Banner Goldfield earns five stars in Medicare ratings

Banner Goldfield Medical Center, 2050 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, is one of 251 hospitals nationwide and one of four in Arizona to earn five stars in a new rating system released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to a press release.
On the scale of one to five, more stars indicate better quality care. The ratings are based on patient experience surveys sent to a random sample of adult patients between 48 hours and six weeks of discharge. Surveys were not restricted to Medicare beneficiaries, according to the release.
The surveys measured 11 facets of patient care, such as nurse and doctor communication, responsiveness of hospital staff, cleanliness, quietness and more.
“While we know that these star ratings are just one of many measurements of quality in health care, we are pleased to see that Banner Goldfield has earned the distinction of being among the few hospitals awarded five stars,” Jason Brown, MD, chief medical officer of Banner Goldfield, said in the release.
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