Buffalo Hospital earns 5 Star quality rating from CMS

For more information, contact: Tim Burke, 651-409-3030

BUFFALO, Minn. (March 5, 2020) — Buffalo Hospital, a part of Allina Health, has been awarded the highest quality rating, five stars, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Only 11 hospitals in Minnesota, and 407 in the U.S., earned five-star ratings.

"Congratulations to our Buffalo Hospital team for achieving a 5-Star Rating,” said Kelly Spratt, Buffalo Hospital president. “I am very proud of our team’s commitment to achieving outstanding results in delivering Whole Person Care to the greater Buffalo Community."

This overall hospital rating is based on measured data publicly reported on CMS’ Hospital Compare tool (medicare.gov/hospitalcompare). It summarizes up to 51 measures across seven aspects of quality, including patient experience and effectiveness of care into a single star rating for each hospital. The hospital rating shows how well each hospital performed on average compared to other hospitals in the U.S. in treating common conditions.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services created the Five-Star Quality Rating System as an evidence-based evaluation reflecting a hospital’s standard of care. The rating system is based on quality measurements that have real meaning for patient.

The CMS hospital star ratings are based on 51 quality measures across seven categories:

  • Effectiveness of care;
  • Efficient use of medical imaging;
  • Mortality;
  • Patient experience;
  • Readmissions;
  • Safety of care; and
  • Timeliness of care.

About Buffalo Hospital

Part of Allina Health, Buffalo Hospital is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves in and around Wright County.

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services.