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St. Mark's Medical Center earns CMS 4-Star Quality Rating

Release date: August 8, 2022

La Grange, TX - St. Mark's Medical Center (SMMC) is proud to announce its 4-star quality rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), above the 2022 national average.

CMS ratings provide consumers with indications of a hospital's quality based on a 5-star scale, and annually compiles the ratings by assessing hospitals across the US in five sets of quality measures -- which also factors in performance measured against time:

  • Mortality
  • Safety of care
  • Readmission rates
  • Patients experience; and
  • Timeliness and effectiveness of care

Hospitals report their own data and are eligible to receive a rating if they report at least three measures in each of three or more measure groups, including either mortality or safety of care.

More than 4,500 hospitals were eligible to receive star ratings. The star ratings reflect a hospital's performance on those measures relative to other US hospitals in a "peer group," which is based on the number of measure sets in which a hospital reports enough data to be scored. In 2022, the average rating is three stars.

"We continue to see the fruits of our labor and are extremely proud of the hard work that our team has dedicated to improve the health and safety of our patients," said SMMC President and CEO Mark Kimball. "We know we're making improvements in care -- and in the information technology side -- and the 2022 CMS rating validates both."

"We are extremely pleased to see the overall strides we're making, including in our ability to capture data that reflects the safety of care and our patients' experience," said SMMC Chief Clinical Officer Tammy Hartfield. "The data provides us a more accurate picture of patient care and outcomes, and allows us to set measurable targets," she added. "In health care today, data integration across a facility's entire operation is a critical piece of the puzzle; it must be both accurate and accessible."

A full list of hospitals registered with Medicare and their ratings can be found here:

St. Mark's Medical Center (SMMC), is one of the top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the United States as ranked by the Chartis Center for Rural Health, and in 2022, rated a 4-star hospital by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The 100,000 sq. ft. community hospital serves residents of Fayette County and surrounding communities with the latest medical technology and comprehensive health care from highly skilled physicians, nurses and professional staff. Services include cardiac, physical and occupational rehabilitation; wound care; orthopedic care; inpatient and outpatient care; a 24 hour emergency department; outpatient/elective surgeries and procedures; as well as laboratory and imaging services.

To learn more about St. Mark's Medical Center and our services or career opportunities, please visit

Mark Kimball, SMMC President and CEO

Tammy Hartfield, SMMC Chief Clinical Officer

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