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[Post Falls, August 2, 2023] – Northwest Specialty Hospital (NWSH) proudly announces that it has been awarded a prestigious 5-Star Rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The 5-Star Rating is the highest possible rating in CMS’s Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating system, a testament to NWSH’s unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional patient care and safety.

The CMS Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating is a comprehensive evaluation of hospitals based on 46 quality measures publicly reported. These measures are divided into five key categories, including Mortality, Safety of Care, Readmission, Patient Experience, and Timely & Effective Care. Hospitals are rated based on the data available for each measure group, and only those meeting reporting thresholds are eligible for a star rating.

Among the 4,654 hospitals evaluated nationwide, merely 483, or just over 10%, received the distinguished 5-Star Rating, placing NWSH among the top echelon of healthcare facilities in the country. Only four hospitals in the state of Idaho received this coveted rating. This achievement reflects NWSH’s dedication to delivering outstanding healthcare outcomes and prioritizing patient safety and satisfaction.

“We are immensely proud of achieving the 5-Star Rating from CMS, which is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our healthcare professionals and staff,” said CEO Rick Rasmussen. “At NWSH, we have always prioritized patient-centered care and maintained the highest standards in medical excellence. This recognition reinforces our commitment to our patients and the communities we serve.”

NWSH continues to invest in cutting-edge medical technologies and evidence-based practices, ensuring that patients receive timely and effective care across all medical specialties. The hospital’s relentless pursuit of excellence has led to this well-deserved acknowledgment from CMS. 

For more than two decades, NWSH has been a leading healthcare provider in northern Idaho, offering a wide range of medical services backed by a team of compassionate and skilled healthcare professionals. The 5-Star Rating from CMS reaffirms NWSH’s position as a trusted healthcare partner for the community. 


For more information, please contact:

Media Contact: Shana Kepner 

[email protected]

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