Local Shore Area Hospital Ranked Four Stars

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  MANAHAWKIN – Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center has received a four out of five-star rating in the 2021 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) overall hospital quality star ratings. Southern Ocean Medical Center has become one of only ten hospitals in New Jersey to receive this rating.

  “What better distinction can a hospital receive than to be noted for its efforts in providing safe, quality care,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, regional president, southern market, Hackensack Meridian Health. “We remain dedicated to enhancing the quality of the care and safety we provide as well as improving our patient experience.”

  Over 4,500 hospitals were rated between one to five stars, five representing the highest quality rating. CMS based their ratings on how well a hospital performs across different areas of quality, such as treating heart attacks and pneumonia, readmission rates, and safety of care.

  “This is an extraordinary accomplishment that exemplifies the dedication and collaboration of the entire Southern Ocean Medical Center team to deliver the best patient care,” said Michele Morrison, MPH, BSHA, RN, president and chief hospital executive. “I am extremely proud of our team members for receiving this recognition.”

  The overall rating, between one and five stars, summarizes a variety of measures across seven areas of quality into a single star rating for each hospital. The seven measure groups include:

  • Mortality
  • Safety of care
  • Readmission
  • Patient experience
  • Effectiveness of care
  • Timeliness of care
  • Efficient use of medical imaging

  For more information or a free physician referral, visit southernoceanmedicalcenter.com.