Stoughton Hospital was recognized last week with a five-star rating from the U.S. Centers for Medicare (CMS) and Medicaid Services, one of only 282 hospitals nationwide to receive the ranking.

CMS’ Hospital Compare website, which reports on quality measures, rates more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide, according to a news release from Stoughton Hospital. The ratings are based on 57 quality measures that are broken into seven categories: effectiveness of care, efficient use of medical imaging, mortality, patient experience, readmissions, safety of care and timeliness of care.

Stoughton Hospital president and CEO Dan DeGroot said he is “really proud” of the hospital team.

“We work very hard to provide the best possible care to our patients and their families,” he said in the release. “Patients have choices and we want to be the community’s hospital of choice by providing outstanding quality care and customer service.”

The medicare.gov website compares how Stoughton Hospital ranked to both the Wisconsin and national averages. Stoughton Hospital ranked higher than both averages in every category, including 90 percent of patients who reported that their nurses “always” communicated well, compared to 83 percent and 80 for Wisconsin and national averages, respectively.

To learn more about the rating, visit medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.

Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@wcinet.com.