July 17, 2024

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Rapid City hospital ratings have risen

Monument Health's flagship hospital in Rapid City, S.D., had the state's lowest safety and quality rating from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2023.

After two years with the lowest possible health and safety rating from the federal government, Monument Health’s score will rise from a 1-star to a 3-star rating when the new results are released publicly in July, the Rapid City hospital said Wednesday.

“These achievements demonstrate the effectiveness of our ongoing quality initiatives, and we will continue to strive for excellence in all aspects of patient care,” Jill Tice, Monument Health vice president of quality, safety and risk management, said in a news release.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ratings range from the lowest, a 1-star overall rating, to the highest, a 5-star rating, based on dozens of criteria in five major medical safety and quality categories.