Pictured Above: The Outer Banks Hospital is 1 of 155 of 3,542 hospitals nationwide to receive a “Five-Star” rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS).

Fewer than 5% of Medicare-certified acute-care hospitals of the 3,542 eligible received the “Five-Star” status. The hospital rating system offers a star rating based on 11 publicly reported measures in the Hospital Consumer Agreement of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey (HCAHPS), which assesses patient experiences.

“With nearly 2500 surgeries performed at The Outer Banks Hospital during 2015, it’s clear that we are committed to providing the right care, right here and increasing access to healthcare for community residents. These awards and accolades we continue to receive from accrediting bodies who benchmark healthcare are a direct result of our committed and caring staff,” shared hospital President, Ronnie Sloan.

CMS released its “Five-Star” rating for hospitals in April and updated the ratings based on new HCAHPS data in July and October. The latest update, released in December, is based on new HCAHPS survey results for the reporting period from April 1, 2014-March 31, 2015.