September 15, 2023

Bedford and Tullahoma-Harton Hospitals awarded four stars by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital (VBH) and Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital (VTHH) were awarded four out of five stars for overall hospital quality by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This marks yet another improvement to the hospitals’ quality measures following their acquisition by Vanderbilt Health.

Each year CMS assigns star ratings to U.S hospitals based on 46 quality measures, which are divided into five categories: safety of care, mortality, patient experience, readmission rates, and timely and effective care. The final rating shows how well each hospital performed on those quality measures compared to other hospitals in the U.S. The more stars, the better a hospital performed.

“We have always pushed ourselves to deliver personalized, high-quality care to our community, and a four-star rating is a testament to our staff’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of our patients through the support of Vanderbilt Health,” said Rich Ellis, president of VTHH.

“This new rating is the direct result of our team’s dedication and investment in the health of our neighbors and families,” added Travis Capers, interim president for VBH and president of Vanderbilt Regional Community Hospitals. “This has been years in the making and truly reflects each hospital’s ability to deliver quality and compassionate care to patients.”

Vanderbilt University Medical Center acquired both hospitals in January 2021 as one transaction. Since the acquisition of both hospitals, Vanderbilt Health’s resources and expertise have augmented the hospitals’ operations, including quality and safety best practices.

“This milestone marks a big step forward in the hospitals’ journey toward excellence in patient care,” said Capers. “Vanderbilt Health will continue to invest in these communities, their health and their future.”

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