ADA, OK – The Chickasaw Nation Medical Center (CNMC) received a five-star rating by Becker’s Hospital Review in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings for 2022. Twice in the last three years, the CNMC has received a five-star rating.
“We are dedicated to providing quality health care and were pleased our Chickasaw Nation Medical Center received a five-star rating for 2022 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, putting us in the top 15.9 percent of the country’s 3,093 hospitals,” said Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor Chris Anoatubby.
Five key metrics are used when evaluating hospitals for the CMS overall star rating including mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, and timely and effective care. Each category has a measured weight of 22 percent, with the exception of timely and effective care, which measures at 12 percent.
“This national recognition is evidence of our Chickasaw Nation Department of Health staff’s strong commitment to quality, compassionate and culturally appropriate health care,” said Admiral (Ret.) Kevin Meeks, Deputy Secretary of Health at the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health. “At the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health, our patients come first in everything we do.”
CMS is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The federal agency runs Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance programs, and the federally-facilitated marketplace. The CMS also provides data to health care systems for better care, giving them access to coverage, improving patients’ health.
Serving all First Americans, the 72-bed CNMC hospital features a level three emergency department, numerous specialized clinics, ambulatory care facility, diagnostic imaging center, women’s health center, as well as many tribal health programs.
“The Chickasaw Nation Department of Health is committed to assuring patients receive high-quality, safe care that is kind, compassionate and patient centered,” said Dr. John Krueger, Chickasaw Nation Under Secretary of Medical Staff/Quality. “This recognition by CMS validates the work of our amazing staff and the execution of Governor and Lt. Governor Anoatubby’s vision to develop world class, high quality health care.”
The Chickasaw Nation’s investment of more than $150 million in building the CNMC has enhanced health care access and added hundreds of additional jobs in Ada, OK. These professional positions include physicians, nurses and support staff. Funding for long-term staffing was made possible through a joint venture between the Chickasaw Nation and the U.S. Indian Health Service.