hospital performance, and quality information from patient perspectives. The star ratings are provided as a service to the public to help consumers understand a hospital's quality performance.