Keck Hospital of USC has received a 4-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in its January 2019 review. The ratings ranged from 1 to 5 stars, with most hospitals receiving a 3.

“We are very pleased to have received a 4-star rating both this year and last year,” said Stephanie L. Hall, MD, MHA, chief medical officer of Keck Medicine of USC and associate dean of clinical affairs at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “We are continuously striving to make improvements in providing the best possible quality of care and patient experience at Keck Hospital.”

The hospital received a higher ranking than nearly 70 percent of the more than 4,000 hospitals nationwide that were reviewed. Ratings were based on 100 quality measurements in seven categories: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging. Some of the measurements used to calculate the hospital ratings were based only on data from Medicare patients, while others were based on data from all patients.

In addition, a study by the Association of American Medical Colleges found that Keck Hospital was among just 17 percent of academic teaching hospitals to have achieved a 4-star rating.  Locally, Keck Hospital was among 17 out of 70 hospitals within a 25-mile radius that received a 4-star rating.